John Ingram Harris
John Ingram Harris, 55, passed away peacefully March 4, 2013 at his home in Austin, Texas. He is survived by three loving daughters: Amy Hauck, Amanda Harris and Anna Harris as well as two beloved sisters, Katherine Harris and Jane Hill. He is also survived by two beautiful granddaughters, Haven and Piper, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family that loved him very much. John was born Sept 1, 1957 and raised in Chatham, New Jersey, the son of William and Gladys Harris. The entire family moved to Texas where John graduated with a business degree from the University of Texas
. He met and married his wife Laura Arhos and they spent the next 25 years raising their daughters and managing Harris and Associates Real Estate before his bipolar disorder progressed. In the last four years of his life John worked for the Austin State Hospital in the Peer Support Program mentoring residents struggling with mental illness. He was often noted for his warmth and compassion toward each individual he mentored, and his ability to choose transparency in his own story so that others might benefit from his experiences. He was also attending Austin Seminary of the Southwest, working toward his master's degree in counseling. John's Christian walk was very important to him and he was a tireless seeker in his relationship with God. John will be remembered for his gentle nature, wonderfully creative"off- the- wall"sense of humor and the love he had for his family. He was a voracious reader and lifelong student, taking each opportunity he could to humbly listen and learn from those around him. He could also seemingly remember the name and author of every book he ever read, including quotations, much to the consternation of his sisters. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 3pm in Christ Chapel at the Seminary of the Southwest located at 501 E. 32nd Street, Austin TX. All who knew and loved John at any point in his life are welcome to attend. John was a generous spirit who always wanted to help others. If you would like to make a gift in his honor, please consider contributing to either The Salvation Army or The Seminary of the Southwest.