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.