May 1, 1924 – Oct. 5, 2012
Keith Snell Harris died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Kaysville, Utah.
His life was faithfully centered upon the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his Lord and Savior. He had great faith in Jesus Christ and in the promise of eternal life. He will be missed by all but never forgotten. He loved his family, his church and his country.
Keith was born in Lovell on May 1, 1924, to James Keith and Minerva (Snell) Harris. He graduated from Lovell High School and then attended college at Visalia, Calif. He then enlisted in the Air Force and took his flight training in California and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. Keith then went on to teach as a flight instructor.
At this time he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Eliza Tolman, when they were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple March 17, 1944. He lost his beautiful bride after 50 years while they were on their golden wedding anniversary cruise in Skagway, Alaska, on Aug. 6, 1994.
After his discharge from the Air Force he became a civilian flight instructor for several years. Keith then went to work for Continental Airlines and several oil companies for 34 years before hanging up his wings after 21,000 hours of flying time. During his time with the oil companies he flew company executives throughout the world and came to realize what a choice land America and the United States truly are.
Keith was next married to his longtime family friend, Imogene Bell, on Feb. 18, 1995, in Denver. She died May 6, 2007, in Layton, Utah. Keith then married Doris Jones Oct. 26, 2007, in Rapid City, S.D. They were later sealed in the Bountiful Temple Aug. 2, 2011.
Keith served in many LDS Church callings including: patriarch-18 years at Pikes Peak Colorado Stake; bishop-Third Ward, Pikes Peak Stake at Colorado Springs; sealer for six years at the LDS Denver Temple; high councilman, Pikes Peak Stake, and genealogist.
Keith loved his family, the Gospel and flying. He, along with his sons, spent many years flying large model airplanes throughout Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. He taught and instilled the love of flying in many other people along the way.
Keith is survived by his wife, Doris (Jones) Harris; his children, James K. (Suzane) Harris of Clearfield, Utah, Ted (Sue) Harris of Moorcroft, Wyo., Cindy (Nick) Mondy of Ft. Collins, Colo., Mary Kristi (Mike) Jolley of Las Vegas and Holly (David) Urban of Colorado Springs; five step-children, Anne (Martin)Hollis of Roy, Utah, Marty Hamby of Rapid City, Theresa (Lamar) Roemer of Woodlands, Texas, and Dan (Judy) Bell of Layton, Utah; 25 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Tolman) Harris, wife Imogene (Jennie Small Bell) Harris, son Jerry J. Harris, sisters Nadene Harris Turpin, Edna Harris and Maureen Harris, parents James Keith and Minerva Snell Harris and step-son Stan Bell.
Funeral services were held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Oct. 10, 2012. An online guest book is available at www.russonmortuary.com.
Condolences may be sent to Doris Harris and family at 367 Season St., Kaysville, UT, 84037.