Morton Claude Terry
1934 - 2021
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Morton Claude Terry

Salinas - Morton Claude Terry, son of Walter Scott and Beulah Terry, died at age 86, from complications of Covid-19 on December 16, 2020. Mort was born August 16, 1934 in Pacific Grove, California and was raised in Salinas where he graduated from Salinas High School in 1952. Mort attended Wheaton College, near Chicago for two years before transferring and graduating from UC Berkley in 1956. Upon graduation Mort enlisted in the U.S. Army, and following basic training in Fort Lewis, Washington, he was stationed in Wertheim, West Germany. He was a Computer with the 804th Field Artillery. He earned a Good Conduct Medal, and was an expert rifleman, winning the unit rifle competition in his second year, 1958, and was "top gun" for his unit the following year. While traveling on leave in Norway, Mort met his future wife, Nancy, who was traveling with her family on vacation from Grosse Point, Michigan. Mort and Nancy were married in 1959 at the Presbyterian Church in Salinas. Mort and Nancy lived in the San Francisco Bay area for several years while Mort earned a master's degree in history and a Teaching Credential. Mort and Nancy then moved to Salinas where they built a house at 811 Archer Street, and Mort joined the Salinas Union High School District, teaching 7th and 8th grade History at El Sausal Junior High School. In 1968, Mort and Nancy welcomed their first child, Anne Louise, and in 1970 welcomed their second child, Bruce Walter. Nancy died in 1980 after battling cancer. Mort raised his children to honorable adulthood, sending Anne to U.C. Davis where she earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and became a large animal veterinarian, and sending Bruce to CSU Sacramento, where he joined the Army and rose to the rank of Colonel. Mort stayed at El Sausal for his career spanning 33 years of teaching and retired in 1999.

As a boy, Mort hunted and fished with his father in the Pajaro Valley and carried forward a love of fishing throughout his life. Mort valued learning above other interests and devoted himself to educating himself and others through a lifetime of reading, travel, and inquiry. After Nancy's death, Mort endured a period of grief before finding renewed love with his partner, LeAnne Haas, that has endured until his passing. Mort was known for keeping a simple house and yard, his goal was to minimize maintenance so he could focus his time on the things and people he loved. Mort is survived by his partner LeAnne, his brother Jim, his daughter Anne and her partner Clint, his son and daughter in-law Bruce and Beki, and his four grandchildren Hannah, Alexander, Rachel, and Robert.

A memorial will be planned for some time after the pandemic settles.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
God Bless Mr.Terry I was a student of his at El Sausal in the year of 77/78 he was a awesome man .My Condolence to his family.
Pat and Patty Varela
January 9, 2021
Mr. Terry, God's speed, i know there are plenty of children waiting for you to call class to order. My condolences to Le Anne also, you were a wonderful teacher in my life also.
Jack Luna
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