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Samuel David Morrison passed away at his home September 7, 2022 at the age of 82. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and passed away from related complications.
He was born August 29, 1940 in Nampa, Idaho to Theordore Eugene Morrison and Helen Mildred Fike. His family wasn’t especially active in the church, but Sam was encouraged by church leaders in Nampa to become active and serve a mission. He served in Brazil where he learned to love the country, the people, the culture, and the language. After his mission he went to BYU where he met Marilyn on her first day in Provo before she started school. She and her roommates were hired by the landlord to dye the carpet in Sam’s apartment. This led to a courtship and a happy marriage of 57 years. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1965. Sam graduated from BYU with a BA in Portuguese. He became fluent in the language, which he used throughout his life to connect with and serve the Brazilian people. He started his career working at BYU for the Placement Center and Personnel Services. He later changed jobs to work at career services at the University of Utah for 30 years, where he became the director. Sam loved both BYU and the University of Utah, but often rooted for BYU when the two teams played.
Sam retired early from the University of Utah when he was called to serve as the mission president of the Brazil Curitiba Mission. He was set apart by Elder Russell M Nelson who is now the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was loved by the Brazilian people in the area and by his missionaries. He kept in contact with his missionaries with frequent phone calls, visits, and reunions. After serving as mission president Sam and Marilyn were able to return to Curitiba to attend the temple dedication. He enjoyed being able to have a mission reunion with his Brazilian missionaries during that trip.
Sam served in the church in many capacities including as a bishop of a University of Utah singles ward, bishop of his home ward, stake executive secretary, high councilor, and temple worker at the Draper Temple. He spent much of his later life serving in the temple and doing family history work. He felt a connection with both his and his wife’s ancestors as he researched them and did their temple work. He was surely greeted by many of them on the other side when he passed.
Sam and Marilyn had four children, Kim, Brent, Debbie, and Ryan. They were raised well by their parents and all graduated from the University of Utah while Sam worked there. Sam loved to take the family on vacations and often brought them with him on his work trips. He was a leader in his industry. He enjoyed competing in tennis competitions during the national conferences. He often drove his family to Portland, Oregon to see Marilyn’s family. Sam loved the beauty of Oregon and took note of the special flowers and plants that flourished there. He enjoyed time with Marilyn’s brother Gary who always invited him to play golf when he visited. Sam and his family continued their yearly visits to the Oregon coast with many of his children and grandchildren.
Maintaining close relations with his family was always a priority and joy for Sam. Even until the end of his life he loved to have all of the extended family over for family dinners. He especially loved to take trips to Disneyland and Disneyworld with his family. He said he loved the laughter and seeing the happiness it brought to his grandchildren. He was mindful of others around him and was always looking for ways to help through service, advice, and prayer.
Sam is survived by his wife Marilyn, children Brent (Linda), Debbie (Todd), and Ryan (MJ), brother Ray (Barbara), his sister Kathleen, and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly Allen and his brother Ted Morrison. Kimberly’s husband Scot is remarried to Sherry. They and their children continue to be a close and important part of the family.
A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Garden Mortuary, located at 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, UT 84092, on Sunday, September 11 6:00-8:00 pm. His funeral services will be held at the LDS church located at 8485 S 1000 E, Sandy, UT 84094. A viewing will be held at the church from 10:30-11:30 am. The funeral will be at noon.
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Deepest sympathy to Sam’s family. I had the pleasure of serving with Brother Morrison at the Draper Temple.
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sam will certainly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Neldon and Della Rae
Presidente Morrison, com exceção de meus pais, foi o homem que mais me influenciou na terra.
Me ajudou a ser uma pessoa melhor e foi onde eu vi mais se concentrar atributos de Cristo em uma única pessoa.
I was particularly blessed to have several touching conversations with him over the last month of his life. He shared some very tender mercies he had experienced, as the Lord helped him prepare for this chapter of his life. He faithfully served in the temple, both as a patron and as an ordinance worker. Often during this service, he was blessed with promptings which he faithfully acted upon. We miss having him serve with us at the Draper Temple. He undoubtedly will now meet the many ancestors for whom he researched their names and did their ordinance work.
Querida família Morrison rogo a Deus que abençoe vcs neste momento tão difícil,quero expressar minha gratidão por ter tido um pai na missão porque era isso que ele é pra nós 💔😢 gratidão por tudo que ele e a Sister Morrison fez nunca me esquece de seus conselhos e amor que demostrava em cada momento que estavamos juntos.essa dor não é só de vcs mas nossa também 💔😢💔meus sinceros sentimentos 😞
Que doce de pessoa foi o Pres. Samuel Morrison até em seu jeito de falar, que mansidão.
