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David Morton of Prairie Village, Kan., was born to Eternal Life on the morning of September 27, 2011, surrounded by the family who loved him, after a very long and inspirational battle with cancer. The faith and fortitude he maintained to the end was in keeping with his lifetime spirit of hopeful perseverance, and his unwavering trust in the Lord. David was born the youngest of six children on Dec. 27, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dr. Harry Thomas and Mrs. Edith (Dulin) Morton. His father served as City Physician of Kansas City. His mother served as an American Baptist missionary to China in the 1920s. He was preceded in death by his parents and three of his sisters, Mary Virginia (Morton) Schmall, Ruth (Morton) Metcalf, and Priscilla Morton. Dave graduated from Southeast High School in Kansas City, where he was student body president, student mayor of Kansas City and state oratorical champion. He was a graduate of William Jewell College where he served as class president, a member of the class senate, and a competitor in debate and forensics. Combining his political science degree, his love of learning, and his public speaking skills, he established careers in broadcasting and education, working simultaneously at both jobs for over 40 years. In the newsroom and in the classroom, Dave was passionate about his work. He worked in several local newsrooms and served as News Director at WDAF-AM-61 Country and KFIX. He was the Kansas City bureau chief of Metro Networks. As the broadcast editor at the Kansas City Business Journal, he delivered business reports on KMBC-TV, KCMO, and later on KMBZ. For years he was the Sunday morning talk show host of a program called Directions. Much of Dave's teaching career was spent at schools in the Kansas City, Mo., School District, where he also served for a short period in administration. He taught Social Studies for 22 years at Southwest High School. He recently taught in the Shawnee Mission School District and at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kan. Mr. Morton, as he was known by his students, continues to be remembered by them, for: his sense of humor, his quick wit, and his encouragement of them to become critical thinkers. David was blessed to be a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. He and his family are deeply grateful for also having been embraced and supported in so many ways by Holy Trinity Parish and school community, where his wife has been a teacher throughout her teaching career. Celebrating the life, love and memory of Dave: his loving wife of 33 years, Kathleen (Eisele) Morton and his six beloved children, Jo Lynne Morton Gouldie of Kansas City, Jackie Morton (husband Bob) Bohannon of Leawood, Julie Morton (husband Greg) Walton of Belton, Ryan Morton, Katie Morton and Jonathan Morton, of Prairie Village; his 11 beautiful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his sisters, Elizabeth Morton Gorman of Prairie Village and Martha Morton Zielger of Kansas City; many nieces and nephews, his Southeast Gathering friends, colleagues and countless former students. Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, prayer service at 7 p.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 9150 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann Catholic Church Angel Fund, or the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arr.: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, (913) 438-6444. P
Published by Kansas City Star on Sep. 29, 2011.
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Was a great teacher who brought wit and dedication to his proffesion.. RIP Mr. Morton..
Ron Garcia
January 12, 2015
The one and only Dave. A man who inspried me
April 30, 2014
To the family of David Morton you may have never have heard of me but I will be forever grateful for the man who inspired me to be a better person I would like to say thank you Mr Morton for being such a great teacher And Id like to also say Thank you to his family for sharing him with me in my life. May you rest in peace Mr Morton.
Christopher Peeler
February 5, 2013
When I started high school in 1980, I was just starting to become interested in civics and politics. Dave Morton was one of the influences that sparked that growing interest and turned me into the major civics geek that I am today (I even carry a small folded-up copy of the constitution around in my wallet). Although I am of a very different political stripe than he, Mr. Morton played a significant role in my political awakening, and I've always honored him for that. I hope his friends and family will find solace in each other's love. Farewell, Dave. You will be remembered with grat fondness.
James Staples
February 4, 2013
Dear Kathy and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I just found out today. (I had surgery in the fall and was out of it for a few months.) I know he fought a long and brave battle. He was an inspiration to so many people. My heart goes out to your family. Please know I always keep you in my prayers.

