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Claude Alexander Morrison Jr

November 13, 1947 ~ May 22, 2021

On Saturday, May 22nd, Claude Alexander Morrison Jr. (Alex, or Alec if you’re from North Carolina) passed away peacefully in his sleep with loved ones by his side at his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

He is survived by his wife Supatta (Pang) Rachpromma Morrison, his daughters Amy Morrison Hayden (Sam) and Meredith Kristine (Kristi) Morrison Hutson (David), and four grandsons Cody Hayden, Austin Hayden, Wyatt Hayden and Ethan Morrison.

He touched peoples lives in ways that stayed with them for a lifetime with his smile, his intellect, and his love for life.

Alex was born in Monroe, North Carolina, to Claude and Mae Morrison. He and his older brother grew up hunting, fishing, going to school and doing all the things kids do. He completed all of his schooling in Monroe until his senior year where he attended a college prep school in Tennessee. After graduating high school from Baylor School in Chattanooga, he married Deborah Kay Humphries from Monroe, NC, in 1967. They went on to have two daughters together: Amy in 1970 and Kristi in 1973.

The book “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr Suess comes to mind when looking back at his career path. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1970, he joined the National Guard and served for two years. Then, in 1972, he went to work the National Forest Service in Tennessee, then Louisiana, where he was named an honorary Cajun by his local fishing/hunting buddies.

He and his family moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1973 where he worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers first in the Planning Branch then quickly into Construction Division. Savannah was a perfect fit for this outdoorsman, and many life long friendships were made. In 1977, he and his family moved to Gainsville, Florida, for one year where he received his masters degree from the University of Florida then returned to Savannah and continued with the COE.

The next career opportunity in 1982 took him and his family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the Middle East Division for COE to build K.A.M.A. The King Abdulaziz Military Academy near Riyadh. It was complete with housing for 10,000; a shopping center with stores, bank, post office, a university with classrooms, labs, and athletic facilities. Alex was the Chief Quality Assurance of construction, overseeing the contractors. This experience allowed he and his family to travel in the middle east as well as Europe developing Alex’s love for travel and exploring the world.

After 3 years in Saudi, he returned home to Savannah. In Savannah he served as the Resident Engineer for Ft Stewart for many of their military construction projects for the next few years. In 1989, he transferred to Jacksonville District to construction division where he served as Chief of the Quality Assurance overseeing the many civil projects underway there.

In 1993, Alex went to Miami to become the Area Engineer for the Hurricane Andrew recovery effort which was, the largest hurricane recovery effort the Corps had ever worked on at the time and winning awards for his efforts there. Next up was Kuwait after the Gulf War to assist in the rebuilding process then he was off to his grand adventure in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alex was the Army Corps of Engineers Chief Resident Engineer in charge of the construction of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital. At the time of completion in the late 1990s, it was the largest hospital in the State of Alaska. The hospital has 55 beds and is a DOD Joint Venture treatment facility which is a general and surgical facility and teaching hospital with 63 practicing doctors. It was an incredible facility. Living in Alaska was a long life dream come true. It enabled him to further pursue his passions for hunting, fishing and camping as well as making incredible friends who enjoyed the same outdoor lifestyle as he did.
Following the hospital project in 1999, Alex was assigned the Resident Engineer position in Koror, Palau in the Honolulu District. This project involved constructing a new two lane 53 mile coastal highway that encircled the entire island that enable people safely and more quickly reach vital necessities for everyday living. And more importantly, this is where he met Supatta (Pang), later married and began their adventure together. They explored this island paradise together fishing, snorkeling and taking in all the natural wonders Palau has to offer.

After officially retiring from COE in 2008 he took a year long position in Iwakuni, Japan, in 2011. He thoroughly enjoyed the food and the local culture as he worked as a Retired Annuitant Resident Engineer on the renovation of an American Air Force base in Japan.

