IN MEMORY OF DON HARKINS (editor of the Idaho Observer)


Don Harkins Chicago

Don Harkins of the Idaho Observer died yesterday morning after a long bout with illness.

Don was one of the best regular analysts we ever had on Deadline Live!
I greatly looked forward to his monthly appearances on the show… Which I usually hit
him up for with a few hours notice. He was always up and ready to go for it, and I trusted his
take on all the news we discussed. He brought a wealth of knowledge and a common sensibility to
our broadcast. He just cannot be replaced.

America has lost a GREAT Patriot, an outstanding researcher and writer, and a truth seeker
I will miss Don and will always remember him a friend of the entire Blood family (listeners, readers, and our own)

Please, make sure that The paper he started, “THE IDAHO OBSERVER” lives on!
And that his partner Ingri has what she needs to continue in Don’s name.

Most Respectfully,

Jack Blood and the entire Deadline Live crew.

I would like to each of you to find it in your heart to donate whatever you
can to help Ingri with the very large Hospital bill she is now left with.
Send cards and donations to: P. O. Box 457, Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869


In Memory Of Don Harkins 1963-2009
The Idaho Observer

Don Harkins passed away September 19th, 2009 at 4:44 A.M. He was with me, his beloved wife, almost constantly throughout the night along with our dear friend Sadie. Don was sensing that his life was fading and simply didn’t have the strength necessary to recover. We prayed together throughout the night and made him as comfortable as possible, praying for guidance and strength. He was extremely touched by the outpouring of love and prayers for his recovery both locally and throughout the country. Don chose not to go to the hospital a third time since he was upset by the doctor’s aggressive “therapy” for his AML. He had a near death experience in the hospital in which he met his Creator and chose to come back to have this time with me in our space of love. Don was a source of inspiration for hundreds, always living his life according to his conscience as he disseminated truthful information to all who crossed his path. He will be missed by all of us who relished his wisdom, passion, humor and determined, energetic spirit. We are planning a celebration of Don’s life for next Saturday. We are currently seeking a venue that will hold 300 people. If you want to be notified of the time and place for the celebration of Don’s life, please email back with the subject –

“In Memory of Don Harkins”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love, prayers, and support,

Ingri Cassel-Harkins

My Comments (Art), Don was a good friend, although I never met him in
person. We had some very good conversations over the years and he always
would find the time to talk, even when pressed for the printing of the paper.
Don was one of the truest Patriots, always helping those in need through his
words in the paper, which was an extension of himself. Both Don and Ingri
set the pace and kept us all in the know through the paper and conversation.
I learned so much from both of them over the years. they helped open my eyes on so many subjects.

I would like to each of you to find it in your heart to donate whatever you
can to help Ingri with the very large Hospital bill she is now left with.
Send cards and donations to: P. O. Box 457, Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869

Sometimes we assume the ones we care for will always be there, but in a twinkling of an eye,
they can be gone and you may have never gotten to tell them how much they meant to you
and how they affected your life.

Let this be a lesson to all that read this, Let the ones you care for know what they mean to you.

Don my good friend, may you rest in piece and may the Idaho Observer Live on in your name
and memory.

From Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum

Dear Lists…

I don’t even know how to start as tears fill my eyes. At rare times in life you meet someone who is not only a humanitarian, but a very special person in so many ways, a young healthy, dynamic person you never think of dying, at least no time soon. Don Harkins was an indeed rare individual. I’ve worked with him and his wife, Ingri, for years. He published the Idaho Observer but he told me he was more of an activist than a newspaper owner. He was also the publisher of the Artificially Sweetened Times, the 24 page booklets we distribute to warn the world on aspartame. Some years ago I gave him a booklet that was given out by Return to Eden in Atlanta to help warn against aspartame called Killer Kola. When Don heard about the thousands and thousands that read it, got off aspartame and got well he asked for a copy, and from that he put together the AST, and kept it current. He said “well keep it published until you get aspartame off the market “. It remains to this day in memory of David Oliver Rietz who died of aspartame and founded the largest anti-aspartame site,

He was an incredible writer and with a sense of humor you just couldn’t match. We wrote several articles together. I use to kid with him I was born without the brevity gene as I sent him some 4500 word article. He would laugh and with the patience of Job and the talent of a genius he would quickly put all the information I had written on a page or two. Sometimes I might need a title and he would come up with a gem in seconds. It was Don Harkins who gave us the title for our Aspartame Awareness Weekend flyer, last year – “Waiter, please remove this neurotoxin from our table”! He loved words.

Don wanted to help everyone and he wanted everyone to know the truth about what was going on in this country. He wanted people to become activists and make a difference. He didn’t care how damning facts were; he wouldn’t budge from saying it like it is. He didn’t need diplomacy, he just needed fact, complete truth. He was courageous and never thought of his safety. We loved his paper, but most of all we loved Don and we love Ingri. Ingri, as you know is VacLib and warns the world on the deadly vaccines.

I left a message on Don’s recorder last night because I heard he had been in the hospital. I didn’t know it was as serious as it was. In fact, I happened to mention to my husband I didn’t have a snail address and couldn’t send flowers. My Don said, “He would appreciate more a good book”. At Costco I was reading the books and thinking to myself, he probably knows more than what is in these books. I kept thinking about him last night and how I missed hearing from him, and called. I only got a recorder but it was still a pleasure to hear his voice on it. I wish I had called earlier and had one last conversation with him. A couple of years ago he came through Atlanta and we had the pleasure of having him overnight. It was wonderful enjoying his conversation and presence here. He was so charming and you just felt energized talking to him. We really missed him when he left.

He will be missed in the hearts of thousands because he was the type of man you could never forget, and felt blessed to know. You just don’t meet a lot of people who are just “all good and caring”, and would always stop to help anyone who had a problem. He made a difference in this world. If you spoke with him on the phone he always made you feel good, made you smile, made you laugh, and glad you had the opportunity to be in touch. I’m going to miss all those calls but we’re fortunate that we’ve had the opportunity of meeting him in person a couple of times.

I was shocked when I read below he had AML. I immediately tried to find out something and was shocked that he was only diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. Acute myeloid leukemia is so serious. In fact, as a young woman I worked closely with a hematologist on these cases. So I know how bad a diagnosis that is. I did a lot of research on this with CDC.

Consider the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection in the Bible which served well as part of Jesus’ ministry, both to illustrate the power of the Son of God and to increase faith in him and the resurrection. When Jesus told Lazarus who had been dead for four days to come out, he could have said to an entire burial ground, “ya’ll come out”. Armageddon is obviously not far away and it will put an end to the evil in this world. Then the last will be resurrected first. We know we’ll see Don Harkins again one day, free of disease, living in a world free of evil. I know how many loved Don and I hope the resurrection scriptures below my signature will help to ease the heart of those mourning and know that this is just temporary, and we’ll see him again as a young man free of disease.

I tried to find an address for flowers but was told Ingri prefers contributions in his name. She has a $100,000 hospital bill to pay. (P. O. Box 457, Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869 ). Don loved words, so write Ingri about your remembrance.

I ask that you give a moment of silence for Don and bow your head in prayer to Jehovah God. Ask for his blessings for Don’s family in their grief and mourning.

In sympathy, love and memory of Don Harkins.

Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
Mission Possible International, and

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