Kathy Vacek
Kathy Vacek
June 30, 2012
Dave was great person in the newsroom. He was never shy on words and had great approach to the news.
S ray
June 4, 2012
Kathy: I just wanted to send my condolences on Dave's passing. He brought so much to all of us thru our lives. The leadership he brought while in school and as he continued his walk here on earth will be greatly missed. I hope to see you at our SE Luncheons.
Susan Link
October 16, 2011
Kathy, I am glad I got to meet you. I will miss being with Dave on Thursdays. He was so caring. He also made my husband feel welcome. God be with you.
Saundra Tree
October 8, 2011
My condolences to Dave Morton's family, friends and hundreds of students. My father, George R. Powell was Vice-Principal at Southeast in 1950s when Dave was student body president. We enjoyed reuniting & laughing with Dave & friends over the last few years. God Bless Dave Morton!
from Jean Sprinkle(SW'43).
Jean Powell Sprinkle
October 6, 2011
I went to Southwest only for my Senior year, and being in Mr. Morton's class certainly made it worth getting up and going to school. I appreciated the challenge he gave to youngsters who thought they knew it all, myself included. I last saw Mr. Morton while Christmas shopping in 1972. I am glad that so many lives have felt his influence over the years.
Michael Gilmore
October 4, 2011
Dave Morton is the most phenomenal person I have ever known. We met when we were teaching at Northeast Middle School in 1991. Between he, Pam Sanders, and Nancy Ferrel, we became great friends who shared many laughs together. Never once did I ever see Dave without a sense of humor and a smile. He was indeed the truest gentleman I have ever had the pleasure to be friends with. Kathy and family, all my love to you.
Cindy Oliver
October 3, 2011
Mr. Morton to Mr. Dave,
My mentor evolving to my friend. I feel so fortunate that our lives became full circle and I was able to meet and laugh with your Kathy. I will miss you but feel secure that my memories are firmly etched. I know you and GRP are handing out 8th hours appropriately.
Kim Sprinkle Wyre
October 3, 2011
To Dave's Family:
All of the pain and suffering is over now for Dave. I knew him a long time and he was a great mentor to me at KCKN AM&FM (surprised that station was left out of the obit.). I interned from 1968-71 at KCKN and was a staffer from 1972-77. He also hired me at KFIX in 1979. May you RIP old friend.
Joe H. Vaughan
Joe Vaughan
October 1, 2011
No words can take the intensity of this grief away from you. Just know that that his battle is now over, and that so many will remain strong in their love for you and in helping you through your battle to reach past this sorrowful loss. Dave was a huge hearted man. I am grateful to have shared the times that we did.
Jillian Gilmore
October 1, 2011
Dear Morton family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of those silly SW students in the 1980's. Mr. Morton had a great sense of humor even when one of my classmates put a tape recorder in the ceiling to talk to him!
Gayle Schurig
September 30, 2011
Kathy and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know David fought an incredible battle for many many years. You are in the thoughts and prayers of our family!
Maureen Walter and Family
September 30, 2011
Greetings, Dave was a wonderful teacher. I would look forward to going to his class. Whenever I hear someone talk about raising children I think about Uncle Dave. He would say "You raise cattle, you rear children." My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those who cared for him.
Tom "Smiley" McCreery
September 30, 2011
I always looked forward to his class at SW! He would never give us his opinion because he wanted our young minds to form our own critical thoughts. He would always do this by zinging us with good humor. It was so much fun learning with Mr. Morton! My condolences to his family. Rest in peace dear teacher and friend. (SW'68)
Rick Sprinkle
September 30, 2011
Kathy and Family~ My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. I like to believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength. The time we have spent with those we've lost makes them part of us. Sending you love and Aloha~ Brooke Johnson Derby
Brooke Johnson Derby
September 30, 2011
Dave Morton's oldest son was one of my childhood friends. Dave was a great hardest working persons that I have ever know. I am glad that he is in a better place.
David Mogren
September 29, 2011
My sincere sympathy to you, Kathy, and your family in this time of loss. I join the chorus in proclaiming Mr. Morton's
influence due to his memorable, inspirational teaching style.
June Vermillion Cannon
September 29, 2011
Mr. Morton was my favorite teacher of all. He always had a joke, always happy and loved catching kids doing things they shouldn't be doing. My last name was Medlicott but he always called me Medlibed, loved him for that nickname and his great sense of humor. Sally Medlibed Dolan
sally dolan
September 29, 2011
Kathy and family -

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of your loved one.

Lynne Cobin (Zukel)
Lynne Cobin
September 29, 2011
I think I took every social studies class Mr. Morton taught at Southwest because he made learning fun. I am sure that is the reason my minor on my teaching certificate is social studies. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Linda Edwards Paul
September 29, 2011
A very enjoyable teacher with good insight in the history class I was in and it helped stimulate my thinking for what could otherwise have been a very dull class. I often think about that class and it's been 40 years since then.
Deb Shearer
September 29, 2011
Mr. Morton was my favorite teacher at Southwest High School. I still have a note that he sent to my parents in 1969 indicating that he was changing a failing grade to an inferior one because he felt my overall attitude had recently improved. Forty years later I personally was able to speak to him during a hospital stay he had, and I told him of the note and he laugh and said, "remember all of that extra credit work you had done??!!" For the life of me, I couldn't. He was a teacher that helped me so very much, who understood more of the problems I was having at the time, than I did myself. I will never forget his kindness, humor, and dedication to his students. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time.
Margo Aldridge
September 29, 2011
Dave was my teacher in high school but I learned so much more from him in the last 2 years. I learned friendship and faith. He invested in people... the ONLY investment that lasts. He is in heaven now and I will miss him.

Ellen Schultheis Kelley
September 29, 2011
Dave and I didn't run in the same circles in highschool but in the last few years, at the highschool "gatherings", we had a lot of fun together. He had a great sense of humor. I'll miss knowing he's there ready to make a wisecrack pointed at me.

Earl Crawford
Earl Crawford
September 29, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the entire Morton family on your loss.

