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William A Morrow

November 24, 1950 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old


William Alexander "Bill" Morrow died Sun., August 27, 2023, a year and a half after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, which had metastasized to his brain. (Bill was not a smoker.) Bill was born Nov. 24, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born the day after Thanksgiving, thereby making Thanksgiving his favorite holiday. He was the third son born to Elroy William and Mary Kay Morrow. When he was two years old, his family moved to Mansfield, Ohio. Bill attended St. Peter's Catholic School and graduated in 1969. He met his future wife, Lisa, at St. Peter's when they were juniors in high school. They were married in St. Peter's Church in 1970. Bill then attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where he was a freshman during the May 4 shootings. After graduating, Bill and Lisa moved to Columbus, Ohio where they lived and worked for a couple of years. However, they decided to pursue their interest in moving to the Northwest and decided to move to Moscow, Idaho where Bill was accepted to the University of Idaho Law School. In 1976, Bill and Lisa drove across the country in their little four-cylinder Opal with a sign on the bumper that said, "Hello life, goodbye Columbus." The long drive, concluding with the Opal overheating in 100-degree weather on the infamous "Old Lewiston Grade" had Lisa questioning the decision to move to Idaho! However, they persevered and made it to Moscow, where they lived happily for the next 5 years. After graduating from Law School, Bill was employed as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Caldwell, Idaho, where they have lived ever since. Bill worked for the law firm White, Peterson, Pruss, Morrow, and Gigray for several years before starting a law firm (Morrow & Fischer) with Julie Fischer in Nampa where he practiced until the time of his death. Over the years, Bill contributed to the community in many ways. He was a long-time member of Kiwanis and helped with their annual fundraiser, The Chuckwagon. He was also a Boy Scout leader for many years. Bill, along with other dedicated adult leaders and scout dads of Troop 221, was instrumental in teaching the Boy Scouts life lessons, survival techniques, and a love of the outdoors by camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, and a love and respect for nature. The leaders of Troop 221 helped shape the lives of many young scouts. Bill practiced law for over 40 years. He always worked diligently for his clients and would strive for justice and fairness. One of his clients recently said to me, "Bill was a man of his word and someone you could trust." He thoroughly enjoyed working with many clients throughout the Treasure Valley. He formed many friendships among attorneys and clients alike. Bill loved the state of Idaho and the Northwest. He explored much of the state of Idaho, enjoying hiking, backpacking, fishing, and camping. His love of the great outdoors was shared with his children who accompanied him on excursions like fishing and hiking in McCall, birdwatching trips to Malheur, Oregon, and Arizona, and annual Thanksgiving Thanksgiving hikes in the Owyhees. One of his proudest achievements is hiking "The Camino de Santiago," a 500 mile hike through France and Spain. He completed it in 2016. It was a wonderful experience and he met people who became close friends for years afterward. Bill was a loyal and true friend who formed many friendships through his work and hobbies of golf, tennis, and birdwatching. He especially loved getting together with his "golf buddies" on a regular basis. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. After learning of his cancer diagnosis, he said, "One thing I know is I could not be more proud of our children." We are especially grateful for the expertise and care of the cancer doctors and staff of St. Alphonsus, and Treasure Valley Hospice and their caring staff. Bill is survived by his wife Lisa, of 52 years; children, Ben (Brenna), Q (Polly), Kathleen (Neil), and Kelsey (Adam) and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Rosemary (Ken), and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to a favorite charity in Bill's name. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023, at C.V. Peckham Community Center adjacent to Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho.

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