John Thomas Morris died March 7, 2017, at Delta County Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 95.
He was born in Comanche, Okla., on July 4, 1921, to Thomas Morris and Mae Amy Duval. He grew up during the Great Depression on a farm in rural Oklahoma.
Mr. Morris served in the Navy during World War II. He was in the Pacific Theater on the minesweeper USS Advent from 1942 to 1945.
In 1946, he married Fredrica Venable in Anchorage, Alaska. She died in 2014.
Mr. Morris graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1949. He taught math and history for School District #2 in Colorado Springs and coached football until he retired in 1985.
He was an avid golfer and a member of the Deer Creek Village Golf Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Juanona Bennet; sons, William and David; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made a charity of the donor's choice.
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