David Bailey Morrison, JR

04/26/1931 — 05/23/2011

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Brooklyn, New York

David Bailey Morrison, JR

David Bailey Morrison Jr. passed away on May 23, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1931, he was the only son of David and Jeanne Morrison. In 1950, courtesy of the Army, Dave relocated to the Hanford area where he met the love of his life, Virginia. They were married on December 26, 1952 and were blessed with three daughters during their 56 years of marriage. After 40 years as a Hanford reactor/chemical operator, he retired in 1993. Dave was dedicated to providing for his family and for many years he held a second job at the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Dave worked hard throughout his life and took pride in all he did. In 1962, Dave and Virginia moved into their custom built home in Kennewick. He meticulously cared for the yard and continually worked on perfecting their home. He was always there to help his family, friends and neighbors. Dave was not one to sit idle – there was always something to do. He volunteered at Meals on Wheels for the past several years and regularly helped elderly seniors with yard work and errands.

Dave and Virginia created numerous memories; boating on the Columbia River, water/snow skiing, family gatherings, and annual vacations. During their retirement years, they took many trips across the country in their RV. Additional to memorable family vacations was their annual camping trip to Priest Lake, Idaho. Holidays, birthdays and other celebrations were always spent with loved ones. His family takes comfort in the knowledge that he has happily reunited with his loving wife Virginia who passed away in 2009.

David is survived by his sister, Audrey Howell Bill, sister-in-law Dicksy Creek Ken; daughters: Diane Bartlett Jack, Julie Nelson Walt, Laura Dorland Kelly. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Heather Ferritto Jeff, Jay Bartlett Christy, Matthew Bartlett, Zachary Nelson Amanda, Alexandre Nelson, Edison Dorland and Kailee Dorland and six great-grandchildren MaKaylah, Alex and Joss Ferritto; Michelle, Whitley and Tyler Bartlett. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland, WA. A reception is to follow the graveside service at Memories at Sunset Event Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his honor to Meals on Wheels.

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  • I have many memories of Dave, his principles, & caring sincere nature have forever changed me. I will never forget his smile, or the care he showed to me just because I was there to listen. I vow to visit his grave often, and place flowers, just as he would have wanted. my sincerest condolences to Dave’s family in this time of loss.

    brandon
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sorry for the passing of your father. I have many fond childhood memories, that I thank him for. David has always been a considerate and giving person, too me and his family. He will be deeply missed. Love you brother, Audrey & Bill

    Audrey M. Howell
    November 4, 2014
    Florida, NY, US
  • So sorry to hear of Daves passing. Dave was a wonderful caring man. He was great to work with and will always have fond memories of him.

    Fay & Mary Boyd
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Oh, David, Marvin and I will really miss you, as you have been such a good friend and neighbour all these years. Virginia was a good friend, also, and it comforts us to know that you will be joining her, as you so longed to do. Your frequent visits to us were so welcome and enjoyable and we will remember them for a long time.

    Marvin & Margaret Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I met Dave at Hanford for the time I Worked at 234-5 in 1979 as an Operator and Dave also knew my father who worked at the site. I am blessed too of known Dave and so sorry for you all and your loss. He touched many lives.

    Betty Fraley
    November 4, 2014
    Anchorage, AK, US
  • I was greatly shocked to learn of Dave’s passing.It’s just hard to believe. Dave and I met at kadllec’s cafeteria. We had several meals together and sometime talked for over an hour. We had mutual interests since I lost my wife of 52 years about a year before Dave lost his wife. We talked about going out for a meal together. I called him to set a time,however,he said he was going to have knee surgery but would call me when he was able to go. I was waiting for his call. You can imagine my shock when I saw his obituary in the paper. I would like to talk to one of his daughters. Please call 946-0446.

    James E. Coleman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was my pleasure to know and work with David. As the new Site Manager for Meals On Wheels in Richland, I could always count on him to be there every Monday to deliver the meals to our home bound folks. I will truly miss his smiling face and caring words. Sincerely, Michele Suazo

    Michele
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US