In Memory of Don Harkins

By Sherri Tenpenny

Whenever I called Idaho over the last ten years to ask advice, to get reassurance or to just mull over life’s unexplainable events, Don would most often answer the phone. His chipper, lilting voice would greet me with, “Idaho Observer!” I would smile and retort, “So, what are you observing today?”
Never missing a beat, he would recognize my voice, and with unforgettable charm and that hallmark giggle, he would respond, “Well hello there!” He’d then launch into the “hot story” of the day, sharing what he was writing, researching or pondering. No matter how busy or how pressed for time, Don always carved out space to share his wit, generate a few laughs, and tell unforgettable stories. He made me feel special, like I was the most important person in the world for which he’d drop everything at a moment’s notice and give full attention. More likely than not, he had the same effect on all his friends.

While his assessments of world events were sometimes disturbing, they were always spot-on. Don’s wisdom ran deep, and the years of banter and debate contributed substantially to my personal growth. I will cherish the many thought-provoking “Don-isms”, delivered in a way that all of us knew so well as “typically Don.”
The world has lost a Giant Placeholder for truth, freedom and liberty. Don’s work will live on through the hundreds of amazing pieces he crafted with insight and style. Two of my favorites, “Are Americans Dying for Martial Law?” and “Slavery and the Eight Veils” will remain timeless examples of his quest to explain the madness in the world around us.
Don Harkins was instrumental in shaping and guiding thousands who have the eyes to see. As a gentle man and a gentleman, you will long be remembered for your laughter and the love you selflessly gave to so many persons, from all walks of life. I am proud to be counted among