Heather Harker Isbell

Profile Updated: July 4, 2019
Residing In: Idaho Falls, ID USA
Spouse/Partner: Doug
Occupation: former art teacher, homemaker
Children: We have four daughters four son-in-laws and 14 grand children. The oldest grandkid is 13 the youngest More…is 1 1/2 They are all very cute and very smart and I babysit most of them 2 days a week. (the ones in Idaho) five live in Utah. We have Granny camp for a week in the summer and also spring break it is a Free-for -all crazy for all the potty trained ones.

I attened the U of U and got my BFA and taught art in Granite district at Eisenhower Jr. High for 4 years. I met my husband Doug at the U and we got married my Sr. year. He started Medical school in the fall and was in the same class as Don Reese. He specialized in Obstetrics and Gyn and we moved Idaho in 1981 with our 1st daughter with the 2nd on the way. We have been here ever since. I have been riding my horses. I have had a lovely Dressage horse who was a star, but she died a couple of years ago. My back is somewhat decrepit so I can't ride the huge German horses anymore, so I switched to the darkside like my kids.(painthorses) My new horse is cute, she is a western pleasure horse so that is a whole new thing for me, but it's fun.
I also spent four years changing the laws in Idaho regarding residential care for the developmentally challenged and helping on committies to craft a new system with oversight and checks and balances. I got to stand with the Gov. when he signed the bill and I got the pen and a copy. It was cool.
Most of the time I was raising my girls and taking care of our place, the animals and my husband. We have several horses, dogs, potbellied pigs, barn cats and we used to raise and show rabbits. My girls all showed horses, did 4H, rodeo Queened, Pony Club and showed rabbits.
All I ever did was play in the river and rode my horse. Libery is the most important thing there is to me. I wasn't much of a team player or joiner so I didn't do much at Granite. My girls, however did tons of school activities, debate, beauty contests journalism. I don't think I even knew about that stuff! My girls were so much fun, I sewed all their prom dresses and pagent dresses and show clothes and costumes, I have worn out a couple of machines and a serger. I love to make costumes. We are all big into fantasy and any event like the Midevil Uprising, or the Witches Night out in SLC. I don't paint much but I use my art alot in other ways. Mr. Neslin (my art teacher) was really glad when I graduated and he didn't have to put up with my shenanigans anymore!
A few years ago I decided I needed to play the cello so I took it up and I love it. I am not very good because I don't practice much (who has time). I met 2 other adult beginners when I was taking lessons (they don't practice much either) and we formed a group with our teacher he's pretty good but he doesn't pratice much either, but we have a great time. We can play hymns pretty well so we take turns playing in our different ward Sacrament meetings. All the 2 and 3 yr. olds in the congregation become absolutely silent when they hear the 4 cellos, so the parents really like us and are somewhat glad when we play. We don't get many, (or any) paying jobs but we are going to practice really hard soon and put our group on Youtube. We will be known as the H'n Double DJ's unless we can think of a better name. (Heather, David, Dave, John) If you can think of a cool name that would help us be famous let me know!
My husband Doug is fabulous. We have been married since1973, however long that is. He works way too hard and too long, 80-90hrs a week, and a lot of that in the middle of the night. I wish babies would all come durring business hours. Two of my daughters, Becky and Ivy are PA s in his office. One of my jobs is to pick him and any others in the family up at lunch and we all go to eat together even if it is at the hospital.
I have a new horse now, I never really liked the paint horses and Western Pleasure so I decided to go back to my true love dressage but I decided I wanted a Spanish horse, they are the most beautiful and sweet horses in the world and very rideable. He is so amazing I can't believe it. If I can figure out how to post a picture I will.

School Story:

It's been 40 years, are you kidding me? Most of my memories were after school on State Street!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM
We sold off our vintage baby for the black bad boy.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Doug loves his new wicked Shelby. I bought him a radar dectector for his by. We get radared by every cop on the block, but we are such law abiding drivers they have been disapointed so far, there are a lot of back roads in Idaho though!