Richard ‘Dick’ Morton
Richard ‘Dick’ Morton peacefully passed away on May 11th , 2020. His son and his daughter were by his side. Richard passed away from lung and heart complications at Penros Medical Center in Colorado Spring, CO.
Richard was born on July 9th, 1942, the youngest of three children born to Louis and Stella (Blakely) Morton in Lamar, CO.
He grew up in the Gunnison, CO area. This is where he learned to love to fish with his mother. He left home at the age of 16, to go work in the mines.
Working in the mines was something that he could never get out of his blood. He worked in mines in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, California and Indonesia. He worked at Standard Metals, Union Carbide, Camp Bird, Cyprus Amax Minerals and Anaconda Company to name just a few of them. Actually, he probably worked in every mine there was.
Richard proudly served his country in the Army from July 1966 through July of 1968, during the Vietnam conflict. He was stationed in Korea as a motor pool maintenance clerk. Through the Army he received his GED.
Richard was a member of the American Legion, NRA, Pontiac Oakland Club, the Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club and was a 50 year member of the Ouray Elks.
Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and rock hounding in his spare time.
Richard is survived by his son, Jim (Elishica) and their son, Gallatin of Mustang, OK, his daughter, Nancy Kaiser (Jimmy) of Montrose, CO., his brother, Herschel (Barbara) Morton of Dove Creek, CO. He also survived by his step children, who considered him their dad. Susan King (Dave Cano) of Grand Junction, CO, Connie (ME) Todd of Loveland, CO, Laurie (Mike) Ernst of Dove Creek, CO, Jeff Gallegos and Chris Gallegos both of Silverton, CO. As well as over 30 grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his former wives, Linda Billingsley of Buhl, ID and Dorothy Morton of Silverton, CO.
Richard was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sister, Hazel Mason, his nephew Terry Davis and a grandson, Von Ernst.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial will be held on July 18th in Dove Creek, CO.