Dan Harper

Raymond “Dan” Harper

Raymond “Dan” Harper, a former Dallas resident, died Oct. 19 in Fort Laurderdale, Fla.

Harper was born on January 27, 1960, and spent most of his life in Kansas City, Mo., before moving to Houston to start a floral design business. He quickly became well known there for his floral designs, but excelled at decorating homes for the holidays, his favorite time of year. His over-the-top aesthetic attracted a very discerning clientele, and before long he was planning lavish events.

Harper moved to Dallas in 2014 and began working with top designers here, again with a focus on holiday décor. He had recently accepted a new job that took him to Atlanta for training and then on to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Friends said Harper had a great heart and desire to help people. He was always the first to volunteer his time to help local organizations with their events. He was a very lively spirit who always tried to make people laugh. He never met a stranger and made friends easily.

Harper had no surviving family, but was survived by many friends. He will be greatly missed.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 6, 2015.