Donald Harris

donald harris

December 24, 1927 ~ March 11, 2023

Born in: Middlebury, Vermont
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

Donald G. Harris, 95, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2023.

Don was born on December 24, 1927, in Middlebury, VT. He grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from high school in 1945. Don served in the US Army from 1945-1947, and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.

In the early 1950’s Don moved to North Carolina where he worked for the USDA and earned a Master’s degree. In 1957 he met the love of his life, Margaret. They married in 1958 and moved to Athens, GA where they had 2 daughters.

Don completed his PhD at the University of Georgia, and in 1970 he was transferred to Bismarck, ND where he worked as a Botanist for the USDA, until his retirement in 1993.

Don and Margaret were active in their community; they enjoyed playing bridge, were active in the church and took professional wedding pictures as a hobby for 25 years. Don enjoyed horseback riding, an activity he shared with his daughters for over a decade. Don was fortunate to see his grandchildren grow up; he introduced them to driving in his electric golf cart and loved watching football with his grandson.

Don is preceded in death by his wife Margaret. He is survived by his daughters, Barb Johnson (LeRoy) of Fargo ND; and Donna Harris of Milwaukee, WI; his grandchildren, Alexa Johnson and Landon Johnson both of Fargo, ND; his brother Blake Harris of OH; his niece Sandy Turman of VA; his nephews Sam Price and Alex Price of NC, and his nieces Finley Keyes and Mary MaGaga also of NC.

Funeral and burial services will be held in Middlebury, VT at a date to be determined.

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  1. I met Don at West Acres while walking. I would also see him at the Bison football games. He had great seats. Don was a true gentleman, I always enjoyed are conversations. Sorry for your loss.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Don. When I saw his picture I knew Don from my days delivering at West Acres and he would be walking. Then I would see him at Hope church. How I wish I would have known this was your Dad. Don was such a sweet and friendly gentleman. We always talked for awhile whenever we met. I can still see him walking in his shorts and knee socks. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.❤️🙏

  3. Don was my favorite client! I cleaned for him so many yrs that he was like family. When I’d come ever other week Mondays he had his routine like clock work! I’d help him with changing bedding and there was a certain way of doing that so I’d wait for him cause I knew it was important to him plus it was something we did together ❤️ 😉. I remember when I first started for him and Margaret was there then, Don took such good care of her ill never forget how caring he was with her. Don also took my husband to Rochester for his scheduled ankle surgery and stayed there for 5 days since I still had a kid at home to take care of, that began their friendship together forever. Perkins was his favorite place to eat, FREE PIE MONDAY HE ALWAYS SAID!! 🤣There’s no one else like Don that’s for sure. Rest in peace Don with the 😇 angels….
    Vickie @ Ray Bingham

  4. Don was a wonderful volunteer at Hope Lutheran for years. He greeted people for the early Sunday morning service and always made everyone feel welcome. We could count on him to come each Sunday he was scheduled and he would always come early so he was prepared for his duties. He had a huge heart and was a good and faithful servant.

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