Marv Morton, 81, Omak, died at home with his family beside him on, Feb. 3.
He was born March 16, 1932, in Cle Elum, Wash. to Helen and Edgar Morton. The family later moved to Ellensburg, where Marv’s dad was coach of the Ellensburg Cowboys baseball team. This influence paved a great path of playing and loving baseball for Marv.
After graduation from Ellensburg High School in 1951, he attended Central College of Washington, he was signed to play with the St. Louis Browns baseball team but was called to active duty during the Korean War. He was trained as an aircraft engine mechanic in Norman, Okla., and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. The summer of 1953, he played on the Navy baseball team. We all loved hearing about games against legends such as Willie Mays, who was serving for the Army.
After leaving the service, Marv played the saxophone in nightclubs all over Eastern Washington and began cooking in restaurants during the day. In 1968, he bought a café in Omak and named it Marv’s. His famous cheese soup is still talked about to this day. In later years, he opened up a boot repair business until his retirement.
Hunting and fishing were big loves of his, along with family time at the cabin years earlier on Omak Lake. Marv was a member of the Friendly OK Car Club and past member of the gun club.
“Pops” was a very special grandpa to all three of his grandsons. He will be truly missed by all who knew him as he was easy to love and always shared a quick laugh or smile.
Marv is survived by his wife, Peggy, at home; son, Todd Morton (Diane) Renton; daughters, Viola (Larry) Rosser, Omak, Trace (Jerry) Paul, Okanogan, Tresa (Lee) Bannister, Colfax; and grandsons Jerame, Lonnie Paul and Collin Bannister.
A memorial service will be announced and planned at a later time when all of the family can be together. Donations may be made in Marv’s name to the Friendly OK Car Club, care of Paul Yarnell, 13 Middle Lane, Omak, WA 98841.