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Donald Morris

September 14, 1943 - March 13, 2016


On March 13, 2016, Donald Stuart Morris, Jr., passed away in Salem, OR.  He was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Milwaukee, WI to Hazel Green and Donald Morris, Sr.  His family later moved to Mobridge, SD where they lived prior to moving to New York City.  In New York, Don competed in swimming and explored the city using the subway system.  The family then moved to Eugene, OR, where Don graduated from South Eugene High School in 1961.  He also attended Oregon State University.  He married Dianne Mills on Jan. 28, 1964, in Corvallis, OR, and the couple later moved to Lebanon, OR., where he spent most of his life working at Champion International.  After the closing of the Champion Mill, he moved to Fremont CA where he worked for New United Motors Inc. and later retired there.
 
In the early 1980's, Don was caught by the running bug.  He ran numerous 10K races throughout Oregon, eventually running several marathons.  He then became a triathlete and quickly progressed to the Ironman class.  He competed in the first-ever Penticton, British Columbia, Canada Ironman, which included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.  
 
After retirement Don focused his energy on golf, snow skiing and snow Boarding, and his children and grandchildren.  He was also able to pursue his artistic endeavors through photography, sewing, welding and computer assisted graphics.
 
He is survived by his children, son, Donald Stuart Morris, III and his wife, Magda, daughter, Shannon Morris and his former wife, Dianne.  He is also survived by three grandchildren, Shelby Conway, Logan Conway and Zander Morris, an aunt Kelly Hohl and numerous cousins.  Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Patrick Morris, Sr.
 
A reception in Don’s honor will be April 9, 2016 from 2-4 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Don will be missed, he was a wonderful fun loving guy.



Saw Don's obituary in the Albany newspaper.  We were fellow classmates of SEHS Class of 61.  After graduation we lost contact, but always remember him as a nice, polite friend.  SEHS Class of '61 lost one of the "good guys".



Don was my marching partner at our graduation.  Mostly I remember him being the star of our Church basketball team.  All my best to the family.



So sad to hear about Don’s passage.  Don was one of my close buddies during high school years and beyond.  We spent many wonderful hours together at social outings or just talking. 

Don had many attributes that made him a special person in my book.  He was the closest to what I would call a natural athlete.  He could pick up most any sport, whether it be swimming, basketball, bicycling, distance running, skiing, or even ping pong, and perform at a very high level.

Don’s other attribute was his dedication and passion.  I saw it on display first when we were both students at OSU, and later in pursuit of the sports listed in his obituary.  His single-mindedness was a key to his athletic success.

Finally, I admire his demeanor.  He was a free spirit in many ways, but always friendly with a quick wit.  In his later years he was totally dedicated to his family and in particular his grand-kids. I will miss him.

Dale Christensen
Whidbey Island, WA



Everyone at Mobridge HIgh loved Don.  He was always fun, thoughtful and knew everybody.  AND, I recall that he was one of our star basketball players.  I'm so glad we got to see him at a reunion about 10 years ago.  What a guy! Classmate of '61  Pat Scott Finnoff, Boulder, CO



My condolences to the family of Don.  He was a Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity brother at Oregon State University when I was there in 1961-62.  He was always friendly, and made me feel at home because I was a long way from my home in Michigan.  We now live in Grants Pass, and I am sorry I never got in touch with Don.