Dr. James O. Morton, prominent educator in the Salt Lake City School system, died August 5, 1995 at age 66.
He was born November 1, 1928 to Edna Bailey and Edward Morton. He married Darlene Cheney in 1948. They were later divorced in 1982. He married Lornel Triveedy Grubaugh in 1985 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he resided until his death. He began his career as a teacher at the Whittier Elementary School. After a short time, he became principal of the Lowell Elementary School. His career then escalated to the position of director of curriculum in the Salt Lake City elementary schools. He and his family moved to New York and he received his doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University. While there, he also taught at Queens College for a short time. Upon returning to Salt Lake and the Board of Education, it wasn't long before his good friend, Elliott Landau, encouraged him to join the staff at the University of Utah. He served there as an associate professor of Science Education and student teacher advisor for 15 years.He is survived by his wife and will be greatly missed by his three children, James A. Morton, West Jordan; Vicki M. Berthold, Centerville; John M. Morton, Kennett Square, Penn.; and 11 grandchildren. He will also be missed by four step-children, Jon C. Grubaugh, Sandy; Shirlee M. Nicol, Riverton; Peri F. Sutherland, Sacramento, Calif.; Paul Grubaugh, Salt Lake City; seven step-grandchildren and two god-children.
He loved teaching and his extraordinary teaching skills will long be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to have been one of his "Students" along the way.
A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, August 26, 1995 at 12 noon in the Centerville Canyon Ward House, 100 So. 300 East, Centerville.
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