Thomas James MorrisonThomas James Morrison died Nov. 27, 2012, in Plano, Texas.
Tom was born February 14, 1930, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Clinton J. and Ruth V. (Henderson) Morrison. He died Nov. 27, 2012, in Plano, Texas. He spent his younger years in Arizona but lived most of his adult life in California. He served in the Navy from 1947-50.
He and his wife Karen moved from California to Bonham, Texas in 2008 where he resided at the time of his death. A viewing and memorial was held in Bonham after which he was cremated.
Tom enjoyed growing roses, having barbecues and swim parties, playing Scrabble with his wife Karen, houseboat and camping trips with his family on Lake Mohave, where he also spent many happy weekends fishing with his two brothers. He enjoyed playing the slot machines, watching TV, and playing his electronic solitaire game. He and Karen spent many evenings playing Sequence and Farkle with friends Ron and Ruthie, and he and neighbor Gordy spent hours solving the worlds’ problems and “talking over the situation.” He enjoyed vacations to visit his children and grandchildren and was happy when they could come to see him. He loved homemade apple pie, city band concerts and Friday night fish at Dixie. Tom also enjoyed building models and many of his planes are on display at air museums in California and Arizona. He also built ships and cars, many of his models were given to his family and friends. He loved watching the Blue Angels fly and was given a personalized autograph of them in the 1990s. He could identify most planes by their sound, even if he couldn’t see them.
After Tom retired from the metal finishing business in 1995, he and his wife Karen spent their summers in Two Harbors. He loved Two Harbors and Lake Superior and fished every day the lake would allow it. On his boat, “The Other Woman,” he caught his share of big ones but his prize catch was a 26-pound lake trout caught during a fishing trip to Isle Royale. He smoked some of the fish he caught, which everyone enjoyed.
He is survived by Karen, his wife of almost 37 years; two brothers, Frank and Ralph; three half-brothers, Ed, Bob, and Dan Alexander; and his Aunt Polly. He was father to four; Dawna Andrew, Cindy Morrison, Rachelle Black, and Thomas James II. He was Dad to eight; Julie Martin, Laurel Magnuson, Cindy Calande, Sharri Douglas, Patti Schweizer, Barbara Kivisto, Michelle Rios and Michael Holbeck, and had twenty-seven grandchildren, thirty-five great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jeff, his sister Martha, and his half-brother Don.
I met Tom in October 1974 and we married in January 1976. I don’t know why fate brought us together, but I am so very thankful to have had him in my life for 38 years. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and is missed by all who knew and loved him.