Thursday, April 8, 2021

Area mourns death of attorney Don Morgan

Donald Morgan
Well-known Plymouth attorney Donald “Don” Crane Morgan, 80, passed away peacefully at Angela Hospice on March 26, 2021. A long-time resident of Plymouth, he was a pillar of his church and community for more than 55 years. 

Mr. Morgan was born in Detroit to Nancy Crane Morgan on Sept. 17, 1940.  He attended Lakewood High School, and after becoming president of the senior class, finally got a date with Judy Munro, his wife of 58 years. 

Like his mother, Mr. Morgan attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), and made many lifelong friends. After graduating in 1962, he often returned there with his wife,  most recently for his 55th graduating class reunion. 

In 1965, Mr. Morgan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and he and his wife moved to Livonia. It was there Mrs. Morgan, a third-grade teacher, met fellow teacher, Judy Chauvin, and her then husband, Paul Chauvin. The couple would later become “uncle and aunt” to the Morgan children, and go-to travel companions. On their trips, the men would engage in various shenanigans including using aliases and accents. 

The Morgans moved to Plymouth in 1965 and he was immediately involved in the community including Rotary, where he served as president from 1985-86 and The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth where he served as an elder; a member of session; as president of the finance committee;  ran the audio visual equipment, and shared his strong baritone with the choir. Mr. Morgan would later become a representative to the Presbytery of Detroit, a role his family said he found both challenging and rewarding. 

Mr. Morgan joined Wayne II Republicans in 1979, becoming chairman in 1992. He also served on the board of Growth Works, Easter Seals, and Presbyterian Village. 

Mr. Morgan was predeceased by his son, Donald M. Morgan (Donny). In addition to his wife, Judy Munro Morgan, he is survived by his daughter, Wendy Morgan Crowther, and son-in-law Marty Crowther; Donny's former-wife, Ann Morgan Belyk; her husband, Nick Belyk; grandchildren Brady Morgan and Abbie Belyk; granddaughters Makayla Morgan (daughter of Amanda Parrish Hunley), and Julia and Cece Crowther. 

While his wife was the love of his life, Mr. Morgan also loved being a lawyer, reading, all things history, playing golf, summer and winter sports in Harbor Springs, music, and telling long, long stories to anyone who would listen, until a stroke took his speech in 2015, his family recalled.

Mr. Morgan was a lawyer his entire adult life, working first as a partner at Kerr, Russell & Weber in Detroit, briefly at Draugelis & Ashton, in Plymouth and finally on his own on Main Street. He received numerous professional honors and accolades, but will best be remembered as a devoted husband, “Poohbah” to his grandchildren, and as a leader in his church and community. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, 701 Church St., Plymouth, Michigan 48170, Hope Clinic, P.O. Box 980311, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198, or to a charity of choice. 

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, services for Mr. Morgan will take place at a later date.