Ted E. Morgan, 80, went to be with the Lord on February 17, 2020, in Nampa, Idaho. A celebration of Ted's life will be held on Saturday, February 29th at 1:30pm at Genesis (Sunnyridge Manor), 2609 Sunnybrook Drive in Nampa. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. – Nampa -208-442-8171. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Ted was born to Estella and Morris Morgan on July 18, 1939, in Tillamook, Oregon. His mother enjoyed telling him that she could see the smoke of the Tillamook fires during his childbirth. After spending his childhood living on the Oregon coast, the family moved inland to Eugene where Ted graduated from Willamette High School in 1957. Shortly thereafter, Ted met the love of his life, Barbara Parker. On June 11, 1960, Ted and Barbara were the first couple married in the newly constructed Fairfield Church of the Nazarene in Eugene. The upcoming years saw them welcome sons Jonathan and Mark. Ted wore many hats during his working years, from traffic engineer to construction to facilities manager to locksmith. His experience as traffic engineer and in Morgan & Parker Construction led the family to move to Nampa in 1983 where Ted was the foreman overseeing the remodel of the old Longbranch Saloon followed by a job at Northwest Nazarene College. Eventually Ted retired after working for Canyon County. His favorite jobs were as husband, dad, grandpa, brother, cousin and friend. Woodworking was one of Ted's many talents. His skill in building cedar strip canoes led him to host a group of church members in building their own canoes. He enjoyed woodworking but he especially enjoyed building projects for his family. Ted's children and grandchildren are all blessed with his creations, from beds to dollhouses to small airplanes. Ted's mother introduced him to music at a young age. His main instrument was the tuba. After playing the tuba in school, he also enjoyed playing Christmas music with a brass ensemble in downtown Eugene. Ted spent many years as the music director at Springfield First Church of the Nazarene and he also helped the music groups of other churches he attended. Ted was also a sportsman. While he enjoyed fishing and hunting, he also had a great respect for the outdoors. That respect was passed on not only to his sons and grandchildren, it was also passed onto many young people during his years of teaching hunter education. After retiring, Ted and Barbara adopted a cocker spaniel named Sophie. When Barbara moved into Genesis, Sophie became Ted's companion. He would take Sophie to visit Barbara and Sophie became entertainment for both the residents and employees of Genesis. With Ted's passing, it's clear that Sophie misses her best friend. As Ted's grandsons began attending school, he became the go to person for shuttling them to and from school to events. It was the highlight of his day. He enjoyed telling others his stories from his interaction with his grandsons. His favorite was when they would get out of the car and say " I love you Grandpa!"
Ted had two true loves: The Lord and his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Jonathan (Amy) and Mark; sister Florence; brothers Milton and Chuck; granddaughters Devhan (Luis), Allyson (David) and Whitney (Andrew); grandsons Jonathan Kelly and Jadon; many nieces, nephews and cousins. His first great granddaughter is due in April. He was preceded in death by his parents, Estella and Morris.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Boys Scouts Troup 112, at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. So., Nampa Idaho 83651.
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