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Michael O'Farrell Morton


1978 - 2019
Michael O'Farrell Morton Obituary
Michael O'Farrell Morton
April 9, 1978 - July 7, 2019
Michael O'Farrell Morton, lifelong resident of Portland, passed away unexpectedly July 7, 2019 at the age of 41. Michael was born to Philip and Rosemary Morton and was the youngest of five with four sisters, Alisha, Krista, Nicole and Valerie.
He attended school in S.W. Portland and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1996. He attended Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon before moving to Los Angeles, attending Los Angeles Recording School, to learn to record and mix music.
Michael was a very talented guitar player and song writer, composing and recording many songs. One room of his S.E. Portland home became a music studio where he recorded all the instrumental and singing parts of his songs to create the final recording. He owned 13 guitars plus mixing boards and other sound equipment for his recordings.
While in high school and college Michael spent the summers working with his uncle John H. Zuber in the concrete business. He learned the trade and created permanent structures all over the Portland area. Michael enjoyed the work and loved to get his hands in wet concrete. In 2006 he went to work for the City of Portland, in the Structures Department building and repairing many of Portland's concrete retaining walls, stairways, bridge railings and other concrete structures.
Michael enjoyed working with his many friends at the City of Portland and watching all sports, but specifically the Portland Trail Blazers and University of Oregon football and basketball games. In addition to his music he also was very interested in cars and loved to talk about them, mostly about Fords.
He is survived by his mother and father; sisters, Alisha Morton, Krista Petterson, Nicole Jenkins, Valerie Nias; and nieces and nephews, Griffin Hunter, Conner Hunter, Claire Cordill, Tyler Cordill, Henry Nias and Emily Nias. Let the music play on without end.
A private service was held in late August.
Remembrances may be made to My Voice Music at:
MyVoiceMusic.org/Michael-Morton-Memorial
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2019
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