Obituary: Jeffrey Dean Harris passes |

Obituary: Jeffrey Dean Harris passes

Jeffrey Dean Harris

Jeff “Catfish” Harris passed away on April 7, 2009. He had been struggling with heart problems for quite some time.

Jeff was born in Iowa in 1959. His family moved to San Jose in 1965 and Grass Valley in 1972. He was a 1977 graduate of Nevada Union High.

Jeff was an old-school hard rock miner. He loved the adventurous mining lifestyle. Mining took him from the 16-to-1 mine to places as far flung as Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Puerto Rico, Texas, San Diego, Arizona and Nevada. He also worked on construction projects in Los Angeles and Truckee.

An avid outdoorsman, Jeff shot sporting clays on a professional level and managed his father’s sporting clays facility at Hooker Creek.

Jeff enjoyed alpine skiing, water skiing, hunting, surfing and motorcycle touring. Working on his trucks and sports cars often filled his days.

Jeff packed a lifetime of adventures into his 50 years. His quick-wit, kind heart, and gift of friendship blessed us all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving family include Grandmother, Bonnie McCaskey; parents, Roger and Leona Harris, brother, Sid, and his wife Shelley and daughter Koral, sister- Lisa and her husband Bill Foster, sister, Sonya and her daughter Carly. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also mourn his passing.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will take place at Alta Sierra Country Club in Grass Valley on May 24 from 1-4 p.m.

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