James Monroe (Jim) Morgan of Scottsdale, AZ peacefully entered eternity on November 20, 2019. He was born September 30, 1927 in Glenwood, Arkansas to Hendon and Lena Morgan, their only child.
Jim spent his childhood in the Glenwood, Pine Bluff, Caddo Gap area of Arkansas, until the family moved to Little Rock where Jim attended Little Rock High School, playing trombone in the band, moving up to first chair. Upon graduation he was drafted into the United States Army, serving from January 1946 to July 1947, also playing trombone in the Army Band. After his discharge he enrolled at the University of Alabama on the GI Bill, where he then briefly played trombone in Stan Kenton’s Road Band. It was an experience he never forgot; although it didn’t take him long to realize that the lifestyle of a musician probably wasn’t for him! From there he attended The University of Arkansas Law School and met his wife of 68 years, Jean on a blind date. Upon graduating from Law School, Jim went to work for Travelers Insurance Company. He was transferred to the San Francisco, CA office and the family relocated to Palo Alto, CA in 1958. Jim eventually left The Travelers and opened The James M. Morgan Insurance Agency. Jim retired, sold the agency to Woodruff Sawyer and relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 1989. A short while later, he was asked to volunteer as the Executive Director of Waste Not, a position and organization that he was very proud of. He was with Waste Not for eleven years, until his “second retirement”. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Waste Not and sat on the Homeward Bound Board as well.
Jim was an avid golfer and thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent on the golf courses of California, Scottsdale, Pinetop and Prescott, Arizona as well as around the world. He and Jean loved to travel and visited many foreign countries. Jim will be remembered for his kindness, compassion and generosity to others, his sense of humor, always ready with a joke or a story, and his love of music. He considered making people laugh “good medicine.” He loved playing the trombone earlier in life and was always singing (he had a beautiful voice) or whistling. In fact his whistle would usually precede his arrival just about anywhere!
Jim is survived by his wife Jean, his daughter Jamie (Jack) McClellan, son Tim and granddog Sammie along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by friends and family.
A Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary on Saturday, January 4th at 1:00 pm. Donations can be made in Jim's name to Waste Not wastenotaz.org.
“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.” – Irving Berlin
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