Steven Charles Morton, 62, of Kuna, Idaho, passed away on July 15, 2020. He was watering his flowers on a beautiful, peaceful summer evening.
You knew what it meant to be larger than life if you ever met Steve. He was a boisterous hurricane of passion, life, and love. His family was lucky to be the focus of much of that unconditional love. He referred to his beloved wife Jenny as his greatest accomplishment, and his kids knew that Steve would do anything to help them, even if it meant dropping everything and driving clear across the country. He liked to boast that he never missed a field trip their entire childhood.
A devout Christian his entire life, for a time Steve gave sermons at Harvey Park Baptist Church. He had a thorough knowledge of the Bible, and enjoyed talking about his interpretations of scripture.
In his time, Steve collected stories and accomplished much as a bounty hunter, drag racer, house painter, tow truck driver, professional pool player, and restauranteur. Always loving new projects and challenges, and boasting an unmatched work ethic, Steve built many varied types of businesses from the ground up, and they were all very successful.
Known for his long, meandering, and vivid storytelling, Steve would have you on the edge of your seat with even mundane details. He had an appreciation of life that brought small things great meaning. When he wasn’t telling captivating stories, he was quick with jokes and wit. Throughout his life he maintained a rare, childlike imagination that enabled him to write comedic stories, and see humor in all things. This humor and sociability led to many friendships. His kids were amazed at how many times he would bump into friends at random places.
Steve was a passionate sports fan. In particular, he admired, in chronological order, Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Secretariat, and John Elway. More than any sports figure, he loved Dale Earnhardt, to the extent that when Earnhardt died he drove all the way from Colorado to North Carolina to be at his funeral. More than any sports team, Steve loved the Denver Broncos. His kids will never forget Super Bowl 32 when they watched the Broncos, along with thousands of other cheering fans in Denver’s McNichols Arena, win their first Super Bowl.
Throughout his life Steve loved animals. He would tell stories about his giant childhood cat Biggest, had arguments with his first wife when he insisted their Chow Chow Beefy could sleep in their bed, and liked to say his dog Baxter was the Ultra Pug. He liked to personify his animals, and created voices and personas for each of them.
Late in his life Steve moved to Idaho, which he loved, but he always considered Colorado his home. A classic Denverite, he frequented Breakfast King, knew that birthday parties were best at Casa Bonita, and liked to refer to his relationship with his wife Jenny as a 16th Street love story.
Steve lived a full life. He burned the candle at both ends, and it often gave off a lovely light. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
Steve is survived by his loving wife Jenny Evert; mother Shirley Shuman; sisters, Michelle Herbst and Sheri Rogers; children, Jessica Morton, Josh Morton, and Jeremy Morton; and grandchildren Bryson Ford, Ashton Ford, Jacob Whitebull IV, and Landon Morton.
Memorial services will be postponed until Steve’s next birthday, April 16, 2021. If you wish to honor his memory, please make a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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