Arthur Roy Morin, 91, our beloved father, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Dad was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Baker, Ore., the only son of Charles Arthur Morin and Mary Jeanette Shipp Morin. He was nurtured in a family suffused with love. He had four sisters whom he adored, and they adored him. He grew up on a ranch, where he learned to appreciate and enjoy the value of hard work. It was this combination of hard work and love that was the foundation for his moral, physical and intellectual strength.
Hard work was one of the defining characteristics of his life. Dad graduated from Brigham Young University, where he studied math and chemistry. His work experience included farm and dairy work, school teaching, insurance and real estate. Art was the broker of his own real estate companies in both Utah and Idaho.
Love of family and love of the gospel were two of his other defining characteristics. His faith in Christ was unwavering. Dad was a people person; friendly, able to connect with others, helpful and positive: a common response when asked about his well-being was, "Young and beautiful!" He was full of hope. He was enthusiastic; "the difference between a geyser and a mud puddle is ENTHUSIASM!" was one of his favorite sayings. His posterity enjoyed his storytelling talent. Dad loved horses. He did not fear challenges.
He served in the military during World War II -- Army, Air Force and OSS. While in the military, he received various service and conduct medals and distinguished himself as a boxer.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States, where he met Rene Lyman, his future wife. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 29, 1948. They were a wonderful fit.
Dad is survived by all 11 children: Art (Norma), Brad (Cathy), Marilee (Roger Larsen), Julynn (Robert Simmons), Edward (Lorraine), Lynette (Jeff Moore), Benjamin (Deann), Burke (Christine), Chris (Connie), Charles (Kimber) and Carolyn (Wally Arave); 57 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren; a sister, RitaRae (Ed Elsberry); and a brother-in-law, Russ Castleberry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sisters, Janet, Elsie and Ina; and a grandson, "Little" Wally.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 6, at the LDS Chapel, 545 S. 800 East in Orem, Utah. Friends and family may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 5, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday prior to services, both at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.premierfuneral.com.