Orloff "Pote" Morrow
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Great Falls —Orloff Potter "Pote" Morrow, 83, of Great Falls, passed away May 14, 2014. No services are planned at this time. Cremation is in the care of Croxford Funeral Home.
Pote was born August 3, 1930 in Lethbridge, Canada to Burton and Addie Morrow. He graduated high school from St. Michael's University in Victoria, Canada. He went on to attend the University of Washington for one year. He began his military service in the Army Air Force in 1947 and served for five years. Morrow was a controller at Templehof airfield in Berlin, Germany and during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49. At the height of the airlift, aircraft were landing at the field every 45 seconds, making it the busiest airport in the world at that time. During his time serving, Pote was stationed in Florida, England and France.
He came to Great Falls from Oakland, California in 1958. He was an air traffic controller and operator of the first FAA Radar to be installed in Montana and several neighboring states. He spent many years as the assistant chief supervisor for the FAA office here in Great Falls.
Pote met and married the love of his life, Dona Roushar in Choteau in 1959. They spent 55 wonderful years together. It was a "true love" marriage and it would be true to say all they needed was each other.
As a private pilot, Pote owned and operated his own plane. He also restored and collected old cars and collected license plates. His plate collection was at one time on display at the Cascade County Courthouse. He was a charter member of the MT Arms Collectors Association, member of Montana Pioneer and Classic Car Club, past master of Masonic Lodge #34, bagpiper in the Great Falls Shrine Bagpipe Band, and past Commander of the Montana State Air Patrol. Pote was a die-hard Seahawks fan and was elated to see them win the Super Bowl.
Pote is survived by his wife, Dona Morrow of Great Falls; son, Jerry (Darlene) Woodward of Great Falls.
Condolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 18, 2014