Donald Larry Morgan

Donald Larry Morgan passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of February 28, 2021. Donald was born March 4, 1935, in Houston, Texas to Charles and Pearl Morgan.

Donald attended Jefferson Davis High School in Houston Texas and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year. After graduating in 1953, Donald started his Navy adventure training and serving on active duty in the submarine service as a Torpedoman. While on leave in his hometown of Houston, Texas, Donald was to have a fateful meeting at a local YWCA. There at a YWCA dance, Donald met Vivian Crosby, the love of his life and his future wife.

Donald and Vivian would wed in 1956 and by 1960, the couple would be ready to start a family with Donald transitioning from active duty to the reserves. They welcomed their first child Marcia in 1960 and son Scott in 1966. Donald started his civilian work career as a lineman for the Houston Lighting and Power Company but his big break came when he was hired by the Diamond Alkali Chemical Plant in Deer Park, Texas as an Operator. Donald rose through the ranks of operations and maintenance eventually being promoted to management in the maintenance field. Donald continued in that role until retirement in 1997.

After retiring, Donald and Vivian moved to Canon City, Colorado and built a log cabin home on 40 acres of beautiful mountainside property. As beautiful as their home was, it couldn’t keep Donald and Vivian away from family. Especially when a grandson was now in the picture. In 2002 Donald and Vivian moved to League City, Texas to be near family and friends.

Donald thrived and enjoyed being back around family and friends, especially playing a big role in the lives of his son and grandson. Donald provided an example of what a husband and a father should be. Donald and Vivian rejoined bowling leagues in Baytown, Texas where they had been a fixture for over 5 decades. Donald also rekindled his love for drag racing spending many Friday nights with his son at Houston Raceway Park enjoying the cars and the racing.

Anyone who met Donald Morgan would come away with an impression of a man with a big smile and friendly nature. He set an example of how to treat other people whether they were a stranger, coworker, or friend. He was the kind of man who would jump out of bed in the middle of the night to help someone stranded on the road or if the company he worked for needed help. He also took care of a wife with Alzheimer’s without a complaint and without anyone knowing until his own health issues necessitated intervention from family. Even through the cognitive issues Donald had at the closing of his life, he knew he missed and loved “Viv,” and longed to be with her again. Dad now has his wish.

Donald was proceeded in death his parents Charles and Pearl Morgan, sister Judy Spiller, wife of 62 years Vivian Morgan, and daughter Marcia Morgan Brown. Donald leaves behind his son Scott Morgan and wife Renee Morgan, grandson Erik Morgan and numerous nephews and nieces.

A mans measure is not judged on his material possessions or his worldly exploits, but by his affect on his family and friends. Say hello to mom dad. Until we meet again.

The Family will receive friends on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1:00pm with a Ceremony at 2:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573 with Pastor Justin Tanner presiding.

The service will be live streamed : https://youtu.be/W4ouACSMhfA

8 comments

  1. Marcia and I were next door neighbors to Don & Vivian for over 18 yrs and we have nothing but wonderful memories of being their neighbors. They both always had smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts.
    Don, Marcia and I will miss you, but God has another Angel, along with Vivian, to add to his flock. One day we will all be together, in the meantime you will be an Awesome Guardian Angel for our Heavenly Father! May God be with Scott and his family in this time of remembrance..

    Mel & Marcia Whitworth
  2. I’m so very sorry for your families loss. My heart truly aches for the loss of a parent. They are so special. Their wisdom that comes from life experiences are missed and can’t be replaced. But, now he is with Our Heavenly Father, your Mom, your sister and the rest of your family. What a rejoiceful time! Stay strong and if anything is needed please reach out.

    Love to you all,
    Nancy

    Nancy Shimpock
  3. My sincerest condolences and may he find peace. I was honored to know him and his family.

    Even till the end he lived his life on his terms and never succumbed to despair. An inspiration.

    Razi
  4. Don, you and Vivian were very special to me and will always have a place in my heart, we shared some awesome memories and good times together. You were a wonderful father and an AMAZING GRANDFATHER and loved Erik with all of your heart, he will definitely miss his buddy. You will truly be missed by all, we love you very much!

    You will always be “GOOD PEOPLE”….

