As quietly as frost stills autumn's harvest, Hap Morris died suddenly and without warning on Oct. 10, 1995 in the midst of a carpentry project, early in the morning.
Born Howard Andrus Morris on March 6, 1920 in St. George to Clair and Pearl Andrus Morris, Hap had deep roots in Utah's Dixie. He was educated in St. George public schools, where he was known for his academic achievements, athletic prowess, sense of humor and strict honesty. Hap was a graduate of Dixie College and BYU, where he earned a degree in accounting. On March 25, 1942 he married Roma Nisson in Washington, Utah. He served in World War II in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany and obtained the rank of First Lieutenant in the Fifth Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service as survey officer of the 995th Field Artillery Battalion. At war's end he returned to St. George and was employed by Milne Truck Lines, Inc., as an accountant. Milne transferred Hap and his family to Salt Lake City in 1956. He retired from Milne after 35 years of loyal, dedicated service. At the time of his retirement he was vice-president of costs and efficiencies.Hap and Roma left many good friends in St. George, where Hap was a member of the volunteer fire department and a charter member of the VFW. Hap and Roma were the foundation of the lives of their four children. Surviving family members include his wife of 53 years and their posterity: Ralph H. and Nina Morris (Courtney and wife, Pam and Dalton; Dustin, Brandon, Tasha), Kenneth N. and Paula Morris (Brian, Scott, Alan, Lisa), Dennis L. and Joan Morris (Britain, Isaac) and Lloyd W. and Cindy Sadler (Emily, Wes, Natalie, Alexandria).
Funeral services for Hap will be held on Saturday, October 14, 1995 at 1 p.m. at Mountain View II Ward Chapel, 1400 South 1900 East, following an 11:30 viewing at the chapel that morning. Burial will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Funeral Directors: Holbrook Funeral Home.
His heart will beat in ours for
as long as life itself remains.
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