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1948 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
STEPHEN LESTER MORGAN Stephen Lester Morgan, died unexpectedly on December 16, 2012, in Medford, Oregon, from a heart attack. He was born October 27, 1948, to Lester and Ruby Morgan in Corning, CA. He grew up in the Capay area, attending McIntosh Elementary school. He was taught by the same first grade teacher, Mrs. Ruth Stanley, which had taught his mother. He attended Hamilton City High School for his freshman year playing football and baseball. He transferred to Orland High School his sophomore year and graduated in 1966. He attended Shasta Junior College in Redding for a year and then moved to Palo Alto to attend Foothill College. In 1969, he moved back to the Orland area to go into partnership with his father, Lester, on the family dairy farm. In 1970, he married Charlotte Hills of Orland and while living in Capay, they had two sons, Jason and Neil. Upon leaving the dairy farm, he worked for Tanner Bros. in Orland learning the skills of construction. By 1974, he was building on his own in the Orland, Willows and Chico area. Both his brother and sister, Mark Morgan and Barbara Morgan Rice, later joined him in the construction and development business until 1985. In 1986, Steve moved to Southern California, where he worked for Lincoln Development Company. He met and later married Annette LaRue. In the early 1990's, they moved to Medford, Oregon, where Steve continued his building career. Their daughter, Natalie was born during this time. At the time of his death, he was overseeing the first phase of Northgate Center, a new shopping development bringing the long awaited Trader Joe's and REI to the Medford area. Steve enjoyed sports (especially the Giants & 49er's and was a loyal fan even during their down years), history, music of all kinds, the outdoors, and traveling. His survivors include his wife, Annette; their daughter, Natalie; his sons, Jason and Neil (Tierney); granddaughter, Eleanor (daughter of Neil and Tierney); brother, Mark (Shelley) Morgan and sister, Barbara (Dan) Rice, and several nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of his life is planned for Feb. 9, 2013 in Medford, Oregon.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 25, 2013
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