Feb. 8, 1965-Jan. 18, 2020
Joe DA Harrington passed away Jan. 18, 2020, following a brief illness in a Billings Hospital; he was 54.
Joe was born Feb. 8, 1965, to Don “Cy” and Ruth Schoonen Harrington; joining eight sisters and one brother.
Joe attended Butte schools and displayed a passion for auto mechanics, restoring a 1960 Thunderbird while in high school.
Deciding to pursue a career in mechanics, he attended Northern Montana College-Havre in 1983. While attending Northern, Joe was involved in a serious auto accident, leaving him paralyzed, with the use of only one arm.
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Joe spent numerous years in hospitals and rehabilitation, learning new living skills. Even with his daily struggles and pain, Joe went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Elementary & Special Education, and a Master’s in Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling from MSU-Billings. He worked many years in the Mental Health profession, most notably at the HUB.
As the youngest child in the family, Joe tolerated numerous antics from his siblings. His beautiful curly hair enticed the girls to ‘style’ it for him, often against his wishes!
Joe got along famously with young children and made them feel at ease with his disabilities. Joe read to children at nearby schools and offered rides in his electric wheel chair. Joe always ended conversations with a joke, or 2, or 3. No one could do justice to the Irish twin joke quite like Joe.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Paul Blom; and his great-nephew, Landon Foley. He is survived by his 8 sisters, 1 brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.
As a committed Christian, and after many years of being bound to a wheelchair, Joe WALKED into the arms of Jesus!
Memorial services will be held Feb. 15 at 11 a.m., at Church of Christ, 220 10th St, Billings.