Aug. 16, 1919 — June 17, 2014
Jack Harris of Cameron Park passed away peacefully at the Casa Coloma Health Care Center in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He was born on a farm in Tuttle, Calif., to Floyd and Isabelle (Copenhaver) Harris on Aug. 16, 1919.
Jack joined the Navy in 1941, rising quickly to Chief Petty Officer. He sailed throughout the Pacific during World War II on the USS Cascade which could pick a destroyer out of the water, repair it, resupply it and furnish it with a new crew before sending it back into action. Immediately after the war, he married Kathlyn Martin and raised two children, Sandra Moniz of Cottage Grove, Ore., and Patrick Harris of Lorane, Ore. He retired from the Navy in 1962.
Jack married Lorraine “Rainy” Harding in 1977, and built a loving family with her children, Shelley Theall of Placerville, James of Sacramento and Randall. He was a man of great humor and many talents. He was such an expert handyman that he worked at the Ace Hardware Store in Cameron Park into his 80s. But he was a gardener at heart. His back yard had 15 varieties of fruit trees, many bonsai and a collection of orchids; and his front yard was lush with roses.
Jack’s wife Rainy passed away on March 27, 2014, in the same health care center where he had lived the last year. His joyous reunion with family and friends at her memorial service in April was also a fitting memorial to this wonderful man. He was also preceded in death by both parents; two sisters; two brothers; and his step-son, Randall.