Soldotna resident James Wesley Harris died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 62
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Marty Hall will speak at the service.
Mr. Harris was born Sept. 17, 1938 in Redding, Calif. He attended school in Vallejo, Calif., and Napa, Calif. He graduated from Napa High School in 1955. He moved to Alaska in 1957, and homesteaded in 1958. He worked as a driller in the oil fields at Swanson River. He left Alaska in 1961 and went to work as an inspector for the Mare Island Naval Ship Yards inspecting nuclear submarines. In 1974, he returned to Alaska and worked as an inspector for most of the oil companies on the North Slope.
Mr. Harris enjoyed boating, flying, fishing and camping. He enjoyed doing many other outdoor activities, and also owned his own plane.
His family said, "He was a very caring father, husband and friend to many. His family and his dreams were his main interests. He also wanted to preserve his dreams."
Mr. Harris is preceded in death by a son Croy. He is survived by his father, Herrick Harris of Anderson, Calif.; mother, Phyllis Harris of Soldotna; his wife of 35 years, Dorthy "Robbie" Harris of Soldotna; daughter, Kathy Harris of California; son, James M. "Mike" Harris of Soldotna; and grandchildren, Laurel and Ryan Harris of Soldotna.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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