GRANDON HARRIS (LEFT) GREETING FORMER CITY FORESTER HOWARD LARSEN AT DEDICATION OF BAYFIELD'S FIRST HERITAGE TREE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
Saturday, 8:00 AM. 58 degrees F at the ferry dock, 57 on the back porch. Wind SW, gusty at times. The sky is overcast and misty, the humidity 91%. The barometer is more or less steady at 29.60". The forecast is for rainy weather in the 50's for the next few days.
The City of Bayfield Tree Board lost a valued member last Sunday. His obituary speaks for itself; we will plant a tree in Grandon's memory, the best tribute we know of and one he would appreciate.
C. Grandon Harris, 76, of Bayfield, died suddenly Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 following heart surgery. Grandon was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the older son of Chapin and Mary Harris. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Berwick Academy, Bates College, New England College, and Andover Newton Theological School. He was an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, an environmentalist and a photographer.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy; his two daughters: Elizabeth Entile of Batavia, Illinois, Leah Harris-Musack (Loren) of Missoula, Montana; his brother, David (Janice) of Eagle River; and his four grandchildren: Rachael and Alexandra Granger, and Elliott and Spencer Harris-Musack. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chapin and Mary Harris and his younger sister, Debbie (Ivan) Mount.
Grandon and his wife, Dorothy were called to serve the Ponca Creek UCC in the South Dakota Rosebud Sioux community of Milk’s Camp in 1967 following his completion of seminary. There his two daughters were born; he pastored the tiny church and worked extensively with youth. Because the need for jobs was so great, Gran’s ministry became one of developing employment. With the community, he developed a community-owned cooperative, Milk’s Camp Industries, which first manufactured and sold nationally Indian novelty tom-toms and later assembled and recycled products for 3M and other companies. Grandon was awarded The Peace Pipe Award in 1975 by the US Depart. of Commerce (Indian Affairs) for his work.
Grandon and his family left their beloved Dakota community in 1980, relocating to northern Wisconsin. There he concentrated on environmental and peace issues and built a passive-solar envelope home. As a lay member of the Park Falls UCC, he chaired the building committee which raised half a million dollars to make the church universally accessible and oversaw the construction of this project. He worked for Jim Saunders Wood Specialties for 12 years.
In 2005 Grandon and Dot retired to Bayfield, where he immediately involved himself in the Bayfield Presbyterian Church, the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, and the Bayfield Tree Board. A life-long photographer, he shared his photos with the community and church. His family and friends remember him with either a camera or tool in his hand.
A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 14 at the Bayfield Presbyterian Church, visitation was at 1 p.m. with a service following at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers his family requested donations to the Bayfield Regional Conservancy or an environmental project close to your heart.
Grandon was a tireless and highly skilled member of the Tree Board, and we miss him and his pruning shears already.
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I am semi-retired after a long career in botanical garden and arboretum management. We have lived and worked in WI, NY, NE an OH, and love this big, bold country of ours, where anyone with a desire to educate themselves and work hard can succeed. I have nearly quit calling myself an environmentalist, since I consider the once proud term to have been hijacked by too many persons and causes that are little more than left wing apologists with their own, usually unscientific and anti-democracy agendas. And nobody understands what a "Conservationist" is anymore. Hence the "Conservative Environmentalist." I Currently work as a horticulture consultant, designing and installing landscapes and gardens locally and elsewhere. I also serve as the (volunteer) Forester for the City of Bayfield, and am a member of the State of Wisconsin Urban Forestry Advisory Council.