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.