Patrick Melville Morris March 25, 2010

Patrick Melville Morris, son of Thomas A. Morris and Lennie Florence Hayden Morris, was a native of Montana, born on February 28, 1938 in Hamilton Montana and subsequently moving to Great Falls, Montana where he spent most of his young life. Patrick died on March 25, 2010 after succumbing to a four year decline as a result of a rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s disease. Patrick is survived by his mother, Lennie Morris of Great Falls, Montana; wife, Constance Atwell of Pinehurst, North Carolina; daughters Sarah Martinez of Seattle, Jennifer Evans of Salt Lake City, and Samantha; one brother, Anthony Glenn Morris and one sister, Diane Morris. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Anthony Morris. A small family memorial service was held in Florence, Montana, where some of his ashes joined those of six generations of his ancestors. A memorial service in Pinehurst, North Carolina was held shortly after Easter to celebrate the life of this much loved and admired man.

Pat’s early years were spent in the Bitterroot Valley until the family’s move to Great falls in 1951 where he graduated from Great Falls High School in 1956. There he earned two Heisey award scholarships and a full scholarship to Dartmouth. While at Dartmouth he began playing tournament bridge which became one of many life-long interests. Pat’s career reflected his broad and varied interests and included teaching ( in this country, Japan, and Iran), contract work for the Air Force, and an executive position with the U.S. Forest Service. Throughout his adult life he honed his bridge skills and passed on this passion to the students on his bridge teams, many of whom have gone on to play tournament bridge following the example and inspiration of their teacher.

After Dartmouth Pat returned to Montana where he earned a BA in history from Montana Sate, a Masters in history from the University of Montana, and later an MBA from Auburn University. While lecturing at the University of Montana Pat met Suzanne Pennypacker whom he married on July 20, 1968. Of this union three daughters were born: Sarah, Jennifer, and Samantha, and though the marriage was dissolved, Pat remained a close, loving and attentive father to his three girls. He later married Constance Atwell, PhD who brought two more daughters into Pat’s life – Cathy and Cindy. Pat became a grandfather eight times over, but sadly by the time he became a grandfather he was already being ravaged by the Alzheimer’s disease and the grandchildren were never able to enjoy and benefit fully from their grandfather’s wide-ranging interests, wit, and love.