    Crystal O.
  5. Oscar and I have had the pleasure of being across the street neighbors of Mr. Don and Ms. Viv since 2007. They welcomed us like family. I remember the first time we went over for steak dinner. I was not much of a steak eater before having one of Mr. Don’s steaks.

    Mr. Don would cross the street when he’d see Oscar pull up in is patrol unit from work or when he was outside working in the yard. I think it was Mr. Don’s way of checking on Oscar understanding the demands of his job. I would go out from time to time, but it was mostly Mr. Don sharing life stories and wisdom with Oscar kind of like a father would to a son. Mr. Don and Oscar encouraged each other often. In fact, Mr. Don crossed the street to check on Oscar for just about 14 yrs. until he could not cross on his own any longer. We need more people like Mr. Don willing to cross the street.

    At some point along the way our youngest daughter Logann about 3rys or 4yrs old got in on the action. In route to see Oscar, Mr. Don started bringing ice cream treats for himself and Logann and she would play outside eating ice cream with Mr. Don while he and Oscar talked. Ms. Viv would come over too. She loved playing around and being silly with Logann. Before too long Logann began asking me to take her across the street to see Ms. Viv likely knowing there was an ice cream treat for her if Mr. Don had anything to do with it. Logann loves ice cream ’til this day. She would eat it every day we’d let her, all thanks to Mr. Don.

    Mr. Don always took interest in each of our kids, how they were doing in school and their life plans. Mr. Don was the kindest man that I knew. He was always the same, he didn’t put on airs, he was just genuine and honest. I always admired how long he and Ms. Viv were married. I loved hearing them tell the same stories over and over each time slightly different from their own perspectives. Neither of them could ever explain the secret to being together so long but, I can say the witness of their lives together for the time we’ve been neighbors was a testimony of true love. Mr. Don and Ms. Viv together again!

    May the peace of God that surpasses all understand guard your hearts today and always.

    Oscar, LaTasha and Logann Stoker

    Oscar and LaTasha Stoker
  6. Papa you were the best friend anyone could have had. You were there for me when i was young, and i was there for you in the end. I know you will be watching over us. I love you papa and grandma. Until we meet again.

    Erik Morgan
  7. Oscar and I have had the pleasure of being across the street neighbors of Mr. Don and Ms. Viv since 2007. They welcomed us like family. I remember the first time we went over for steak dinner. I was not much of a steak eater before having one of Mr. Don’s steaks.

    Mr. Don would cross the street when he’d see Oscar pull up in is patrol unit from work or when he was outside working in the yard. I think it was Mr. Don’s way of checking on Oscar understanding the demands of his job. I would go out from time to time, but it was mostly Mr. Don sharing life stories and wisdom with Oscar kind of like a father would to a son. Mr. Don and Oscar encouraged each other often. In fact, Mr. Don crossed the street to check on Oscar for just about 14 yrs. until he could not cross on his own any longer. We need more people like Mr. Don willing to cross the street.

    At some point along the way our youngest daughter Logann about 3rys or 4yrs old got in on the action. In route to see Oscar, Mr. Don started bringing ice cream treats for himself and Logann and she would play outside eating ice cream with Mr. Don while he and Oscar talked. Ms. Viv would come over too. She loved playing around and being silly with Logann. Before too long Logann began asking me to take her across the street to see Ms. Viv likely knowing there was an ice cream treat for her if Mr. Don had anything to do with it. Logann loves ice cream ’til this day. She would eat it every day we’d let her, all thanks to Mr. Don.

    Mr. Don always took interest in each of our kids, how they were doing in school and their life plans. Mr. Don was the kindest man that I knew. He was always the same, he didn’t put on airs, he was just genuine and honest. I always admired how long he and Ms. Viv were married. I loved hearing them tell the same stories over and over each time slightly different from their own perspectives. Neither of them could ever explain the secret to being together so long but, I can say the witness of their lives together for the time we’ve been neighbors was a testimony of true love. Mr. Don and Ms. Viv together again!

    May the peace of God that surpasses all understand guard your hearts today and always.

    Oscar, LaTasha and Logann Stoker

    Oscar and LaTasha Stoker
  8. Until we meet again dad. I will aspire to be as good a man as you were. Even though there is a void in my heart, I take solace that you are by moms side now. I love you dad.

    Scott Morgan

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