December 6, 2012
John M. Morrison died Nov. 17, 2012, at his home in Nevada City, Calif. He was 90.
John's final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
John, a third-generation Californian, was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Kingsburg, Calif., to Maurice Alfred and Charity Morrison Herz. John served in the U.S. Army Air Force from September 1942 to November 1945. He was assigned to the 322nd Bomb Group, 449th Bomb Squadron at Andrews Field, situated in Braintree, England, and thereafter moved to a base in France.
John flew 35 combat missions (30 as lead bombardier). John received the following decorative medals: the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters (representing 35 combat missions), American Campaign Medal, American and European Theater Ribbons with four Battle Stars, Campaign Medal (with four Bronze Service Stars) representing four campaigns and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon separation from service at Camp Beale, Calif., November 1945, John returned to college. After earning a BA degree at San Jose State College and a doctor of jurisprudence at the University of San Francisco, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career as deputy attorney general for the state of California. He retired in 1982.
He enjoyed Jeeping to remote areas, sailing in the San Francisco Bay, fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada and Bahamas and golf. He served as president of the Sacramento Men's Club at Haggin Oaks in 1959. Memberships included the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Grass Valley Elks and the Nevada County Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Janice of Nevada City, and his son, Glenn V. Morrison, of Reno, Nev.; previous wife Doris Morrison, two grandsons, John G. Morrison and Tyler Morrison; and two granddaughters, Amber Booher and Jennifer Morrison.
He is preceded in death by his son, Grant R. Morrison, and his former wife, Bobbie Morrison.
In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation to your local favorite rescue or animal shelter.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.