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Howard Tilton Morse III September 4, 1957 - January 6, 2024

Howard Tilton Morse III

September 4, 1957 – January 6, 2024

Howard Tilton Morse III of Meridian, ID, returned home to his Heavenly Father on the morning of January 6, 2024. His family formed a loving circle around him as he embarked upon his final adventure, a peaceful journey home. He was 66.

Howard was born on September 4, 1957, to Dr. Howard T. Morse, Jr. and Arlene Calvert-Hoppe in Los Angeles, CA. The oldest of three children, Howard grew up in California, where he graduated from Glendale Adventist Academy in 1976. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in physics and marketing from Pepperdine University in 1979.

Following graduation, Howard entered a career in the aerospace industry that lasted 39 years. He started in engineering with Rocketdyne / Rockwell International in 1980.  In 1982, he transitioned to Skunk Works and later Lockheed Martin in various program management and system integration consultant roles, and in 2000 moved to BAE Systems, Inc. where he served in senior management leadership positions directing large-scale systems integration projects, risk management, technical program planning, and EVMS certification. Howard was well respected in his field by his employers and various governmental agencies for his ingenious technical approaches to complex problem solving and ability to skillfully engage teammates to successfully achieve goals previously not attained. He co-taught proven concepts on collaborative approaches with stakeholders in the US Government at George Washington University.  He was honored with numerous achievement awards within the aerospace industry and retired in 2019.

Howard was always the adventurer. He was an avid snow skier, water skier, motorcyclist, skateboarder, hiker, archer, runner, car, gun, and spreadsheet enthusiast. Later in life, he took up mountain biking, road biking, and snowshoeing. He was also part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Explorer Program. He held aviation licenses for private and commercial helicopters, private fixed-wing aircraft, and was an advanced paragliding pilot.

Howard was a devoted husband and father. He married his sweetheart, Eileen Pritchard, on August 4, 1990, in Long Beach, California. Eileen was his compass and he hers, navigating life’s adventures hand in hand. Howard exemplified a rare combination of someone who had an intense passion for life and a firm understanding of what was important – the simplicity of living a life with those you love, his family.  Their bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.

Howard treasured his family. His eyes brightened whenever he talked about their boys, Howard IV and Timothy. Being a father was one of his greatest joys. He and Eileen raised their family mostly in California and for a few years in Virginia. As the boys matured, Howard deeply respected their ability to parent and spiritually lead their own families. They were often the topic of his conversation, with a generous amount of bragging rights. Howard and Eileen felt richly blessed by the daughters that came into their lives through their sons.

Howard’s faith served as a beacon, guiding his actions, and touching the lives of those around him. He and Eileen built cherished friendships through years of dedicated church service extending from serving in nursery to service on the board of directors of a graduated care facility and anywhere in between. His highest priority was his faith in God. Howard volunteered for various church organizations and was a contributing board member for Mission Generation. His service to others remains a legacy of love and reflects his profound sense of spiritual connection. Special thanks are extended to Calvary Chapel in California and Eagle Christian Church in Idaho for their ministry, care and service to Howard and his family.  In lieu of flowers, please visit the “Flowers Tab” for contributions towards Mission Generation.

Howard was a true nature enthusiast whose heartbeat was in sync with the rhythm of the wilderness. His love for the outdoors was infectious, inspiring countless adventures and fostering a bond with nature that was as deep as it was beautiful.  He cherished any opportunity for adventure, including an extreme pogo stick phase, hiking amongst the aspens (he always claimed they spoke to him), and jumping off a perfectly good cliff with a paraglider … much to his wife’s dismay.

Howard is survived by his loving wife, Eileen; children, Howard IV (Heidi) and Timothy (Michelle); grandchildren, Maximus and Grace; siblings, Pam Garvin and Adrienne Henderson, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends that will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents.

The Morse family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the exceptional care provided by Howard’s care team from Keystone Hospice.

If you would like to share a memory or express condolences, please visit the “Condolences Tab.”

One of Howard’s favorite verses was in Philippians 3:14 which states “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

A Celebration of Life for a life well lived will be held on:

 Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024

Time: 2pm

Location: Eagle Christian Church (Surprise Valley campus)

4601 South Surprise Way

Boise, Idaho 83716

 Reception: Will follow immediately after the service in the ECC Surprise Valley campus gymnasium.

 Please RSVP to Pam Garvin, call/text 951-833-8446 or email: pamgarvin60@gmail.com

 We look forward to sharing precious stories and memories.

Condolences(8)

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    Russell Taylor says

    What an amazing man and friend, Howard you will be miss dearly.
    2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, AMEN.

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    Robert and Tia says

    We miss you Howard. Your thoughtfulness, compassion and kindness was present in every interaction we had with you. We miss your ready smile and your hugs!
    Eileen and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please don’t hesitate to ask, if there is anything we can do for you, including before during or after the memorial/reception.

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    DUANE L OLSON says

    Howard will be missed by many; and especially those closest to him.
    May you find comfort in the memories he leaves with you in your heart.
    God bless.

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    Russell Hoxie says

    Howard was my next-door neighbor in Glendale, California when I was growing up. He was a terrific guy. I have said it before, and I will say it again, my family could not have asked for better neighbors than the Morse’s.

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    Greg and Kay Burris says

    We will miss you, brother. Thanks for our conversations, fellowship, and time together. We met the Morse’s on a train lunch car in Alaska. As it turned out, they both worked a couple of blocks from Greg’s work place in Rancho Bernardo . Howard invited us several times to Maranatha church in 4S Ranch, sharing his spiritual devotions and thoughts with us. We so appreciated Howard and Eileen’s open love of God.. Howard, thoughtfully, reached out to encourage me during some of my medical trials. We offer our prayers and support to Eileen and their families. May the God of Peace comfort you during your grief. We look forward to seeing Howard again in Heaven!!

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    John Paterson says

    I mountain biked with Howard many times and he was a pleasure to be with and was a great rider. He was a great friend and I wish his family well. Howard will be missed.

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    Barbara & Kevin James says

    Eileen and family – With sincere sympathy we’re saddened to hear of Howard’s passing – We’re proud to have known and worked with Howard and Eileen on the RSA program in Santa Maria CA – Howard’s life lives on in many memories! As we all remember Howard may we find comfort in the good times we’ve all shared – He will be truly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Eileen – Sending hugs – Barb & Kevin James

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    Susan Pritchard says

    The last I saw Howard was at the Moline Airport. Eileen, Howard and I were flying home. Eileen and Howard to Idaho. I to New Mexico. We had just spent time together celebrating Eileen’s dad’s, my Uncle Hugh’s, wonderful life on this earth. We relished the opportunity of a few more minutes together.

    The sun was particularly bright that day, shining through the large airport windows, hugging the backs of Howard and Eileen. Forming a halo over their heads. Both smiling. Chatting away. So happy. Eileen and Howard loving each other. It was a perfect moment. That is how I will always remember Howard.

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Howard was a devout friend and longtime supporter of Mission Generation and the National School Chaplain Association. His love for people and valuable advice made him a crucial member of the board of directors. During his tenure, international operations reached new milestones used to support the passage of landmark legislation in the U.S., bringing God, faith, and prayer back to public education. Because of Howard’s contributions, insight, and intuition, millions of parents, teachers, and students are ministered to daily.

In remembrance of Howard and in harmony with his heart’s desire, the family requests contributions be made to the National School Chaplain Association in lieu of flowers.

Donation Link: National School Chaplain Association (neoncrm.com)