Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Gene Delos Morris

  • 2-23-38 - 7-23-13
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  • 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.
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