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Ian David Harris

August 4, 1990 - July 5, 2018

     Our wonderful, unique, and much-loved son died unexpectedly on July 5, 2018.  He was 27 years old.
     Ian was born Aug. 4, 1990 to David and Lorna Harris.  He attended Candalaria and Howard Street Charter schools.  He graduated from South Salem High and studied at Chemeketa Community College.  He was a good student, a creative and divergent thinker who also had intense focus when the subject appealed to him.  At age 14 he won the Oregon State Bar High School Essay contest.  He enjoyed art, graphic arts, and weightlifting. 
     Ian volunteered at the Oregon State Library after college, and later worked at Kwan’s Cuisine for a while as a dishwasher and gopher. 
     Ian was a techie who enjoyed combining his graphic art skills with programming in app development.  He was proud of Algebra Fish, his animated math game app. He had more apps in the works.  Ian loved Wikipedia and Google Analytics.  His life and work were fueled by Starbucks.
     Ian played the violin starting at age 6.  He loved fast pieces.  His favorite work was Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
     At age 22, Ian was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  As time went on it became apparent that he had a severe form, treatment-resistant schizophrenia.  He benefited from the EASA Early Assessment & Support Alliance program.  He spent much time in the hospital.  At the time of his passing he lived at Horizon House, where he had both independence and great care.
     Ian was strong, stoic, gentle, kind, sincere, sweet, and generous.  He was very forgiving and retained a degree of innocence into adulthood.  He was a Christian.  Ian was a quiet part of the force of goodness in our community, and his passing leaves a hole in our hearts. The cause of his death is not known.
     Ian is survived by his parents; by his sister, Rebecca; by his grandmother, Ethel Rae Harris; and by three pairs of aunts and uncles, and by eight cousins.  He was predeceased by grandfather Milo Harris, and grandparents, Ivan and Evelyn Muth. 
     A graveside service will be held on Tuesday July 17th at 9 a.m., at City View Cemetery.  A gathering will follow around 9:30 in the City View reception room.  All are welcome; feel free to come to either part or both. 
     In lieu of flowers or donations:  Please welcome and show kindness to someone who is a little different.  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Ian was a friend to our son when a friendly peer was hard to find. We will remember Ian as a bright and curious child and a kind and thoughtful young man. We are greatly saddened by his passing.
Mark and Alissa Joerger

Our hearts go out to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorna & Dave,

Our hearts break for you.  Your love for your son pours out of your words, "our wonderful, unique and much-loved son....."  How beautifully made we all are and who better to see the beautiful in a young man but his parents.  Your final sentence, "in lieu of flowers or donations:  please welcome and show kindness to someone who is a little different" brought me to tears.  Thank you for the reminder that we can all make a difference in the day of someone else - a beautiful testament to your son.

Ian had so much beauty in his spirit and was so gifted!  Your description of his life and qualities captures this so beautifully.  Your caring and love for him has been an inspiration to me and to so many others whose lives you have touched.

Thank you for sharing your experience of your journey with Ian.

Nina Donnelly

To Lorna, David, and Rebecca, our deepest sympathies on the loss of Ian.  We know your hearts are breaking, but we also know that Ian belongs to God who will take care of him for all eternity.


To Ian's Family, Lorna, It was very kind and thoughtful of you to call me about Ian in your time of reflection.  I will always remember Ian; a very kind and thoughtful student with an inquiring sense of the world around him.  He liked to 'march to a different drummer', and I always loved his beat!  Thank you for sharing a year of his young life with me; I was the lucky one. 
Blessing to you and your family.

Harris Family,
I don’t know you, and didn’t know your precious son, Ian, but my heart goes out to you. My son Zachary was also diagnosed with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. He too, was bright, musically gifted, a techie, kind and gentle, generous and sweet, and a Christian - and he, too, left us too soon, and unexpectedly. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you draw comfort in knowing that he is now at perfect peace.