David John Morton
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David Morton, 11/20/25, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 2 after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer and Alzheimer's. A resident of Rialto for 38 years, David was born in Mayville, New York to Neal and Floy Morton, the youngest of three brothers and two sisters; with one surviving brother, Norman. He is survived by his loving wife, Patti, of 31 years; his daughter and son-in- law, Maureen and Gary Adams of Redwood City, CA, and his son, Mark, of San Anselmo, CA. Also left to mourn their "Papa Dave" are Patti's children, Gregory Groshong, Michele and son-in-law, Michael Sachs, and Kimberly Groshong. Beloved grandchildren are Amber and Bradley Groshong and Jessica and Sarah Sachs. He also leaves many nieces and nephews of his late sister and brothers.
David was a devout and proud member of the Rialto United Methodist Church. He loved his church family and was very appreciative of their love and prayers during his illness and confinement. David was born and reared in the funeral business, owning and operating funeral homes in New York and Pennsylvania with his father until David and his family moved to the Bay area. Upon moving to Rialto, he purchased The Rialto Funeral Chapel and became active in many civic organizations as well as his church. He was a long-time member of The Big Country Chordsmen barbershop chorus, and formed his own quartet, The San Berdoo Dads, entertaining at various venues around the county. David was a 32nd Degree Mason out of the Burlingame Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
David loved his family and his home and his wood-working shop, and was most happy at family gatherings where all shared fellowship, fun and food. His sense of humor, integrity and understanding, and love will be greatly mourned by his wife and children and many friends.
The family would like to thank David's doctors, Dr. Aaron Jordon and his staff; and Dr. Daniel Lama, Dr. Sun Kim and Dr. Franklin Chu and their staff for their excellent and loving care. Sincere and heartfelt thanks also are sent to the nurses and aides of St. Grace Hospice for their care and comfort during the past six months.
A memorial service will be held at Rialto United Methodist Church, Baseline and Lilac in Rialto on Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the Social Hall. Private interment was at Mt. View Cemetery, San Bernardino. Donations would be lovingly accepted by the Memorial Fund at the United Methodist Church.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Aug. 7, 2012