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.