David James Morgan passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., following a cardiac arrest in Mill Creek Canyon.
He was born in Trenton, N.J., on Dec. 4, 1950, to Walter and Eleanor (Buskey) Morgan. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War era, he decided to explore the country and soon discovered that his heart belonged to the West.
David settled in Durango, Colo., for 20 year after living in Oklahoma City for five years. He moved to Moab in 2000 and spent the rest of his days here.
David was the inspiration for and co-founder of the nonprofit group, Moab Solutions. He removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recycling from streams, trails, rural roads and highways during his lifetime, beginning at age 17. He felt a deep connection with the natural world and loved to see it in its most natural state. He also did a lot of one-on-one work with the homeless population in Moab, helping them in a myriad of ways, and by whom he was well loved.
He wrote this in 2006 about Moab Solutions: “… having a group of wonderful people that gather together and go out anywhere and anytime and remove recycling and litter while they talk and laugh is a great joy in my life. If you can, come and join us for a group cleanup and listen to the birds sing and feel Mother Earth shine on you. Solutions is a win-win for you and the community.”
David is survived by brothers, Tom, (Bev) of Florida, and Rich (Carol) of New Jersey; Sara Melnicoff, his life partner for almost 20 years; and his dogs, Chevy, Carli and Rascal.
A memorial service is being planned. Details will be announced in The Times-Independent at a later date.