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Dellis I. Morrill

August 26, 1926 — June 3, 2016

Dellis I. Morrill

Dellis I. Morrill August 26, 1926 - June 3, 20166 Dellis Ivan Morrill, age 89, of Vernal, returned to his heavenly home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Central Utah Veteran's Home, Payson, UT, where his flag-draped body was respectfully escorted out to TAPS. He received such loving, respectful care there for over a year. We, his family, wish to thank the kind nurses and attendants for their genuine love and tender care. They always commented on his beautiful blue eyes and happy grin, especially when he was given a banana. He was born to Ivan and Wanda Lamoreaux Morrill on Aug. 26, 1926 in Tridell, Utah, the oldest of 6 children, where he happily grew up around many cousins, aunts and uncles. He helped his father raise bees, Morrill Honey Co. and enjoyed the honey business very much. In Feb. of his senior year in high school,1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, WWII, Pacific Theater Operation. He had to leave even before he graduated. His mother proudly and tearfully received his diploma in his stead at the graduation ceremony. Soon after his safe return in 1946, he met a sweet young lady named Doris Preece at an LDS Mutual dance. As they were courting, he attended BYU in Provo, UT, studying accounting. Being separated was difficult so they wrote to each other every other day. They were married Nov. 18, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity. Their separation is no longer difficult but a sweet, long-awaited reunion. They served an LDS mission together in Australia, as companions. They adopted their newborn daughter, Diane, in May of 1961, then newborn son, Darin, in July of 1966. Their family was now complete. He continued his beekeeping until 1957 when he began work for Vernal City thru 1987, from which he retired with much appreciation for his untiring efforts, loyalty, friendship and performance. He enjoyed volunteering on the Uintah Co.Search and Rescue team, where he developed many lifelong friendships and memories. He also was a member of the Lion's Club and other service organizations in Vernal. He was always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile on his face, never an unkind word said about anyone. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gold prospecting and fur trapping. He taught his granddaughters, Darcy, Daisha and Danielle, the joys of fishing, which they continue to enjoy to this day. He loveded woodturning and creating beautiful vases, bowls and pens which he would generously share with others. After his wife Doris passed away, he married Helen Reese Millecam Sept. 18, 1999 in the Vernal LDS temple, where she became his loving companion for the remainder of his life. We wish to thank her for her many years of patient caregiving and love, not only to him but to his entire family. She has been a saint. We love you, mom. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Deloy and Elvin and his eternal companion Doris. He is survived by his sweet wife, Helen, and children Diane (Scott) Meek of Pleasant Grove, UT, and Darin Morrill of Craig, CO, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vernal Utah Stake Center (475 W. 100 S.) next to the temple. A viewing for friends and family will be held Sunday, June 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, as well as 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Rockpoint Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion and Utah National Guard. If you prefer, in lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. in memory of Dellis Morrill. www. blackburnvernalmortuary.com
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