Dave Morton was one of the finest teachers I was ever privileged to have. He was specifically one of four at Southwest High School who made my two years there memorable and enlightening. Because of my Canadian roots, he called me "Quebec Jacque" in a political science course he taught my senior year in 1969. Stacy Lee and Frank Swyden were in that same class and I can clearly remember the fun he had with them, as well. His ribbing was for laughs, and there was a lot of that in his classes. It is said that good teachers teach; great teachers demonstrate; and superior teachers inspire. I think Dave was all three in one.

Years later, after graduation, while I was working with the KCPD, our paths crossed a few times and it seems the years apart had changed our relationship from that of former teacher/student to one of old friends, two fellows who had shared a part of life together for a time and for whom each had an appreciation for the impact the other had had on his life. I shall miss Mr. Dave Morton, but I deeply appreciate that I was honored to have learned a bit about life from him.

His face is extremely clear in my mind's eye at this moment, as if I was standing in the hall right outside his fourth floor classroom at this very moment. He is sitting at one of those large old wooden teacher's desks and he has that Cheshire Cat grin on his face as I enter the room one more time. I would physically like to be able to do that right now, but maybe someday in another part of my own journey, I will turn a corner and walk into another classroom, and I will see him waiting. Dave will be drumming his fingers on that old desk, indicating I'm late...again, as usual, and he will surely ask me 'if I have my excuse slip from THE Head Office...'

(I'm not really sorry about the length of this entry. Dave taught me volumes and I simply could not just say I was sorry and let it go. He meant so much more to me than those few words.)
Donnie Bowerman
September 29, 2011
I admired Mr. Dave Morton as a teacher, he always kept us laughing as well as learning. He was a great teacher and a great person. It was a pleasure to have been a student of his. Thelma New Jopanda
Thelma Jopanda
September 29, 2011
Dave was so kind to me during my recent
surgery and illness even tho he was going
thru such a terrible time himself.

My thoughts and prayers coontinue as
always for he and his family who meant
so much to him. He was one of a kind
and will be sorely missed.Janice Shane
September 29, 2011
Janice Frazee Shane
September 29, 2011
I had the pleasure of knowing Dave from kindergarten to the present. Our thoughts and prayers to the family

Doug & Dorothy Schuyler
September 29, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out for the entire family. Uncle Dave will truly be missed.
-David & Donna Gorman
David Gorman
September 29, 2011
Mr. Morton was one great teacher! I had the pleasure to be one of his students in 1969 and our friendship continued throughout the years. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Judy Stoddard
September 29, 2011
Our Deepest Sympathy

Bill & Sharon Niswonger, Three Forks, MT
September 29, 2011
To Mr. Morton's family, It is with heartfelt sorrow to hear of his passing and that he suffered with cancer. I was recently at my niece's wedding and saw a former classmate that I had in Mr. Morton's social studies class at Southwest High School. We spoke of Mr. Morton on September 24, 2011. Mr. Morton was one of my favorite teachers. His lectures were so memorable, and will last all of his former students a lifetime. You could hear him saying during his historical lectures or describing a historical event, then, break into, "and I ain't racin"; Rodney (a former student)sprang into action one day, and run on the tops of the desks. It shocked all of us, but you could hear Mr. Morton scolding Rodney, all the while laughing. In fact, all of us laughed so hard that it took awhile for all of us to settle down. Well, that was just one saying Mr. Morton would sound out. He had so many, that I, to this day still say. "Siiiii" I also have my parents saying the same thing. It was past down by Mr. Morton. I know he will be truly missed. As a former student of Southwest High I will cherish my memories of Mr. Morton. I know he will keep them rolling in Heaven with his silly phrases, and lectures. Continue announcing your radio introduction as you did in our classroom. I will always love you! Susan "Susie" Castro Gautreaux, Southwest High '79
Susie Castro Gautreaux
September 29, 2011
I had the privilege of growing up with Dave and his family and know what a great man he was and that he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy, Ryan, Katie and Jon. Please let our family know if their is anything we can do.
georgia leming
September 29, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and Dave's entire family. Dave was a true inspiration in my life and his memory will live on. Thanks for everything MR. MORTON!
Tom Loudis
September 29, 2011
Dear Kathy,

Dave, Mr. Morton was my teacher at Southwest High School and he was such a fantastic teacher. I really enjoyed his class because he kept us engaged, I learned from him and laughed a lot. Please know that I will keep you and the rest of the family in my prayers. I wish we were still at Holy Trinity and not so far away so we could go to the funeral. Take care,
Maureen Hornick
Maureen Hornick
September 29, 2011
He will be missed. My condolences.
Lou Waldman
September 29, 2011
One of the best teachers I ever had. My favorite "Mortonism" To a male student "what was your name before you were married? Many comforting thoughts to his family.
Cindy Dwigans
September 29, 2011
Praying for you Kathy and comforted that today, as you do everyday, you feel the loving arms of Jesus wrapped around you. Todd and I are praying for you and love you very much.
Todd McCarthy
September 29, 2011
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