Fabulous Father: Niota's Jerry Harris

Reported by: Joe Legge

Edited by: David Moore
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Updated: 6/13/2013 3:59 pm
Jerry Harris never stopped being a father.  After growing two sons from boys to men, he started his second go around raising children.  "I feel a lot younger when I'm out here chasing these two, it keeps me healthy."

Harris met his wife Lindsay when her children were still toddlers.  After getting out of an abusive marriage, the two started dating.  Jerry didn't hesitate to step in to help with Dakota and Cade.  "He takes care of them.  He treats them as his own kids, loves them as his own.  He does anything and everything for my kids and his own kids," says Lindsay.

Now 9 & 10, Jerry spends time with Dakota and Cade riding bikes and helping with dance, baseball and basketball.  Cade says "every time I have baseball, he'll encourage me to do good and all that stuff."  Dakota says "he always cooks everything for us and he washes clothes."

Lindsay says most of all, she appreciates the safe environment Jerry provides his family.  "They know what a good person he is and what a good person they deserved."  Jerry says "I personally think there's a lot more that deserve it than I do.  I guess part of it comes back to my upbringing, I had a great mom and great dad."

Jerry drives a school bus and umpires Dizzy Dean baseball games, putting him in close contact with other children in need of a little care and kindness.  "I've had a couple over there that I've thought a lot of and I seen that they were heading down the wrong path and we had a come to Jesus meeting there one morning."  Jerry watched those two girls turned things around, going from "C" students to "A" students.
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