David L. Harris, 70, died May 16 at 9:59 pm from dementia complications. David was a fourth generation Denverite, born at St. Joseph's hospital on October 28, 1951. A devout Catholic and lover of Jesuit education, he was a graduate from Regis High School and what is now Regis University. While at the High School he was the basketball team manager and played handball most mornings before school. His love for handball extended well into his adulthood, playing weekly with High School pals, Ray Gerken and Marty Huter as long as their bodies allowed. While at what was then Regis College, he was a member of the Fraternity Rho Chi Sigma, which often volunteered at St. Vincent's Orphanage. He received his Master's degree in teaching from Colorado State University.
David gave his life in service to others, be that family, friends, students, children walking down the street or children half a world away. Nothing made him happier than a smile on a child's face. He was pretty happy when he made adults laugh and smile too. His jokes, especially as his dementia progressed, were - there is no nice way to say this - bad.
He was a popular teacher at Stein Elementary in Jeffco for 33 years. Sharing his love for US History and Presidents, bi-yearly throughout his teaching career he took fifth and sixth grade students to Washington D.C., ensuring that every student who wanted to go was able to through raising funds for their trip. In 1998 he received the county's Teacher of the Year Award. He retired in 2002 and substituted for an additional 17 years in Denver and Jefferson Counties.
From 1983 until 2021 he was a member of the Alameda West Kiwanis Club in a variety of positions. He co-founded the Write Stuff program, which distributes school supplies throughout Jeffco. In 2021 he received the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. He was also a proud Key Club Rocky Mountain District Administrator. As part of his role, he led students throughout the District in raising funds to build a school in Vietnam, he traveled with a group of Key Club members to Vietnam for the dedication of the school.
For several years he arranged for Japanese students to have home stays in the Denver area to improve their English and as a cultural exchange.
He was a devout Catholic and generous to the Church and other charitable causes. He was a Broncos season ticket holder for over fifty years.
He married Ann Noble in 1978; they divorced in 1998; she survives. In addition to his four surviving brothers Paul, Mark, Vince, and Tom; his Little Sister, Angie Barnett; he is survived by his four children Ben, Mimi, David Jae, and Rebecca; three grandchildren Ahmalee, Wesley, and Ollie.
His family likes to think he's telling bad jokes, drinking margaritas, listing U.S. Presidents in chronological order and other random Presidential facts, and handing out $2 bills in Heaven.
Never one to leave a party early, he ensured his last days were full of those he loved by his side laughing and joking. Rosary will be held July 21st, 6:00 pm, Funeral Mass July 22nd, 11:00 am, both at the Regis University Chapel. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Association for Fronto Temporal Degeneration: https://www.theaftd.org/support-aftda-mission.
Entrance/Lot 4: Ignatius Entrance
Lowell Boulevard between 52nd and 53rd Avenues: Provides direct access to St. Peter Claver, S.J. Hall, O'Sullivan Fine Arts Center, and St. John Francis Regis Chapel. Park in lower lot 4, almost directly to the left as you enter campus. The Chapel is located directly to the south of lower lot 4, utilizing the stairs.
For handicap parking (Lower lot 4 has handicap parking but it's a longer walk to the Chapel because the stairs are the quickest access to the chapel), drive further up Mountain View Way and park in Upper Lot 4.
Reception is at Walker's Pub in the Student Center, it's a short walk from the Chapel (there will be signs on campus directing people).