William Earl MorrisFebruary 13, 1936 ~ October 3, 2017 (age 81)
William (Bill) Earl Morris, age 81, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital with his family at his side on October 3, 2017, after a short but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Bill was born on February 13, 1936, in Boise, Idaho, to Irene and John Earl Morris and was the first of two children.
Admittedly, Bill was a workaholic, and exhibited that trait early on in his childhood; establishing his lemonade stands, delivering newspapers for the Idaho Daily Statesman, and working for the Splendid Bakery during his high school years. After graduating from Boise High School in 1954, Bill attended Boise Junior College. He joined the Army National Guard, graduated from OCS, and ultimately retired from the Guard in 1975 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He earned his CPA certificate in 1969. He worked for Rife, Wilson, and Przybylski until 1971 when he began working for Frank Miller. In 1972, he and Harry Little formed the private accounting firm of Little Morris, CPA’s. Little Morris, still based in Boise, grew to become one of the largest and most respected tax accounting firms in the Intermountain Region. Bill received many professional accolades during his career. Bill recently sold his partnership and put his full energies into the Nagel Foundation, which he had helped form and shepherded, until he retired two months ago.
In 1963, Bill married Frieda Brown, and although their marriage was brief, they maintained a life-long friendship.
Bill and Camille Jensen were married in 1968, and that marriage produced two children, Brooke and Michael. Becoming a father opened up a complete new realm for him, and he became a proud, deeply loving and devoted father and later, grandfather.
Bill was gifted with optimism and energy. His interests were varied: he was always reading articles or books on health, investments, politics, and history. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in McCall. He also loved to travel, and was fortunate enough to visit Europe, the Orient, and South America. But his deep love was that for his family and friends. Bill was a caring, loving, and loyal father, grandfather, son, brother-extraordinaire, uncle, and friend. In return, he was loved, admired and respected by his family and friends. He was the go-to guy in the family, and always took the time to provide sound advice when asked.
Bill is survived by his son, Michael Morris of Boise, Idaho, his granddaughters Katie and Hannah Zundel of Seattle, WA., his mother, Irene Clough of Boise, his sister, Sandra Hicks and her husband Mark of Boise, his nephew Jay Clark (Denise), his niece Lori Alverson (Mark), his niece Juli Bardsley (Keith), several great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter who brought such joy to his life, Brooke Morris Zundel, and his father, John Earl Morris.
A service to honor and celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise.
The family would like to thank the MICU and the Oncology Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise for the kind and considerate care they gave Bill.