Junior (JR) Harris | Obituary

Shaw & Sons Funeral Home

Junior (JR) Harris, 73, of Washington, died on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Memorial Hospital in the loving arms of his beloved soul mate Elisa Harris, with her children by his side. JR was born November 25, 1947 in Yellville, Arkansas, to Virginia Buchannan and Johnny L. Harris, and his family moved to Yakima in 1954. He graduated from Highland High School in 1966 and, as a proud American, he enlisted in the Army where he served as an engineer during the Vietnam War.

JR met his soul mate and the love of his life, Elisa Martinez in seventh grade, and they began a love that grew for over 60 years, including 54 years as a married couple. Throughout their marriage, they inspired many people with their loving and caring actions. JR was a loving, amazing and compassionate husband. He was a proud and supportive father to his children and grandchildren, and a great role model for his nieces, nephews and everyone he met. He enjoyed coaching softball, basketball and baseball. JR has inspired many young athletes with his positive teachings and encouragement. His kids and athletes could spot him in a crowd with his iconic cowboy hat on. He always arrived an hour early for games and stayed late to congratulate the players, whether it was a win or a loss.

JR was a family man who loved spending vacations with his wife and family. Some of his favorite places were Cannon Beach, Seaside, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean. JR hunted elk on horseback for several years with his friends where laughter and stories are special to many. He was a hell of a hunter and known for his physical strength with always a smile on his face. Then, for the next 40 years, he enjoyed setting up an elk camp and hunting with his son, grandson, brothers-in-law and friends. He also looked forward to his annual salmon fishing trip with Lenny and his daily phone calls with Johnny Z. He enjoyed dancing, playing rummy, barbecuing and hosting family functions. His hobbies were mowing the lawn, building and landscaping. JR was known for his contagious laugh and smile, big hugs, strong drinks and his signature “I’m living the dream”.

JR loved his job and never retired. He has been a proud and loyal field representative for CPC International Apple Company for 25 years. He had a strong work ethic with a no BS mentality. He didn’t like modern technology; everything was written by hand and stored in his head.

JR is survived by his best friend and beloved wife of 54 years, Elisa Harris of Selah, his children Tina Harris of Renton and Kip Harris of Selah; his grandchildren Deshawn Harris of Charlotte, North Carolina, Katelin and Kassidy Harris of Selah; his brothers Kenny and Dianne Harris of Randall, and Billy Harris of Yakima, his sister Deborah Sue Harris and Craig Lower of Boise, ID; loving in-laws Bill and Elva Huffman of Yakima, Gary and Melva St. George of Yakima, and Robbie and June De La Rosa of Cowiche; Sisters-in-law Sue Harris and Mary Sutley Harris. He loved all of his nieces and nephews (too many to mention). He was predeceased by his parents Johnny and Virginia Harris, his brothers Gillis Harris and Danny Harris, and his sister Judy Harris.

We would like to thank the nursing staff at Memorial Hospital, as well as Dr Ester Hunte, Sister Faye and Father Jesus for the care provided. We would also like to thank Donna of Shaw & Sons Funeral Home. Special thanks to the CPC for their continued support and boxes of apples given to the nurses of the Covid service. Most of all, we would like to thank our family and friends for all the prayers, love and support during this difficult time.

JR Harris funeral services will be held on Saturday March 19, 2022 at Yakima Foursquare Church from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Selah Civic Center. For more information, contact Donna at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home, who looks after the family. Memories and condolences can be left with the family at www.shawandsons.com.

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