Paul Morse, 1948~2019

Paul R. Morse passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Canyonlands Care Center.

Paul was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Yvonne and Nolan Morse, in 1948. The family lived in Texas and Oklahoma before Nolan and Yvonne retired to Nolan’s hometown of Moab. Soon afterwards, some of the Morse clan followed, including Paul. He became known for his meticulous interior finish carpentry, and also for his whimsical furniture made from castoff pieces of lumber.

Paul and Rose Griffin married and for 14 years they ran the Bedrock Store in Bedrock, Colorado. In 2006, Paul moved back to Moab and worked various jobs and also played his harmonica in several Moab bands. He loved to play his instruments, tell stories to the tourists in his business, and make things.

His four siblings survive him: Mike, Steve, Tim and Susan, and nieces and nephews Michelle, Nancy, Bill and Tom.

At Paul’s request cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.

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