Stanley M. Morrison

Aug. 4, 1932 - Feb. 2, 2020

Stanley “Stan” Maurice Morrison, 87, of Union, died Feb. 2 in Boise, Idaho, from complications of diabetes. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Known as Stan, he was born Aug. 4, 1932, at Hot Lake, to Nele Ivan and Viola Mary (Crandall) Morrison. Stan was raised in Union, where he attended elementary and graduating high school. He was an athlete in high school, playing football and basketball. After graduation, Stan entered the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War.

After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1953, Stan met and married Rosalie A. Scott in Elgin. He went to electronic school in Portland to learn how to repair television sets. After graduation, he and Rosalie moved back to La Grande and opened a TV repair shop called Stan’s TV. Their only child, a daughter, was born in 1957.

Stan eventually sold the TV business and bought a backhoe and dump truck, and he and Rosalie started S & R Morrison Excavating. Stan and Keith Ramsay started and later sold M & R Insulation. Stan continued his business in La Grande until about 1974, at which time he and Rosalie divorced, and he moved his business to the Bend area, where he worked until his retirement.

Stan loved rodeo. He was a calf roper and steer wrestler, and later in life he enjoyed team roping and team penning and won several belt buckles. Stan was a member of the La Grande Maverick Riding Club and was instrumental in starting the Blue Mt. Rodeo. He served as arena director for a number of years for the rodeo.

Stan also loved to hunt, fish and play golf. He spent winters in Welton, Arizona, where he enjoyed the warm weather and golfing. Several years ago, Stan met Luane Conway, and they lived together in Weiser, Idaho. They loved to travel and spend the winters in Arizona.

Survivors include Luane Conway of Weiser, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Sam Baker of Union; two granddaughters and three great-grandsons; and two nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nele and Viola, and sister, Laura Maxine Shirey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association-Oregon, 4380 SW Macadam Ave., #210, Portland 97239, or the La Grande Mavericks Riding Club, 3608 N. Second St., La Grande 97850.

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