Stephen Earl Morris

1950 - 2017

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Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:00 at the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church. Reception to follow at the church social hall. Stephen and Jan’s home will also be open afterward for beverages and socialization.

Stephen Earl Morris passed away at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA on August 7, 2017 after a brief illness. Stephen was born in Escondido, CA on May 17, 1950. His parents were Earl and Marion Morris. Stephen was raised primarily by his paternal grandmother, Edith Benjamin.

He was schooled in Escondido, graduating from Escondido High School in 1969. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Biology in 1979. During high school, he began work with the U.S. Forest Service on the Cleveland Forest with a Federal work program. Stephen started as a fire-fighter with the Forest Service, and then a Load Master for the fire-retardant planes.

Eventually he found his niche as a radio repairman and communications specialist. He had a successful 35-year career with the Forest Service, with assignments in California, Wyoming, Virginia and Montana. His last assignment was Regional Communications Manager in Missoula, Montana. After retirement, he worked with contractor Bob Sellar to set up mobile communications all over the U.S. and world when disaster struck. They worked together to set up mobile communications for field hospitals and other facilities during hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and other assignments in Lebanon, and Honduras and forest fires in the western United States.

In 1981, Stephen married Shirley Mincey, who also worked for the Forest Service. They had a loving marriage for 31 years until she passed away in 2012.  They raised two children, Bill and Laura.

In 2014 he met Jan Husman, who was widowed. They were married Sept. 14, 2014. Stephen chose to relocate from Florence, Montana to Jan’s home in Sonora, CA, where they could be closer to the grandchildren. They shared a love of nature, hiking, the ocean and most recently deep sea fishing and snow-skiing. Stephen was an excellent wood-worker and craftsman. He was continually working on projects and could fix anything! He was helpful to his neighbors and members of his church.

Stephen was actively involved in the community, serving on the local water board, a deacon in the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church, where he and Jan were married, and the Twain Harte CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

He is survived by his loving wife, Jan Husman Morris, son, Bill Mincey, daughter, Laura Morris, and 5 grandchildren, Derek, Carlos, Dustin, and twins, Steven and Shirlee. He is also survived by Jan’s step-children, Hans, Heidi and Leif, and grandchildren, Deidra, Travis and Serephine, and 3 half-brothers, Scott,
Grady, and Cory.

 

Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Friday, August 18, 2017, 11:00 at the Soulsbyville United Methodist Church. Reception to follow at the church social hall. Stephen and Jan’s home will also be open afterward for beverages and socialization.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following 3 agencies:

Yosemite Conservancy, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94104

Twain Harte CERT-C.S.D, P.O. Box 649, Twain Harte, CA 95383

Sonora Adventist Health Hospital, 1000 Greenley Rd. Sonora, CA 95370


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