Robert Jay Harris of Layton celebrated his 90th birthday at a dinner with his wife, children and their spouses on Saturday, May 18, at the Maddox Ranch House Restaurant.
He was born May 18, 1923, at his home in Layton to Ezra P. and Emma Stimpson Harris.
He married Odessa Webster Hill on April 10, 1946, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple.
He graduated from Davis High School, furthering his education at Weber State College, Utah State University and Brigham Young University.
He was a midship gunner in the Air Force and served in Italy during World War II. Employed in civil service, he worked at Hill Air Force Base and as a contract administrator until he retired in 1978 from the Department of Defense in Salt Lake City. During those years of employment, he owned and operated Harris Dairy on Antelope Drive. After retirement, he became involved in real estate and was also a building inspector for Barnes Bank.
An active member of the LDS Church, he served in many positions, including bishop and stake presidency. His family says he has enthusiasm for life and has been a blessing to all with whom he has come in contact.
His interests are horseback riding, family gatherings, traveling road trips and the company of family and good friends.
His children and their spouses are Randy and Donna Harris, Guatemala; Curtis and LeAnn Harris, Kaysville; Joan and Jay Argyle, Tremonton; Karen Bell (deceased); Chris and Tammy Bell, Kaysville; Lark Neilson (deceased); Dave and Sharon Neilson, Mapleton; and Ann and Kent Flint, Layton. He has 34 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren.