In Memory

John Morgan

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05/18/10 08:51 PM #1    

John B Hewlett

I remember when I heard that John Morgan had died, and attending his funeral.  Seeing his heartbroken parents, and their dashed dreams and ambition for their talented and gentle son.  He was an extraordinary teammate and basketball player.  A bit of a space cadet at times, bringing the wrong jersey, forgetting his socks, or shoes.  In fact as sophmores he forgot his game shoes at a game at Bountiful High School.  I remember Coach Richards telling Rob Young to give John his shoes so he could play, and watching Ember Young do layups in his socks with the rest of the team.  Talk about taking one for the team, yo Rob!!!  Then as juniors John was starting varsity for the first time at Highland High, and there was a huge snow storm, and he never came to the game.  His car had gone off the road by Westminister College, and he stayed with the car, rather than walk or run up the street to Highland.  I never could quite figure that one out.  Nevertheless, we wouldn't have been State Champs without the steady consistent play of our starting forward John Morgan.  He was a great classmate and friend.  John Hewlett

05/21/10 04:59 PM #2    

Scott Savage

Yes John was aloof, but he was kind. I remember when he showed up at Bryant in the 9th grade. We were playing basketball in the gym and he joined in. I thought I was pretty good and we had some good ones in Hewlett and Norton, but John was something extra I hadn't seen before. How could anyone be this good? He could jump, and move so fluid and shoot from anywhere, I knew here was talent, it made me feel back to earth as a regular guy. I knew any team that got him would be going somewhere and they did at East with him on board.

John was shy, very shy and humble. I remember in 9th grade I had little party at my house and I had Hewlett and him come with some girls. Hewlett and I got who we wanted, Hewlett, Ellen Perry and I, Meg Tyler but John didn't dare ask anyone, and so we got him Challi Burton at the last minute. He didn't dare dance with her as Hewlett and I danced with our partners, he just sat there on the couch not knowing what to do. It was a nice evening but we couldn't get John dancing. Well thats 9th grade.

I think he passed away in 1977.

08/05/10 12:40 AM #3    

Patricia Jenkins (Ronnow)

 AE Houseman's "To An Athlete Dying Young"   ....for all who remember our classmates unfair passing; submitted to honor their contributions to the class of 1970   by Patti J. Ronnow

The time you won your town the race 

We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields were glory does not stay
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's.

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