He will be remembered as a bright and energetic volunteer who gave lots of time and talent to
Oklahoma archaeology. His presence will be
missed at OAS meetings and digs
His contribution to Oklahoma Archeology was
huge, and all accomplished with a gentle and
patient spirit. He will always be remembered as
a great and informative dig leader.
Franklin Morgan passed away December 4, 2011 at the age of 81. He was born
March 19, 1930 in Ada,
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus Franklin Morgan,
mother Ethel Mae; two sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 58
years, Rosemary; three children, Rebecca Ann Shelton and husband Kirby, David
F. Morgan II, and Mary Ellen Stockett and husband Don. "Papa" is also
survived by eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren with another
great-grandchild due this month.
graduated from Ada
He spent his professional career in the automotive industry, beginning as a
teenager working for the Buick dealership in Ada,
where he first learned to be an auto mechanic. After Dave served in the
U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War, he continued his education
by attending East Central State College, completed his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees
at Central State College, and also attended the General Motors Institute in Flint,
worked for the Buick Corporation and Sun Electric Corp., which required
multiple moves of the family in several states. In 1970 the family moved to Moore, OK,
where he began his career with the U.S. Postal Training Center in Norman,
working in the Delivery Vehicles area until retirement.
enjoyed traveling and the outdoors. He took the family camping, snow skiing,
and fly fishing in the mountains of New
His other interests included hunting, golfing, attending O.U. football games,
painting pictures, and archeology.
retirement, Dave was active with the Oklahoma Anthropological Society and
Oklahoma Archeological Survey, where he was a dig chairman and supervised
archeological digs in Oklahoma.
This also led to his work on the Native American exhibit at the Sam Noble
Museum of Natural History.