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David Charles “Chuck” Harris


David Charles “Chuck” Harris, age 64, left this world unexpectedly on May 9th, 2021. David was born April 14th 1957 in DeLand, FL, where he was a lifelong resident. He graduated from DeLand High School in 1976.

After high school, David spent 4 years in the Marine Corps before coming back to DeLand. It was there that he met his lifelong love and partner, Sandy, and married her on February 26th, 1981. Shortly, on November 14th, 1981, their beautiful daughter, Jessica, came along to complete their family. David and Sandy lived an interesting and travel-packed life together. In the 90s, they decided to run away and join the circus. They spent thirteen years playing with clowns and elephants on Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus, which had a winter home in DeLand. When they finally decided to settle back down in DeLand, David worked in roofing and welding and ultimately ended up back in the wildlife as a ranch hand and welder in Sorrento. When he wasn’t working, David loved spending time doing anything with his two grandchildren, Sydney and Dylan.

He loved screaming on roller coasters and keeping up with them at the theme parks or just having family dinners. David was a homebody who loved his family immensely. He loved a good dad joke and could always be found by his whistle or spontaneous singing. He worked hard and loved harder. He will forever be missed.

David is survived by his wife Sandra Harris, daughter Jessica Morton, son-in-law Jeffrey Morton and grandchildren Sydney and Dylan Morton. He is also survived by sisters Kathleen Knox, Elizabeth Harris and Eileen Enterline, and brothers Kevin Harris and Chris Harris, and preceded in death by brother Michael Harris, father Leo Charles Harris, and mother Alice Harris. He will be missed by his large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well.

Memorial services will be held at Lankford Funeral Home on May 21 2021 from 3 to 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, David’s family requests that you tell a great dad joke, whistle a happy tune, and hug everyone too hard.

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