2-23-38 - 7-23-13

Gene Morris died on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at his home in Bakersfield. In
recent years he was plagued by serious health issues but did not let them
deter his positive outlook on life. Gene was born in Pawhuska, OK in 1938
and came to California with his family during WWII. He was the beloved
only child of Lowell and Alta Morris, who predeceased him in 1977 and
2010. After the war, the family settled in Taft, where Gene immersed himself
in the hot rod culture and was a member of theTopper Club. He graduated
from Taft UHS in 1955 and attended El Camino College, Canada College and
San Jose State University. Gene worked in the Aerospace and Defense
industries as a reliability engineer for Dalmo Victor and General
Semiconductor. As a loving son, he was a care giver for his mother in his
later years. He was a loving father to his son, Michael Morris, his daughter,
Shannon Banks and proud grandpa of Bryan and Daniel Banks. He had the
rare ability to remain good friends with most of his ex-loves. He had a
multitude of loving cousins from both the Morris and Gallager families,
whom he kept in close contact with over the years. He was known for his zest
for life, playful sense of humor and intellect. Gene had a passion for cars,
beautiful women, music and his pets, not necessarily in that order. An avid
movie enthusiast, Gene loved attending the Friday night foreign film series at
the Fox Theater in Bakersfield (FLICS). He was a life-long learner who loved
to read and enjoyed keeping up with world news and politics. At his request,
no service will be held, instead, a celebration of his life will be held at his
home on August 24 at 2:00 pm. Please contact his daughter Shannon if you
are interested in attending (sdbanks55@hotmail.com). He will be interred at
West Side Cemetery in Taft. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene's name
may be made to the Fox Theater Foundation at 661-636-0918,
www.foxtheateronline.com/donate or an animal shelter of your choice.