Michael A. Morgan, Specialist 4, son, brother, uncle, partner and friend lost his battle with cancer July 19th, 2017, at the age of 69, due to agent orange he contacted while serving in the Army First Air Calvary. Mike was a compact medic (known as “Doc”) in Vietnam where he received a number of commendations for his actions in battle, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, Flying Star, four Oak Leaf Clusters and two Purple Hearts. While recovering at Fort Sam Huston Hospital, Mike was the highest decorated non-combat in the hospital at that time. He said it was not about getting medals, it was about saving lives.
Mike had a long stint with the Boy Scouts, achieving his Eagle rank and attended two National Scout Jamborees while attending school in Kelso. He attended Huntington Junior High, Kelso High, and Lower Columbia College, receiving a teaching degree in music at Central Washington College. Music was Mikes passion, he played in all the school bands and a number of local dance (rock) bands. Mike found teaching wasn’t his thing and went on to play the organ in a circus in Reno which lasted about three years. He then joined the famous Wallenda Family and started a high wire act with Carla Wallenda. They were a team for the next 40 years with shows all across the Eastern United States, including Puerto Rico. They are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for some of their acts.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Adah Morgan; and his father, Russ “Red” Morgan.
Mike leaves behind two brothers, Russ (Gerry) in Kenmore, Wash., and Terry (Connie) in Moxee, Wash.; his beloved Carla in Sarasota; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and their families.
Mike will receive a full military service and burial in Sarasota, Fla. In lieu of flowers, Mike requested contributions be made to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children for cancer research.
Mike will truly be missed.