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William Morrell

William Reed Morrell

Thursday, May 3rd, 1945 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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William Reed Morrell passed away peacefully at home in Provo, Utah, on August 23, 2020, surrounded by his family, due to complications of Lewy Body Dementia. He was born in Salina, Utah, on May 3, 1945, to William Elwood Morrell and Ora Willa Coleman Morrell.

He was raised on a farm in Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah. He loved life on the farm with his older sister and three younger brothers. He is survived by all four siblings: Elvon (Paul) Jacobs, Mack (Marie) Morrell, Dean (Miriam) Morrell, and Gordon (Connie) Morrell. Wayne county was a cherished home with numerous extended family, as all eight of his great-grandparents settled there.

He loved sports, especially basketball, baseball, and tennis. As a boy he would pay his younger brothers to play ball with him. He shared his love of sports with his children and grandchildren and he took time to play ball and attend sporting events with them.

After graduating from Wayne High School, he accepted an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he graduated in 1967. After graduation he served an abbreviated mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York Cumorah Mission. He continued to be a missionary throughout his life. He married his sweetheart and eternal companion, Pamella Susanne Capener, on December 8, 1967, in the Logan Utah Temple.

He proudly served his country as an Army officer in Thailand, Germany, and Texas. The family moved to Provo, Utah, in 1974, where he and Pam have lived since. He served in the 96th ARCOM Reserve Unit at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of military service.

He received a Masters of Education Counseling and Guidance with a minor in Ancient Scripture and a Masters in Statistics from Brigham Young University. He worked at Church headquarters for 27 years as a statistician.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he enjoyed serving in various callings. He loved participating in family history work, attending and working at the temple, and taking his grandchildren to the temple grounds.

He loved studying the scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon. He always carried his scriptures, along with a clip board and a pen for taking notes. His grandchildren looked forward to their "Book of Mormon moment" with grandpa.

He enjoyed traveling and taking his family on road trips. Some favorites were: Bicknell to visit his parents, California to go to Disneyland, Washington DC to visit historical sites, and New York to show his children where he attended school at West Point.

He was a kind and humble man. He had charity and love for all and would minister to all. He was no respecter of persons and reached out to those in need.

The joy of Reed's life was his family. He and Pam are the parents of six children: Faith Ann Morrell, Lora Joy (Micah) Monson, Mary Grace (John) South, Megan Hope (Tim) Brunson, William Micah (Alisha) Morrell, and Desiree Dean (Ben) Jolley. They have 22 grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August, 29, 2020, at 10:00 am at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N University Ave, Provo, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service at 9:00 am. Interment will be at the Garland Cemetery, following the funeral.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 9:00am - 9:45am
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 10:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 1:30pm
    Garland Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Garland, Utah 84312
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Joshua Morrell

Posted at 12:25pm
Uncle Reed was a giver... And I hope this tree gives life as he did.
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Josh Morrell

Posted at 12:22pm
I have fond memories of Uncle Reed. He was always friendly and kind towards me when I was younger. I always felt at home in his and Aunt Pam's home when I visited during various family activities. Later in life, he would contact me during the holidays and see when I was traveling to Bicknell. We would meet in Utah County so he could give me items to deliver on his behalf. He was always thoughtful.He enjoyed family get-togethers.

I am saddened that current circumstances do not allow us all to mourn together. I will be watching the services online, and send my condolences to you all, from afar.

Josh Morrell (nephew)

Gilbert J Sorensen

Posted at 11:47am
Will always have fond memories of Reed as my partner in our high school activities. Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Debate, UN, Bookkeeping and many classes we had together. Sympathy to the family as all will miss Reed very much.
With love,
Gilbert and Deanna Sorensen

Michael Morris

Posted at 05:44pm
I remember read Morel as being a very consistent and friendly home teacher. My parents could always depend on Brother morale. Michael Morris

Marsha Lynn Chappell

Posted at 05:29pm
Will certainly miss this cousin with his goofy smile and his ability to find ancestors everyone else had missed in research. Hugs and prayers for the family. As kids we all played together

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