Michael J. Morgan
Sept. 4, 1939-Dec. 18, 2014
TWIN FALLS • Michael “Mike” J. Morgan, 75, of Twin Falls, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Desano Place in Jerome with his wife, Lyn, by his side.
Mike was born on Sept. 4, 1939, in Burley, Idaho, the son of Wilford and Leora Morgan. He grew up and attended schools in Mountain Home, Idaho; graduating from Mountain Home High School in 1957. Mike earned his Eagle Scout award and was the first one in Mountain Home to obtain the highest award in Boy Scouts. He furthered his education at the University of Idaho. Following his education, Mike joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served his country proudly for more than 35 years, retiring as Sergeant Major.
Mike married in Boise and had two children, Michael and Lisa, then moved to Spokane, Wash. It was in Spokane that he met and married Lyn, the love of his life, in 1985. While in Spokane, Mike was very involved with the Optimist Club and was responsible for starting the Junior Rodeo. He became a Commodities Broker and that profession was what brought him and Lyn to Twin Falls, where he worked for Sinclair and Company. Mike was trying to convince Lyn that Twin Falls would be a great place to live, so he told her that they could ski in Sun Valley in the morning, play golf in Twin Falls in the afternoon and play craps in Jackpot, Nev., all in the same day.
After working for Sinclair and Co., Mike became an insurance agent and joined Lyn in her Morgan Insurance business to eventually become a very successful agent for senior citizens. Mike was also very active in the Twin Falls Rotary Club and served as President. Mike was very intelligent, confident, had a great sense of humor, a sensitive soul and a generous and caring heart.
Mike and Lyn loved to golf and ski so over their 29 years of marriage they took numerous vacations at golf and ski resorts all over the U.S. and Canada. One of their most special trips was at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, where they honeymooned and then later had their 20th anniversary. Another special trip was on their 10th anniversary and Lyn’s 50th birthday celebration at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, all put together by Lyn’s brother that lives in Michigan. Mike always loved to tell people that Mackinac Island had two distinctive odors, fudge and horses. But Mike’s all-time favorite vacation was playing Pebble Beach for his 65th birthdaycelebration.
Mike is survived by his wife, Lyn of Twin Falls; his children, Michael Morgan and Lisa Morgan, both living in Mississippi, as well as his stepsons, Shawn Calkins from Seattle and Shane Calkins from Spokane; and his brothers, Larry (Janet) Morgan from Lincoln City, Ore., and Bob Morgan from Concord, Calif. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Ascension Episcopal Church, 371 Eastland Drive in Twin Falls, with Pastor Deb Seles officiating. Military honors by the Magic Valley Honor Guard and the Army National Guard Honor Guard. Burial will follow at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Spokane at a later date. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls.
Memorials may be given in Mike’s name to Hospice Visions or the Disabled American Veterans. Contributions may be given to funeral chapel staff at the services or mailed to Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.