FARMINGTON, N.M. — Farmington, N.M. resident Kenneth Lee Morgan, 77, passed away Sept. 18, 2019.Kenneth Lee Morgan was born on Aug. 20, 1942 to Loyal Maxwell Morgan and Bernice Elaine Sheely in Monte Vista, Colo., where he grew up and learned the values of hard work on the Morgan family farm and construction company.
He was an avid musician, learning to play the piano when he was just 4 years old, and he continued to play throughout his life. He also regularly played the saxophone, clarinet and accordion. You could put any musical instrument in front of him and he could figure out how to play it. He looked forward to playing along with the Lawrence Welk T.V. Show every week.
Ken graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1960. He was a member of the wrestling team, track and band. He was very dedicated to everything he tackled. Ken married his high school sweetheart, Doris Ida Dean, on Aug. 21, 1960 in Monte Vista, where they started their family.
Ken was a jack of all trades, working on the family farm and various construction companies, running heavy equipment and welding. He moved the family to Casa Grande, Ariz. where he worked in a copper mine until the mine closed.
The family then moved to the Four Corners Area. He was employed by Arco Materials, which is now known as Four Corners Materials, where he worked in the crusher operations, as a shop mechanic and a truck driver for over 30 years. He did whatever he could to support his large, growing family.
He loved the beach, snorkeling and family vacations in Rocky Point, Mexico. Ken also loved to fly airplanes as his father did. He even got his private pilot’s license before he had his driver’s license.
He dedicated his life to Jehovah, was baptized in 1967, and was an active member of the Bloomfield-Aztec Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He lived his life as an example of Christian qualities; with humility, love, kindness, giving and sharing. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was always helping others. He often did things for others without them ever knowing.
Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris Morgan; and children, Kathy (Mike) Parkerson, Melody (Arthur) Lopez, Timothy Morgan, Terry (Michelle) Morgan, Melissa Lanese (Gordon) Russell and Jaleela Morgan, all from the Farmington, Bloomfield and Aztec areas; brothers, Robert Morgan and David Morgan of Alamosa. He also is survived by 13 grandchildren, Alicia (Randy) Rea, Dustin Parkerson, Ashley Morgan, Brittany (James) Murphy, Amanda and Tyrel Morgan, Mason and Brylee Russell, Karlie (Darius) Martinez, Lane and Megan Smith, Julian and Rayden Valencia; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dr. Loren Richard Morgan of Chico, Calif.; sister-in-law, Kathleen Morgan of Alamosa; three infant children, Dora Lee Morgan, Wayne Morgan and Debbie Morgan; and grandson Timothy Kirk (T.K.) Morgan.
Ken was well loved and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Aztec Senior Center at 101 S Park Ave. in Aztec at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are in care of Farmington Funeral Home.