Eldon P. Morrell died April 15, 1991, in the Holy Cross Hospital, in Salt Lake City, of complications incident to cancer surgery. He was 89 years old.
He was a man born of humble circumstances, November 4, 1901 in Loa, Wayne County, a son of William Henry and Rebecca Duncan Morrell. He lived the majority of his life in a Celestial Kingdom called Hawaii. He served an LDS mission there from 1921 to 1925. After his mission, he returned there to work in the sugar cane fields as a harvesting overseer and it was there, in Hawaii, that he met his wife-to-be, Ruth Jorgensen. She finished her teaching mission, returned to Utah, and he courted her by mail. He returned to Utah long enough to marry her, June 24, 1927, and they moved to Hawaii for most of the rest of their lives. They watched the infant territory flourish into statehood, became a part of it and were pioneers and leaders in education. Both were school principals.E.P. devoted his life to the service of others, particularly the disabled and handicapped. He was the first territorial director of vocational rehabilitation. He labored for the cause of tuberculosis patients and worked in Washington D.C. from 1945 to 1947 in behalf of the blind. He was principal of the unique Pohukaina School in Honolulu and expanded it's program to include the mentally retarded and other disadvantaged students which other schools refused to teach. In 1973 Ruth had a debilitating stroke and he personally cared for her until her death in 1980. He was a man too modest to list his honors and accomplishments on behalf of others.
He is survived by two brothers, Stanley, St. George; Elijah, Toquerville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chapman and two sisters, Emily and Lettie. Although he had no children of his own, he is also survived by a myriad of devoted nephews and nieces, who deeply love him, and by a host of students who owe their education and welfare to his goodness and care.
Friends and family will say their final alohas in services to be held Saturday, April 20th, 12 noon, in the LDS Capital Hill Ward, 24 West 400 North, Salt Lake City. Viewing prior to service from 10:30 a.m. Interment in Provo City Cemetery.
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