John "Adam" Patrick Harris was born on January 29, 1933 in San Francisco, California. He grew up in San Francisco as the youngest of three children. He attended the University of California, Berkeley receiving his Teachers Certificate. He enlisted in the Army in 1954 and served two years during the Korean War.
Once Adam was discharge from the army, he began his teaching career that spanned over 50 years. His favorite part of teaching was coaching sports. He even built a track and field course in his backyard for his five children. He coached every sport and spent countless hours mentoring students. He taught every subject, but his specialty was history. After "retirement" Adam continued to teach and substitute until he was in his 80's. He so loved his students and education.
Adam and Georgia married March 19, 1989 in San Diego, California. They retired soon after and began to travel the U.S. and Europe. They spent many years in an RV going across the country and Mexico.
Eventually, they settled in Emmett where Georgia's two daughters lived. And spent alternate years in Three Rivers, California where Adam's children lived.
Adam and Georgia enjoyed the thespian crowd. When Adam found out there was no theatre option in Emmett, he approached Al Schneider at the high school about starting a playhouse. Al, who was still busy teaching, was enthusiastic about the idea and encouraged Adam to take on the job. Thus, they became the founder fathers of the Emmett Community Playhouse, which is still going strong today. He was also active in his church and in the Lions Club.
He was well loved by all who met him. He had a ready smile and delightful stories to tell. He was always willing to help anyone who asked. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Georgia and her daughter, Laurie Clemens; his five children, Mary Drummond, Jackie Groeber, Robin Pena, David and Steven and a multitude of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He will be missed by all who knew him. Services to celebrate his life will be held at the Emmett St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10 am.