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Gary Donald Morton

September 4, 1950 ~ September 29, 2018 (age 68)
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Gary Donald Morton passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the age of 68.

Gary was an avid journalist for 50 years, having worked in mainstream news with the Fort Worth Press, Waco Tribune, and Abilene Reporter News.  He then aligned his work with his faith, working for Diocesan newspapers:  The Florida Catholic, and The Dialog.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Dean “Salty” Morton and Anita Ray Morton of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, Tom Morton of Boerne, Texas. 

Gary was married to Karen Reilly-Morton of Lake Mary, Florida, and is survived by his children, Kateri Morton, Michael Morton, Mark Morton, Megan Lawless and her husband, William Lawless; two grandchildren, Joseph Scruggs and Thomas Scruggs.  He is also survived by six siblings, Ben Morton, Claudia Loffler, Mary Jones, Joe Morton, Cynthia Morton, and John Morton. 

Gary was devoted to his faith, family, and writing, and had a passion for his hometown Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.  His selflessness continues beyond death with organ donation to the Gift of Life Program.  He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man with a heart the size of Texas.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Friday, October 5 from 5:00-7:00PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish, 3000 Videre Drive, Wilmington on Saturday, October 6 at 10:00AM.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware, PO Box 747, Middletown, DE 19709 (




Donations may be made to:

Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
PO Box 747, Middletown DE 19709

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