Thornton Dinwoodey "Spide" Morris, a Utah businessman and athlete, died Wednesday, April 25, 1990, in Salt Lake City after a long illness. He was 86.
Mr. Morris, a star football and basketball player at the University of Utah, coached football at West High School for one year before founding Ure, Peet and Morris, a stock brokerage company with offices in Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Ogden and Provo.In 1951, he sold his company and seat on the New York Stock Exchange to Merrill Lynch, later founding Thornton D. Morris & Company. He also worked for First Equities until his retirement.
Mr. Morris was a member of the Board of Regents and chairman of the Athletic Board at the University of Utah for eight years. In 1985, he was inducted into the Utah Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
He also served as president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. A director of the Fort Douglas Club for 10 years, he was the first recipient of the "Living Legend Award" in 1984 at the Fort Douglas-Hidden Valley Country Club.
For several years, Mr. Morris was one of the outstanding amateur golfers in Utah and was a pioneer in bringing the ski industry to Utah.
Mr. Morris was born in Salt Lake City on Aug. 25, 1903, to Richard Phillips and Florence Dinwoodey Morris. He married Nola A. Page on June 15, 1927. She died in 1958.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m., in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Avenue and N Street. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Friday from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the University of Utah Football Athletic Scholarship Fund, U. Development Office, 304 Park Bldg., Salt Lake City, UT 84112.