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Donald  W. Morgan

Obituary for Donald W. Morgan

September 11, 1924 - December 3, 2014
Austin, Texas | Age 90


MORGAN, Donald W.

Donald William Morgan, Age 90, finished his life's journey on December 3, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Natalie Noble Morgan; daughter Lynette Morgan Dundee and her husband, Charles Dundee, granddaughters Laurel Ruth Dundee and Margaret Grace Dundee of Austin; daughter Michelle Morgan Mears, of Temple, and granddaughter Natalie Annette Mears of Troy; daughter Terese Morgan of Austin; and daughter Cecile Morgan and her husband Steven Wilder, of Austin. His brother, Conrad Clark Morgan of Kansas City, Missouri, predeceased him.

He was born in Dallas, Texas, September 11, 1924, to Donald Wylie Morgan and Ruth Dempster Morgan. The family moved to Paris, Texas in 1929. He graduated from Paris Junior College. His education was interrupted when he served in the U. S. Army 441st Counter Intelligence, General Headquarters, Far East Command, General Douglas MacArthur. He helped occupy Japan and lived in the British Zone in the south of Japan for a year.

He returned to the University of Texas and earned a degree in Government, graduating in 1948, and continued in Graduate Studies until 1950, planning to go into diplomatic service. In 1951 he married Natalie Noble, was employed by the Texas Highway Department and worked there for 35 years, retiring in August 1986.

He was raised in and served as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has been a member of St. David's Episcopal Church since 1976, sang in the choir for 15 years, and served as an usher.

He was active in the Sons of the American Revolution, Patrick Henry Chapter, Austin, Texas, serving as Registrar/Genealogist, Vice-President, and Officer of the Color Guard, He was also a member of the Fleur-de-Lis Chapter, Huguenot Society of Texas since 1994. He was interested in family histories and historical events all his life.

He and his wife, Natalie, developed an intense interest in early music on early instruments and were the founders of the Austin Chapter of the American Recorder Society in 1959, which he served as President for several terms. In addition to learning the recorder, he also taught himself to play the viola da gamba and studied lute with Marshall Johnson of England, who supplied him with detailed written lute lessons by mail.

He was a collector of books, antiques, musical instruments, and blacksmith tools, and was famous for being a "tale spinner." His knowledge concerning these collections was encyclopedic.

In 2004 he was awarded a "Friend of the Arts" membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, a national honorary music fraternity for women, of which his wife is a Patroness.

The family is grateful for our friends who stood by us through Don's long struggle with dementia and other physical challenges. We also thank the staff of Colonial Gardens, Don's home for his last six months, who gave him loving care and helped him and our family adjust to the bewildering changes he was experiencing.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 8th at St. David's Episcopal Church, Historic Church, 301 E. 8th Street. Graveside service will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church Music Endowment, 301 E. 8th St., Austin, Texas, 78701-3202.

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  • Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church Music Endowment, 301 E. 8th St., Austin, Texas, 78701-3202.

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