George Morrison was a wonderful father and friend who lived life well and gave generously to others with his talent and his treasure. He passed away at the age of 85 on Dec. 3 after a run with prostate cancer.
Born in Kingman, Ariz., Dec. 17, 1926, George’s family soon moved to a farm in Welch, Okla. At 17 years old, he and his mother and sisters relocated to Woody Creek, Colo., where he was soon drafted into the army.
His sisters introduced him to Bernice Vagneur (deceased); they married for a partnership of 59 years. George and his bride lived in Basalt, where they started their family and soon moved to Glenwood Springs.
He was a sportsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping and death-defying antics while flying airplanes. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kiwanis (past president), Lyons Club, Colorado Concrete Association (past president), and should have had frequent flyer miles at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club (founder and board member).
He loved volunteering and through the years he had been an ambulance driver, a driver for Meals on Wheels and a bell ringer for the Salvation Army (Lyons Club).
George owned and operated businesses in Glenwood, including Port-O-Mix Concrete, WM Equipment (Denver), Dotsero Block and Dotsero Mobile Home Park Block. Through these businesses, his companies were fundamental in helping create many icons of the Roaring Fork, Aspen and Vail valleys: The Hot Springs pool, Valley View hospital (a founder), Vail Ski Corporation, Aspen valley, Eagle/Gypsum area, Silt/Rifle area and Summit Ski area.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Englewood at 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at First Universalist Church; 4101 East Hampden Ave., Denver, CO 80222. On the Western Slope, there will be a meeting in Glenwood Springs at 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. Receptions will be held immediately after services.
George is survived by his sister, Wanda Safe (Bob); daughters Grace Love (Kurt), Carol Morrison, Diane McMahan (David); and son Brett Morrison.
Grandchildren include Nyssa Sutton (Sean), Veronica Love, Alexis Love, Myles McMahan, Tavis McMahan, Kristina McMahan, and Olin Morrison. His great-grandchild is Asher Sutton.
His cousins, Loy Morrison and his sister, Judy Messenger, reside in Oklahoma. His nephews and nieces include Tony Vagneur, Kathy Henderson, Vickie Iseri, William Goodhard, Kristy Goodhard, Michelle Goodhard, Bobbie Kinney, Mary Harutun, Donald Newbury, Sue Kentz, Robert and Warren Safe.
Arrangements were made through Bullock Mortuary.
Donations to the Salvation Army would be appreciated in his name in lieu of flowers (donate.salvationarmyusa.org/). Have a terrific day of golf in his honor.
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