It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Ball Morton, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California, after complications from lung cancer. David’s life was a journey that took him from his roots in Wilmington, Delaware, to Boulder, Colorado, and Santa Barbara, California, but he found his true home in his Sebastopol and western Sonoma County, California, where he resided for the past twelve 12 years.
David was a man of many passions and interests, constantly seeking to broaden his knowledge and skills. He graduated from Tower Hill School in Wilmington, attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduated from Wilmington University and received a master’s degree in finance from Drexel University. His thirst for knowledge and personal growth led him to further studies in sustainable agriculture, native plants, habitat restoration, landscape design, and more.
David was a free spirit, and those who knew him had the pleasure of experiencing his infectious energy and enthusiasm for life. He left an indelible mark on the lives of many, learning from and sharing his unique perspective with everyone he encountered. David was a cherished member of the Morton family and a proud Californian who cared deeply for his friends, the environment, the arts, and his Sonoma County community.
His eclectic group of friends of all ages reflected his open and accepting nature. Music was a constant companion throughout David’s life, and he found solace and comfort in attending concerts during his eight months of cancer treatment. David’s legacy as a steward of the land will continue to provide comfort and solace to those who knew him, although he will be greatly missed.
Embracing wonderful memories are his mother and father John and Mary Ball Morton, brother Jack Morton (Cynthia), nephew Jake Morton, special friend Laurie Lupia, uncle L.F. Payne (Susan), aunts Margaret Ann Morton, Brenda Payne and LaQuetta Morton and many cousins and friends. His grandparents John and Marie Morton and L.F. and Elizabeth (Dolly) Payne and uncles Richard Morton and John S. Payne preceded him in death.
Please join us for a memorial service and celebration of life at Christ Church Christiana Hundred on May 24th at 2pm with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ceres Project (cancer patient support) at www.ceresproject.orgor Fife Creek Project, Community Clean Water Institute , P.0. Box 479, Occidental CA 94565-0479.