John Earl Morris, 86, passed away November 27, 1990 at home in Sandy, of causes incident to his age.
Born April 16, 1904 in Murray, Utah as one of eighteen children of Joseph Matthew and Elizabeth Ana' Purdy Morris. He married LaPreal Park June 12, 1924, in Salt Lake City and solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. From this union were born four children. In addition Earl adopted one daughter from his wife's first marriage. His wife died January 8, 1961. He married Wanda L. Gull, October 6, 1961. Her husband having died December 30, 1960. She had seven children by her first marriage. Earl has 122 grand and great grandchildren.Earl was educated in the Murray schools and learned carpentry from his father. Scattered throughout the Salt Lake valley are well built memorials to the workmanship of his hands. As a boy he would fish at every opportunity and would often walk from West Murray to Big Cottonwood Canyon with his pole over his shoulder. As a young man he played the banjo, harmonica and had a rich bass voice. He enjoyed reading, gardening, rock hunting and, most of all, his grandchildren. He would spend hours at the DI looking for good books to read and old furniture to refinish. The highlight of his life was when his little family was sealed to him in the Temple. Much of the latter years of his life were spent in the Temple.
A High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many positions in the church during his lifetime: High Councilman, High Priest Group Leader, Elders Quorum President and Deacon's Advisor.
His survivors include: wife, Wanda, Sandy; children, VerDonna Frear, Sandy; Beverly Brown, Midvale; Earle Morris, Englewood, Colo.; step-children, Barbara Christianson, Midvale; Ralph Gull, Anaheim, Calif.; Robert Gull, Brawley, Calif.; Elaine Eyre, Draper; Donald Gull, Salt Lake City; Lawrence Gull, West Valley City; LuAnn Sargent, Littleton, Colo.; brothers, Clifford Morris, Seattle, Wash.; Dale Morris, Robert Morris, both West Valley City; sisters, Mary Dale, Maxine Lindorff, both Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Mildred and Marilyn; 13 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 1990, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sandy 3rd Ward Chapel 8825 South 150 West. Viewing will be Friday, November 30, 1990, from 6-8 p.m. at the Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State St., Midvale, and Saturday in the chapel's Relief Society room from 9:45-10:45 a.m. All family and friends are invited. Interment will be in the Sandy City Cemetery, 700 East 9000 So. immediately following the services on Saturday.
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