John Steven Harris

Date of Birth

August 8, 1942

Date of Death

February 15, 2015

Adventurer, traveler and smarter than the president, John Steven Harris aka “Harry” passed with his irreverent sense of humor, incredibly open heart, and wordplay intact to the very end. Kind to the poor and mean to the rich, John’s clever, urbane and wicked acerbic wit brought him and his hundreds of friends immense joy, as he was always his authentic, truth teller self, never apologetic and fiercely loyal. In that spirit, prior to his passing, John requested that anyone who cherished him do something kind for somebody they normally wouldn’t do something kind for.

Ahead of his time, John was a somatic educator on approaches to physical and emotional pain and has been an ally in the healing process of thousands of people. As a child his favorite outfit was his bb gun and cowboy hat, and not surprisingly, he was thrown out of University numerous times before graduating. Fluent in Spanish, John traveled extensively in South America, was once shot at and was almost kidnapped in Morocco. All fodder for future storytelling.

Throughout his storied career, John was a PR professional at a law school; taught countless students chronic myofascial pain relief in workshops around the planet and locally at Body Therapy Institute; was a massage therapist at the ’84 Olympics; created a technique for barefoot sports massage and co-authored a book called “Fix Pain.”

He is survived by his better brother, a.k.a “the good son”; three natural children who he felt were better looking than he, but not as smart; a faux-da; two ex-wives; his formerly alive dachshunds Hildagard and Heidi and his sparkling sense of humor.


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