Terrill J. "Terry" MORRIS

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God has called on one more angel to join him in heaven. On Monday, May 26, 2014, Terrill "Terry" J. Morris, 67, of Santa Rosa left us suddenly after a six-month battle with bile duct cancer. A determined fighter until the end, Terry fought to stay with his family and friends and was unwilling to accept defeat. God took away his suffering as he held the hand of his best friend and wife of thirty- six loving years. He is survived by his loving wife and true love, Judy Lynch Morris, and children, Robert Heilman of Santa Rosa, Heather "Diane" Maloney (Matt) of Fair Oaks, McKenzie Morris Crownover (Chris) of Santa Rosa, and Sommer Morris of Santa Rosa, and two grandchildren Madeline Mae Maloney and Ethan Morris Crownover whom he adored. He looked forward to watching them grow and mature and especially looked forward to watching Maddie's dance recitals and Ethan becoming a little leaguer. Terry is survived by his mother Delores Workman, sisters Sue de los Santos and Wendy Nelson, loved in-laws DelMar and Arlie Lynch of Bakersfield who loved him like a son, sister-in-law Arlene Wade, and many nieces and nephews. He joins in heaven his brother Jon Morris and his father Arden Morris. Terry touched the lives of many and left behind his dear friends such as his former CHP partner Bill Camps, John Mede, and John Healy. Terry was born in Los Angeles and raised in Burbank. As a child he had a true love for baseball and would save his earnings from his newspaper routes to buy tickets to see his local team, the Dodgers. He played ball and graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank. His evenings, weekends, and summers were spent playing ball and chess with his best friends Jack Wilson, Dennis Hooper, and John Healy. After high school, he worked at the local Fedco gas station and enrolled as an undergraduate student at Cal State University of LA. When the Vietnam War started, Jack, John, and Terry rose to the call of duty and enlisted in the military. Terry served in Vietnam in the Army's 101st Airborne as a paratrooper. Sadly, Jack did not return and lost his life in the war. Upon returning from the war, Terry re-enrolled and graduated with a BA in Police Science and Administration. With a passion for law and helping others, Terry applied for the California Highway Patrol. After graduating the academy, he was assigned to the LA and Tejon offices. He met the love of his life Judy Lynch through a mutual friend who was a member of a local snow ski club. After their first meeting, Terry was smitten and quickly asked Judy on a date. Over the months that followed, Terry swept Judy off her feet. He transferred to the Bakersfield office and the two married. They loved everything they did together; side-by-side they made and taught stain glass and jewelry at their store, Sunshine Reflections. Over the years, they shared a marriage full of amazing memories fun and world travels. The CHP promoted Terry to sergeant and the family transferred to the Gilroy office, and then eventually transferred to the Rohnert Park office. Terry had a passion for accident investigation and loved the science. He was promoted to the CHP M.A.I.T team, The Golden Gate Division in Benicia and continued his education to become an accident reconstruction specialist and expert witness. In 2000, he retired from the CHP after 30 years and opened his accident reconstruction firm, Terrill Morris and Associates with his wife, Judy. And as if that wasn't enough, he decided to join Sonoma County Sherriff's Department as a deputy for five years. He also attended Empire College School of Law. He was a member of Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, NAPARS, SATAI, INCR, CAHP, IPA, and the local VFW. He had a love for flying and obtained his private pilot's license. He could often be found on the fairways golfing with his friends John Mede and Dave Bergman, and snow skiing, kayaking, and traveling with his family. Terry was a true car enthusiast and enjoyed his classic '57 Chevy. On sunny days, he would take out his beauty (wife and car, of course) and go for a drive. A smile would stretch across his face as he shifted the gears. He was a member of the Redwood Empire Classic Chevy Club, the Sonoma A's, and past member of the Corvette's Sonoma County. He will always be remembered for his kind, caring, compassionate heart. Soft-spoken yet witty, Terry would slip jokes into conversations that would have everyone giggling. For his wife, he was the love of her life. They were often dancing circles around the kitchen and sharing hugs and kisses. To his children, he was the steady foundation that offered loving advice and daily encouragement. To his grandchildren, he was their loving Poppy. Terry will forever live on through the hearts he touched and through the gift of being an organ donor. Terry's life will be remembered on Saturday, June 28th, 2014. A celebration of life will be at Stoke's Ranch, 5525 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa, CA at 4:00 p.m. We will fill the fields with classic cars and the air with 50s and 60s music. He will be there with us in spirit, sweeping us off our feet and dazzling us with his charming smile and beautiful blue eyes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the CHP Widow and Orphans' Fund, 2030 "V" Street, Sacramento, CA 95818 or to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, 2244 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831. Terry's legacy will live on through his love, Judy, through his children he was so proud of, and through his little grandchildren. There is one more angel patrolling the highways of heaven. In time, God will bring us back together for our next chapter. Until then, we all love you and miss you.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 7 to June 10, 2014
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