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The Rev. Dr. Donald Lee Harris
  • January 09, 1947
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  • April 28, 2016

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The Rev. Dr. Donald Lee Harris, 69, passed away on April 28, 2016 at Westminster Winter Park with Cornerstone Hospice. He was born on January 9, 1947 in Troy, Ohio to Robert and Jeanne Harris.
Don grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. After high school he attended Carroll College and received a bachelor’s degree. He then went to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity. Don continued his education at McCormick Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry.
Don pastored three churches within twenty-three years. He was known for being an inspiration to many and leading people to a deeper faith. God then called Don to Westminster Communities where he served in church relations and foundation services. He once again was known for his greatest gift; the gift of love. Don enjoyed walking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf, nature, classic cars and had a love for cooking.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Bob and Jeanne Harris.
Don is survived by his spouse Brenda whom he was married to for 47 years; his son Tom, (Michelle) Harris; his daughter Jennifer (Adam) Meyer; his brothers Jay (Judy) Harris and Steve Harris; his grandchildren Baylee Harris and Lucas, Ethan, Gavin and Timothy Meyer; his Aunt Barbara (Jim) Stoneman and his nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Park Lake Presbyterian Church, 309 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32801 at 11:00 a.m., May 7, 2016. There will be a reception following the memorial service at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Ray of Hope Medical Missions www.rayofhopemm.com/#!dontate/c1ghi or 4107 Gallmeyer Ct, Ft. Wayne, IN 46835. Condolences may be left on The Rev. Dr. Donald Lee Harris online guest book at www.baldwincremation.com


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  1. 05 May 2016
    Bob & Margie Bowles says:
    We are saddened to hear of Don's death. He and Brenda were good friends and neighbors while we were at Louisville. Don taught me how to barbecue chicken on a Weber. Margie and Brenda had to eat the burnt offerings. We have lost a good one.

  2. 05 May 2016
    Bob & Margie Bowles says:
    Don was a good friend during our seminary years at Louisville. He taught me how to barbecue chicken on a Weber. Our love and condolences to Brenda, Tom and Jennie. We lost a good one.

  3. 05 May 2016
    Joyce Pittman Angell says:
    Don and the Harris family were an important part of my teenage years- babysitting Tom and Jennie as well as dog sitting. Don's advise to me when I left for college still resonates with me today.
    He was a breath of fresh air to a small town church.

  4. 04 May 2016
    Cedric Richner says:
    While I just got to know Don in recent years, I was struck by his generous spirit and kindness. Laced with a great sense of humor, he was clearly smart and capable, my experience with him was that he was selflessly focused on the well being and support of other people. I feel honored to have known him.

  5. 04 May 2016
    Hal & Joan Jensen says:
    We will miss this giant of the faith at Westminster Shores, St. Petersburg. His energy and compassion were contagious. His devotion to his mission was obvious. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family!

  6. 03 May 2016
    Peace River Presbytery says:
    Peace River Presbytery extends their thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of the family members.

    The Office of Peace River Presbytery

  7. 02 May 2016
    Donald & Becky Custis says:
    We were saddened to learn recently of Don's illness and now his death. He was a very friendly and helpful person to Becky and me as we were going through the process of entering Westminster Woods. Additionally he always greeted me with genuine warmth in setting such as Presbytery meetings. We extend our condolences to all of his family members.

  8. 02 May 2016
    Jim Polaski says:
    A great man who did many great things. Don Will be missed.

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