Gary D. Morris


Jan. 5, 2019 — It is with great sadness that the family of Gary D. Morris announces his passing in the early hours of Friday, Dec. 28, 2018,  at the young age of 76.

Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 48 years, Marinda (Sue); his children: Tracy, Rick and Cheri Laxague of Bakersfield, Calif., and Scott and Cheyenne Morris of Florence.

Gary will also be fondly remembered by his  grandchildren: Brandi, Zachary, Tyler, Austin, Alisabeth and Savannah; and two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Jonah.

He is also survived by his brother Lloyd and sister-in-law Janie; his sisters Willetta and Beverly, and brother-in-law Dale; along with many nephews and nieces that still reside back in his hometown of Evansville, Ind.

Even though Gary was born in Kentucky and grew up in Evansville, he was an Oregon boy from head to toe.

Pop, Papa, Dad, or “Gary damn Mercer” were all names he would answer to. To those who didn’t know him, he was a straight-forward man.  You always knew where you stood with him.

In his younger years, Gary loved to fish, trap, hunt and golf when we made him. He was an avid outdoorsman with many, many pictures taken on his 35mm  camera of the thousands of miles he covered in the woods on foot, by truck and by boat; it will take a lifetime to see them all.

He loved this town called Florence and there would be nothing that could take him from here. Most people who knew Gary knew the businessman. A local builder here in Florence since 1976, his company Gary Morris Construction “Better Built Homes” was something he took as much pride in as anything in his life.

He was so hell bent on providing a quality home he sacrificed profit by always using superior lumber and products. If you are lucky enough to live in a home built by Gary Morris, know that he gave it everything he had from beginning to end.

Gary was the patriarch of our family and to say he will be missed is an understatement of  an entire lifetime.

Rest in peace, Papa!

A memorial service in memory of Gary will already have been undertaken by the print of this paper.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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