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Roger E. Harman


Last updated 12/10/2015 at 4:57pm

Roger E. Harman passed away Nov. 23, 2015 at Hospice House of Spokane. He was born in Devil’s Lake, N.D., on May 18, 1934, the first child of Merle and Warren Harman. Roger grew up in Malad City and Harrison, Idaho. The family relocated to Spokane and he graduated from North Central High School in 1952.

In September 1961, Roger married the love of his life, Suzanne Tillman.

While an undergraduate at Eastern Washington State College, Roger supported his growing family by doing shift work at Kaiser Trentwood. He obtained his bachelors degree from Eastern in 1965, his masters from Eastern in 1966 and a doctorate from the University of Utah in 1970. Roger taught at EWU and retired from Spokane Community Mental Health as a court evaluator in 1998.

Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne, his sister Nancy, seven children, Jim (Sunnie), Jon (Joanne), Kelly Morrison, Chris (Dorothy), Leith, Kyle (Anna), Alyssa, step-daughter Dawn Dudzinski (Moergen), 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Michael, his infant daughter Michael Marie and his step-daughter Nicole Dudzinski.

An avid runner, Roger completed concurrent Bloomsday runs from 1977 to 2001. He also ran several marathons in Cheney, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Seattle. 

During his lifetime he helped many people as a clinical psychologist, a father, a grandfather and a friend. His honesty, loyalty and kindness toward people and animals will always be remembered. Once you were a friend of Roger’s, you were a friend for life.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 30.  Donations may be made in Roger’s name to wolf Haven International of Tenino, Wash. (


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