Desejo que o pai celestial console toda sua família, e que todos nós nos preparemos para encontrá-lo logo além na eternidade.
Um abraço a familia Morrison.
Presidente e Sister Morrison, obrigado por todo carinho e amor e por tudo que fizeram por mim. Com muito Amor.
Maio de 2001 a maio de 2003
Com muito pesar fiquei sabendo do falecimento do meu querido Presidente de missão! Grande exemplo que tive em minha vida, grande homem, que o senhor o receba , que a ffamilia esteja confortada. Grande abraço a todos.
Sempre, Elder R. Rocha.
My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. A blessing and gift to have known this man and his dear wife, president and sister Morrison……only have sweet and spiritual memories, leader, friend, always attentive to details and focused on us to achieve maximum growth as missionaries, men and servants of God. Even gave me insights to Bussiness! Recall to this day our last interview and revelation God gave me him as his witness. Blessed to have known you, for the opportunity my family had to visit and have dinner in Sandy and out last phone conversation and video conference with mission group. Love you! Thank you for being an inspiration and example. Celestial to me!!! Love both and will always have in my heart.
Marilyn and family- Sending our love and prayers for you at this tender time.
Sam is the most amazing person! Over the years he was always so kind to me and my family! He generously helped me in my job search years ago which I will always appreciate. You and Sam were such wonderful influences on my children as you taught them and helped them prepare to serve full-time missions for the Church. He always asked how we were doing and took time to listen. I loved watching you as a couple and how you weathered the storms in life so gracefully and served so faithfully in whatever you were asked to do. Please know how much we love you both. It is truly a privilege to know you and to know Sam. Our hearts go out to you at this time. We love you and pray for peace, comfort and anything else you are in need of. With all my love, Melody Stauffer
Marilyn and family,
We send our condolences. May you find peace.
Dear Marilyn, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband, Sam. As you may remember, I worked with Sam for decades at the U of U Career Services. He always had a vision for a better future for our office, and under his direction, we had the best and latest technology. Sam was very important to my personal work life: In the 1970s, it was unusual for females to jump from Executive Secretary to a "counselor" salaried position at the U. But Sam made sure that I was promoted as the new Education Counselor (knowing I had an M.A. and experience as a schoolteacher). I will never forget his cheerful and wonderful support and kindness to me. Love, Susan
É com muita tristeza que eu recebo à noticia de sua partida. Muito obrigado pelos ensinamentos do senhor e o amor em ajudar às pessoas sendo eu uma delas. Que Deus abençoe essa nova jornada que o senhor irá trilhar.
Kleber Pinto Silveira
Missionario 2001 à 2002
I send my love condolences to your family at this tender time. Sam was one of the older brother figures who entered my young life when our parents served in Brazil. He was was endlessly kind throughout my life. I know our parents, Elder And Sister Bangerter adored and depended on him. He was for many years the "glue" who held the missionary group together. Please know of our love and support.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I Love President Morrison! And I love you Sister Morrison!!! I love that I got to see you both after the mission on several occasions. You’re example to me and will forever be in my heart!
-With love, Sister Wideman
I offer my condolences to this wonderful man who has done so much for his family, for the Church and for the missionaries of the Brasil Curitiba mission in which I had the privilege of serving and being guided by dear President Morrison.
With his kind smile that lit up the places he entered and with his impeccable Portuguese he made us feel the love of Christ as His true representative.
My love and comfort to the entire Morrison family.
"Descanse em paz querido presidente".
Elder L. Moreira (Leandro)
Nunca vi tanta bondade e dedicação em uma pessoa, como em nosso presidente morrison.
My sincere condolences to you Sister Morrison and all family members, that the Lord confort and strength you all.
(former) Elder Ferreira
It's unbelievable that our beloved president had passed away, please receive my sincere condolences Morrison's family may God comfort your hearts with great surety that some day we will be gettered together in your heavenly father's mansion I will pray for sister Morrison and her family. We love you so much and we know that our joyful president are in a good place now.
Dear Marilyn, thank you for giving me an opportunity to watch Samuael's funeral program. It was touching and I learned so many things about Sam that I didn't know before. He truly was a special person. Don was in the ICU and I felt the urge to be with him while you were suffering with Sam's death. I am suffering to keep Don alive. I hope you feel the Lord's comfort and will have the help of your family around you. Love Donna Bradshaw
Dear Marilyn and Family,
So sorry to hear about Sam's passing. Unfortunately we were out of town at the time and didn't hear about it until after his funeral. Please accept our sincerest condolences. I had many professional associations with Sam, and most recently served with him in the Draper Temple. He will be sorely missed.
Dave and Barb Hilbig