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Myron Morgan1924 ~ 2014Myron Morgan, 89, peacefully passed away at his home in Cedar Hills, UT, on December 29, 2013 with his devoted wife of over forty years at his bedside. He succumbed to multiple complications of spinal stenosis. Myron married Virginia Warburton Mehler Merrell on August 30, 1974. She was his full-time caretaker until the very end while receiving the added support of A-Plus Hospice. Myron was attracted to Virginia because she was adventuresome and a good companion. Their life together was filled with all kinds of pleasurable activities. Lately they enjoyed watching sunsets together, noting that no two were ever alike. Myron was born March 30, 1924, to Roy Thomas Morgan and Gertrude Karen Mathiason on Griffith Ranch in Burbank, CA. His youth was spent in Monrovia, CA, where he completed elementary education and graduated from Monrovia High School. In May of 1949 he graduated from the University of California at Berkley with a degree in mechanical engineering. He remained at the university doing research on a long-term, top-secret project. Here, he held his first of other top-security clearances and is credited with development of the proximity fuse, which is used in rocket motors. Later on, Myron used the proximity fuse as part of the anti-ballistic-missile (ABM). It is also used in other systems, depending on what is to be accomplished.Myron designed the ABM, patented in 1974, and later assigned it to his employer, Aerojet. Its capability is to destroy incoming enemy fire in midair, far enough removed from its target to prevent the devastation of a strike. Myron described this like hitting a bullet with a bullet. His ABM design was disclosed during the cold war with Russia but could not be developed and used then because it would violate USA's agreement with Russia and upset the balance-of-terror. Myron was pleased to have lived to see his ABM design developed and successfully used by Israel in its Iron Dome Missile Defense System. Much of his career was spent designing weapons that destroyed property and lives. He was especially happy to have created something that saved lives. Nuclear energy was his focus during the five years from 1974 to 1979 and he was employed by EG&G at Arco, ID. There he updated the coolant system, redesigned valves and refurbished components. He took part in their installation, the testing, and provided his supervision and expertise until the critical milepost was passed. At one point, it required physically moving to the site where he and another engineer provided twenty-four hour supervision over a five-day period. Here, he was given the nickname "X-Ray-Eyes" by machinists who polished his designs. Their work was not finished until Myron's keen vision and super-sensitive fingers said so. He was a perfectionist.Earlier in his career, Myron worked on the space vehicle, which at that time was using a fuel system that was toxic, dangerous and too messy to clean up for a re-launch. The old fuel was then changed from hyperbolic, red-fuming nitric acid to a combination of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Myron designed a new fluid system, using the new fuel, which allowed astronauts to travel to the moon and return in safety. He most admired astronauts because he understood the courage it took to be one. At the end of his career, he worked on the space shuttle Endeavor that was to replace the Challenger that exploded in flight with loss of life.He worked on many other programs, including MX Missile and the Star Wars Program. He was a mentor to young engineers an after his retirement consulted for a period of time. He was plant engineer on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii in the early 1950's and spent a very brief employment with Thiokol Corporation in the 1970's.He had a brilliant mind with profound confidence in his own ability. He successfully completed every project he was ever assigned during his entire career. He credited his engineering foundation that allowed him to learn more by doing what he had never done before. Myron was extremely private and modest about his successes saying, "I was good at what I had to do so it didn't take me long to figure it out. My head worked well for that kind of stuff."Myron also understood the importance of knowledge and respected all boundaries that provided safety. He had no fear of failure of anything he had control over. Top-secret clearance was a part of Myron's life, and so, there is classified information and other knowledge that passed on with him. He said this would be the case.He marveled at and loved the wonders of nature. He understood the intricacies of the earth he lived on and the atmosphere he dealt with in his work. Myron could see God's hand in everything and would never, for a minute, doubt God's existence nor the part God played in its creation.Myron was never a member of any organized church but he always admired the Mormon people. He did his best to follow their example. If he knew about it, he was on hand to help anyone with a need. He was glad whenever a bishop would extend him a "calling," which they occasionally did. It was common for him to "throw" missionaries' bikes in the back of his truck and drive them home over a road he considered unsafe. They also shared many meals together in his home. Myron made a mark on the world not only because of his career. He touched many lives day to day. Wherever he was, he was always busy catching up someone else's odd jobs. He liked to be busy and helpful. He welcomed everyone into his home. Each morning he prepared a large bowl of freshly sliced fruit for their enjoyment. Grandchildren left his home with a little snack bag of goodies he had put together. Myron was always a meaningful presence in our lives. He was quiet, tolerant, generous and kind. Memories of him will always be carried in our hearts. He will be loved forever and ever and will be sadly missed. He loved us all. He had no favorites!He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and her children, Steve Mehler (Pat), Michele Fahsbender (John); Myron's sons and daughters, Chris Morgan (Mary), Ralph Morgan, Janice Morgan, and Gail Otis (Denis); his grandchildren, Patrick Morgan, Justin Otis, and Emily Otis; sister-in-law, Eileen Fend; brother-in-law, Preston Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews. Others, who knew and loved him as a father, were James, Jeffery and Jerry Brown. Virginia's twelve grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren were always a part of his life. They shared fun and adored each other. Preceded in death by his sister, Cora Mitchell; brother, Bruce Morgan; and a great grandson, Daxton Greenwood.A Memorial Service will be held for family and friends at a later date. The family would like to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to A-Plus Hospice. Their entire healthcare team gave such tender care to Myron for over two years. Each one went above and beyond in their service and it is most appreciated. And thank you to all of his neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness and service.Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.utahvalleymortuary.com