John Summers Morgan|
1925 ~ 2013
LAYTON, UT-John Summers Morgan passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at his home in Layton, Utah at the age of 87.
John was born October 27, 1925 in Ogden, Utah to Joseph Franklin and Essie Elsie Summers Morgan. He was raised and educated in Layton and graduated from Davis High School. Throughout his life, he was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, something his parents instilled in him at a young age.
During World War II, John performed alternative civilian service in Glacier National Park and a hospital in California. After the war, John served an LDS mission to the French Polynesia Islands of Tahiti from 1947-1950. After his return, he courted and married Carol Ellison of Layton on August 29, 1952 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple with Apostle Matthew Cowley officiating. Together, they joyfully raised a family of six sons and two daughters. John and Carol were privileged to raise their family on the original homestead of John's great grandfather, Joseph Morgan, who immigrated to America in 1853 at the age of 25 after converting to the LDS church in Herefordshire, England. He happily worked for 20 years in a family business, J. Frank Morgan and Sons, with his father and brothers, Golden and Mark, raising turkeys. He served on the Utah Agriculture Board and the National Turkey Federation Board and as President in 1967. This service prompted many summer family vacations throughout the states. He also worked a farm and cattle operation with his brother Mark that continues today with his son Andy.
John entered the banking business at The First National Bank of Layton in 1970 and organized the Second National Bank of Layton and served the community there until his retirement. He was a director of Continental Bank in Salt Lake City.
As a member of the LDS Church, John loved the Lord and served unselfishly for many years in scouting and other positions, including Bishop and Stake Patriarch. Besides his first mission to Tahiti, John also served three more LDS missions with his wife, one in Tahiti as mission assistants, in the Salt Lake Family History Department, and later as Temple President of the Papeete Tahiti LDS Temple. Through his many years of service in Tahiti, John developed a deep love for the Tahitian people and their culture.
He and his brothers helped the Layton Stake of the LDS Church build a youth camp at Lyman Lake in the Uinta Mountains, where his boys water skied and spent many summers on horse-pack trips in the surrounding mountains. John especially enjoyed snow skiing and taught the sport to his family, who have carried on the tradition.
His belief in God coined his favorite saying, "May the good Lord take a liking to you." His positive nature prompted him to often sing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and his love of the outdoors expressed in the song, "Home on the Range."
He taught his family the value of hard work, the law of the harvest, how to work together, honesty in all your dealings and showing love and kindness to neighbors and fellowmen. He was blessed with faith in his abilities to work, to build buildings, to enjoy his horses, his mountain trips on Maple Ridge and hunting. John was a true disciple of Jesus Christ and an amazing example to all of kindness and charity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Golden, and his sisters, Wanda and Margie Dean, his son, Charles Summers Morgan, and grandson Robert Morgan Green.
He is survived by his wife Carol Ellison Morgan, children (and spouses): Nathan (Karen) Morgan, Samuel (Shawn) Morgan, Thomas (Kay) Morgan, Ellison (Robert) Green, Peter (Michelle) Morgan, Andrew (Amber) Morgan, and Mary (Steve) Burnett; 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a brother Mark D. (Elaine) Morgan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Holmes Creek Stake Center, 125 Chapel Street, Layton. Friends may visit family Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News from May 7 to May 8, 2013