Hal Morrison of Boise, formerly of Nampa died October 26, 2018 of natural causes.
Hal was born in Amarillo, Texas on May 30, 1924 to Harrell & Ruth Morrison. When he was 11 his family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Grand Junction High in May 1943 and entered the army the very next day. He served two years in Europe with the 336th Combat Engineer Battalion. He landed on Omaha Beach on D Day June 6, 1944. His unit was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead for the landing and four battle stars for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns.
The Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaf was also awarded to his unit by the French government for participation in the assault on Omaha Beach.
When he returned to the states he attended Mesa Jr College and leased a Texaco Service Station with his brother in law, Don Warner. On May 23, 1948 he married Aneta L. Sniff of Grand Junction. He & Aneta moved to Denver, where he attended Denver University and earned his BSBA degree. For the next four years Hal worked for Continental Oil Company. In 1955, he started working for Colorado Insurance Group in Boulder as the Underwriting Manager. In 1961 he accepted a position with Grange Mutual Life Insurance Company in Nampa (now United Heritage Life in Meridian). After 28 years as Underwriting Vice President he retired in 1989.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing golf, watching his grandchildren participate in sports, traveling and attending several reunions of his Army Combat Engineer Battalion. He loved family parties, and liked to show up for them sporting a funky toupee. He was always willing to take a whack at the piñata or a tum with the hula hoop. He was actively involved at various times with the Nampa Kiwanis Club, United Methodist Church and Habitat for Humanity. Dad was a generous person, donating to many causes. He always made sure everyone felt appreciated and cared for.
Dad was preceded in death by his wife Aneta and his sister Mary Anne Warner. He is survived by three daughters, Linda (Joe) Rasmusen and grandson Ian Rasmusen of Boise, Janet Morrison (Jeff Kem) of Eugene Oregon & Tina (Greg) Blood & grandchildren, Rachel Blood Azzarito (Jason) and Alex Blood all of Boise. He is also survived by his good friend, Bart Allcott.
Our family would like to express our gratitude to Hal's caregivers at Willow Park and to Amy, Jen and Jenny of First Choice Hospice.
At his request no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa or a favorite charity.