Mr. Don Harris was called to be with His Maker on Monday, April 7th, 2014. He was 73 years of age. Born in Crossett, Arkansas, on December 2nd, 1940, Don moved with his family to West Monroe, Louisiana in the late 50's where he met his wife, Wanda Mouton. They moved to Austin, TX in 1964 with their two sons, Shane and Slade.
Don was employed by A&P and Safeway grocery chains as Meat Dept. Manager prior to his employment with the Texas State Health Department, as a Supervisor with the State Meat Inspection Service.
Upon his retirement in 1996, Don and his wife Wanda took on a life of travels. For 8 years Don and Wanda worked at various resorts in the mountains. They both had a love for the great outdoors and this work satisfied and met that passion. Don was an avid hunter from back in his days living in West Monroe. He loved to hunt and fish and was very much a "people person". He never met a stranger.
Later in his retirement years, Don took a liking in woodworking, where he was very "gifted". There was nothing he could not build or create for his friends. He took great pride in turning a simple piece of wood into a beautiful piece of work created by his hands. He so often said he'd like to make his own "coffin". To honor that desire, this will be done, only it wasn't made by his hands. His second hobby was sitting in front of a slot machine in Las Vegas or Kinder, LA where they knew him well.
Don leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Wanda; along with son, Shane and his wife Sandy and grandsons, Cade and Cory; and son, Slade and grandson, Dalton. They appreciate the love and support of the many friends and acquaintances Don has made throughout the years. His "second and extended" family, Jeree and Karel Hanavec along with Sydney and "K2" saw that Don was comfortable till the end, as well.
The family wishes to extend appreciation to the Serenity Senior Living Alzheimer's staff in Pflugerville for making Don feel comfortable in "his own world" during his stay and Dr. Jaron Winston of Senior Adult Specialty for adding years to his life and allowing him to be with those that love him so much.
Pallbearers will be longtime friends and co-workers, Logan Brinkmeyer of Taylor, Robert Bazemore Jr. of Buda, J.P. Smith, of Canyon Lake, Cletus Wilhelm of Austin, Johnny Vasicek, Karel Hanavec, Chris Willis and Lee Bazemore III, Honorary Pall Bearer lifelong friend Bill Matheny of Calhoun, LA. Music was selected by Don years ago. Per his request Ray Charles' Georgia On My Mind, bringing back many good memories from his days in West Monroe and I Can't Stop Loving You, and Blueberry Hill will be played. Jeff Miller will play Amazing Grace on the trumpet at the graveside
Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Graveside services celebrating Don's life here on earth will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Cook-Walden/ Capital Parks Cemetery.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014