John Paul Morris

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Lifelong Durango resident John Paul Morris died Monday, July 16, 2012, at his home. He was 96.

Known as “Johnny,” he and his twin brother, Vincent, were born to Mike and Julia Morris on Jan. 21, 1916, in the family cabin in Durango. The family doctor charged two chickens rather than the customary one chicken for delivering the twins.

Mr. Morris served in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the southern Philippines and was discharged in 1946.

He worked from the time he was 7 on the farm, and when he returned from the war, he became a dairy farmer.

In the early 1950s, he married Thelma Petersen in Durango.

When he was younger, he and his twin brother were in a band. Mr. Morris played the harmonica, accordion, guitar, piano and organ.

“Johnny loved to go to the casino to gamble and visit with friends,” his family said. “In his younger days he loved to dance, and was considered a pretty good dancer. He was a regular at the Wild Horse almost every Saturday night.”

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his wife of almost 40 years, Thelma Morris, who died in 1991.

He is survived by numerous nephews, nieces, half-nephews, half-nieces and their children.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Greenmount Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.