Longtime Brookings resident Claude Morin, most recently of Dallas, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Oct. 10, 2017. He was 84.
Claude was born May 27, 1933, in Baker County to Claude Sr. and Olive Harrison Morin.
He grew up in New Meadows, Idaho, where he graduated from Meadows Valley High School in 1951. It was here that Claude developed a deep love and respect for the outdoors and for animals in general, and horses in particular.
On Dec. 31, 1953, Claude married Bonnie Miller, the love of his life. Though hard work and simply enjoying life, together they made a home for their family. Though they had several different addresses in the early years, their children knew that as long as the family was together, they were home.
In 1964, the family moved to Brookings, where Claude and Bonnie remained for 50 years until relocating to Dallas, in 2015, to be closer to their children.
A kind and gentle man with a great smile and a giving spirit, Claude was always willing to help wherever he was needed, preferring to do so quietly without drawing attention to himself. A member of Brookings Presbyterian Church for almost five decades, Claude served the community in various capacities — with Bonnie’s help — including as the Youth Advisor during their children’s teenage years.
He loved four things unconditionally: his wife, his family, his country and his Lord. Perhaps his greatest contribution to his family was showing his son and grandsons how to treat a woman, and his daughter and granddaughters how they deserved to be treated. His legacy is one of gentle strength, quiet service, hard work, courage, kindness, integrity and faith that could move mountains.
He is survived by Bonnie, his bride of 64 years; son Kelly and wife Paula Morin; daughter Laurie and husband Don Larson; brother-in-law Jack and wife Lorraine Miller. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jarrod (Aleah) Larson, Claudia Larson, Courtney (Michael) Austermiller and Elec (Alicia) Morin; four great-grandchildren; and a very large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Claude was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Harold and Forest.
Contributions can be made in memory of Claude, to Brookings Presbyterian Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Submitted by the family.