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Morris Eugene Preslar

July 21, 1937 ~ May 6, 2021 (age 83)


Morris Eugene Preslar, 83, passed away on May 6, 2021 at Sunrise Senior Living from kidney disease and as he would say “being old and worn out”. He was the son of Eugene Curtis Preslar and Afton Elvira Morris. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho on July 21, 1937.

Morris received most of his education in southeast Idaho, but because the family moved to Montana, he graduated from Florence Carlton High School. Morris continued his education at Central Utah Vocational School in Provo, UT by completing the program in diesel mechanics.

He was drafted into the army and sent to Fort Ord, California for basic training then he went to Ft Devens, Massachusetts and became a radio operator. The Army sent him to Asmara Eritrea in Ethiopia where he used that skill.

Morris’s sister arranged a blind date with Carol Ann Coy and they exchanged letters while he was in the military. After Morris was released from active duty and a short courtship, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1962. They are the parents of four fine sons and have 15 grandchildren.

Morris worked for Allis Chalmers in Ogden before moving to Salt Lake City to work for Pyramid Oil and Chevron Oil as a truck driver hauling petroleum products for several fuel distributors.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life. He served in many different callings from home teaching and backpacking with scouts to being a service missionary at the distribution center and an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple with his wife.

Morris had the ability to see when others could use his help. He didn’t just walk the dog but also put people’s newspapers on their porches. He would help family, friends and neighbors with their cars, bikes, lawn mowers, downed trees, pinewood derby cars and whatever else needed his attention. His sons learned many worthwhile and useful things as spent time with him.

Morris enjoyed reading, joking around with people, being in the mountains with family and drinking milk.

Morris is survived by his wife and four sons and their families: Richard and Tonja, Douglas and Laie, Samuel and Kathleen, and Troy and Rachel and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by two younger siblings: Marilynn Crane and Joseph Preslar and his wife Jan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Matthew, a brother-in-law, Jeffrey Crane and two sisters-in-law, Judy Coy, and Carolyn Coy.

Morris’s family is deeply grateful to the staff at Sunrise Senior Living and Elevation Hospice for their loving service, friendship and kindness.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 12th from 11:00AM to Noon for friends and family at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City. A graveside service will take place at 1:00PM at Murray City Cemetery, 5600 South Vine Street.

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May 12, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Holbrook Mortuary
3251 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Graveside Service
May 12, 2021

1:00 PM
Murray City Cemetery
5590 South Vine Street
Murray, UT 84107

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