DONALD E. MORRISON
January 13, 1926 – April 21, 2016
Donald E. Morrison of Eureka was born in Carmen Oklahoma on January 13, 1926 to Edla and Florence Bunker Morrison. He passed on April 21, 2016,from Multi Myeloma, with his wife and family at his side. Don lived 90 years of a full and satisfying life. His faith in Christ was evident in the life he lived.
Don was the fifth of eleven children born during the great depression. At an early age he learned the virtue of hard work and loyalty as he helped to support their family. At just seven or eight he decided to go find work milking cows at a farm seven miles away. He didn’t know how to milk but he figured he would learn and he did. His dad found him a few days later and said “Son, next time you leave you should take some clothes.” He became a man of dedication and service. As soon as he was old enough he joined the Navy and served in Hawaii during the last two years of WW 2 when he was Honorably Discharged.
After returning to Oklahoma, he met and married Alberta (Birdie) Morrison. This was a marriage that lasted sixty seven and a half years and was blessed with five Children, fourteen Grandchildren and nineteen Great Grandchildren.
In 1950 they moved to Oregon where Don worked in the lumber industry and later for Hannah Nickel Smelter. Don’s lifelong dream was to be a farmer so he took the opportunity in 1958 to file for a Desert Land entry in Diamond Valley, Eureka Nevada. In 1960, after two years working for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Don moved his family to Eureka. Through great perseverance and faith, and the help of his family, he made that dream come true.
Don has always supported the community, serving on the School Board, the Conservation Board, The Weed and Rodent Control Board and various other things. He helped promote Mt.Wheeler power to the area. He donated land for the Diamond Valley Baptist Church, the Diamond Valley Fire Dept. the Weed Control District and the Eureka County public Works Facility in Diamond Valley. He attended and helped support the Diamond Valley Baptist Church. He was a long time member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #16, The Lions Club and V.F.W post 8194 all of Eureka. Don was a lifelong fisherman with many fish stories to tell, including his swim in icy waters with his fishing pal ‘Chug’ Palmore.
A celebration of his life was held, directed by Laura Etter, on April 30 2016 at the beautiful Eureka Opera House with prayers by Chris and Ken Morrison, songs, by Faye, Kris and Becky Morrison and by Gabrielle and Sophia Starling and Jacqui Brunelli. Memories and tributes to Don’s extraordinary life were highlighted by an incredible slide show of his life, assembled by Grandson, James Morrison, accompanied by songs from Don and Birdie’s wedding in 1948. After graveside services an abundant potluck supper was served at the Opera House, provided by the caring and very kindly friends and Churches of Eureka and Diamond Valley.
Don is survived by his wife Alberta (Birdie) of 67 1⁄2 years, children, Matt Morrison and wife Cheryl, Patricia (Tricia) Etter and husband Larry, Lloyd
Morrison and wife Marcia, David Morrison, Pamela Deschene and husband Phil and Daughter in law Faye Morrison, “Custodial daughter”, Renee Tiegs Terralumina, Grandchildren, James Morrison, Sara Pfeifer, Bryan Morrison, Laura Dawn Etter, Olga (Mazie) Benvienue, Dwight Etter, Kristina Morrison, Rebecca Morrison, Kenneth Morrison, Christopher Morrison, Sareta McRann, Solomon McRann , Phil Donald Deschene. Great Grandchildren, Ryan and Joshua Morrison, Holly and Jackie Soncini, Sabina and Lloyd Morrison, Adiana, McKinnah and Eliana Holquin, Wren and Roque Bienvienue, Joey Balanis, and Scarlette McRann, Gabrielle and Sophia Starling and Tatiana, Tristan and Alexandria Terralumina. He is also survived by sisters Inez Galbreath and Lois Golbeck of Kansas and by Hazel Grubbs and Mary Ellen Hall of Texas, nieces, nephews and in-laws, loved but too numerous to list.
Pallbearers were James and Bryan Morrison, Dwight Etter, Phill Deschene, Kenneth and Christopher Morrison and Joe Holguin.
Internment was at the beautiful and quiet Cedar Hills Cemetery at Eureka. Favorite Hymns were sung. Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes by the Masons and the VFW presented the Flag and Bible, then a rifle salute by the VFW, which included son-in-law Larry Etter and Grandson Dwight Etter. As prayer and the solemn strains of Taps, played by Ralph Cuda, echoed over the grave the clouds had parted revealing a majestic view of snow covered Diamond Peak and of Diamond Valley where Don spent so much of his life. He was a remarkable man, greatly loved and sorely missed.