DALLAS — John Denzil Morrett, 59, of Dallas, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, after a longstanding battle with cancer.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Kingston, son of the late Denzil John Morrett and Olgyanna (Lewko) Morrett, and was raised in the small community of Luzerne. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1971, and earned degrees from Luzerne County Community College as well as Penn State University.
He joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 23 and was stationed in Rantoul, Ill.; Tucson, Ariz.; Dover, Del.; and Great Falls, Mont. He was also stationed overseas, once in Frankfurt, Germany, and twice in Lajes, Azores.
John retired after 20 years of military service in February 1996, returning to his family home in Kunkle. John also retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections after 15 years of service as a prison guard, from 1996 to 2011 at Chase Prison, Dallas.
John was a 30-year member of George M. Dallas Lodge 531 F&AM and a member of the Hillbillies of Irem Shrine, Dallas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, the former Laurel Bock; his two sons, Jason Morrett and his fiancee, Tabitha Ward, Arizona; and Justin Morrett and his wife, Kristen, Arizona; daughters, Jessica Phoenix and her husband, Jonas, Arizona; and Amorette Harrell and her fiance, Mike Barr, Hazleton; and six grandchildren.
John was known to his friends and family as "Farmer John." He was a man of family, a man of the land and a man of the Lord. He fought the good fight. He never stopped thinking about others. He attended church at Emmanuel Assembly of God Church in Harveys Lake EVERY Sunday, reading scripture, testifying to his fellow Christians and, of course, ringing the church bell. His daily devotion was to doing God's work. To quote him, "We LOVE the Lord our God and dedicate our lives and work to HIS glory in Jesus' name."
Farewell for now, Farmer John — we will see you on the other side.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Lawrence Reed, pastor of Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with services conducted by the Daddow Isaacs Post 672, American Legion, at 7 p.m. and the George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge at 8 p.m.