Since 2012, Alaska had been his home base. He and Pang continued to travel. His adventures carried him around the US and the globe hunting, fishing, dining, RV’ing and meeting new and old friends along the way. A quote(ish) from a friend “when Alex said I’ll take you to one of my favorite spots, it usually involved an RV trip, a boat ride and a hike to get to a remote, untouched spot to take in nature’s beauty.”

His 23 year battle with prostate cancer was not lost, it was won every single day because he chose life. Day after day, adventure after adventure, treatment after treatment he chose to explore, to find the path not taken, to fill his life with more memories, more moments.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at www.Alaska

Thank you for all of your kind words, prayers and support. Please feel free to share your BEST Alex story in the comments below. His family would love to hear from you. Peace be with you all.

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Maureen Ivanco

May 31, 2021, 6:20 pm

It was an honor getting to know Alex. So glad we had that opportunity! Godspeed to him on his next adventure ❤️

Eric & Jaaey Leber

May 31, 2021, 6:44 pm

You always in our heart Alex!

Burt Humphries

May 31, 2021, 7:46 pm

Alex was a good man for which I always had the utmost respect. You will be greatly missed!…God bless you all! Burt

Jane Kanipe

May 31, 2021, 9:37 pm

This is a beautiful tribute to Alex! He had an amazing life. He loved his family and enjoyed life to the fullest. Peace, hope and love be with all his family and friends. We can all treasure our time with him. Love, Jane Guion Kanipe

Colleen Bates

June 1, 2021, 4:40 am

I am forever grateful for the adventures Alex facilitated for me the two times I visited Palau. Jellyfish lake is one of my favorite snorkeling adventures ever. I’m thinking of you Pang and sending love and peace to all who love Alex.

Colleen Bates

June 1, 2021, 4:43 am

I am grateful to Alex for the amazing adventures he facilitated for me the two times I visited Palau. Jellyfish lake is my favorite snorkeling experience ever, and Alex took us there is his boat. I’m thinking of you Pang and sending peace to all who love Alex.

Bob and Noo Worcester

June 1, 2021, 11:25 pm

Alex was a great guy. Truly one of a kind a true inspiration in the way he faced his challenges. We learned a lot from Alex about staying positive and maintaining dignity and quality of life no matter the struggle. Noo and I were blessed to be able to call him our friend.

Marc Van Dongen

June 2, 2021, 7:12 am

Alex and I had many “world class” hunting and fishing trips together over the past 29 years including Texas for whitetail bucks and Corsican rams, Oklahoma for his bull elk and archery whitetail buck, Alaska for black and brown bears, caribou, lynx, blacktail deer, and moose. We also had numerous fly fishing trips for steelhead (our favorite quarry) from the Situk River in Yakutat and the Anchor River on the Kenai Peninsula, Arctic char on the Wulik River 90 miles north of Kotzebue, salmon on the Kenai, Anchor, Deshka, Yentna, Talkeetna Rivers, Clear Creek and Lake Creek, trophy rainbow trout on the Kenai River, and halibut out of Seldovia in Kachemak Bay and 90 miles out of Whittier in Prince William Sound. My most memorable trip was the only one where we did not shoot anything. That was the last moose hunt we did together. A few years ago Alex and I drove deep into Interior Alaska to hunt moose in the Mentasta Mountains near Nabesna. We took my ATVs several miles into the mountains and set up a comfortable camp. Alex was very weak and could not hike very far. We took our time and he rested several times on the way to our glassing spot on a folding chair that I carried in for him. He then sat on the chair on a hill overlooking some prime moose habitat where I called for a bull moose. We could have shot two legal bulls on that hunt, but we passed them both up because of the enormous amount of work we would have had to do to butcher and pack out all the meat. We simply decided to enjoy the hunt without shooting any moose. The weather was fantastic, we had opportunities to shoot bulls, and best of all we enjoyed the meals that Alex prepared back in camp. I have shot 18 moose over the years, including some monster bulls, but that was the most memorable and enjoyable hunt I have ever done in Alaska. Goodbye my dear friend. You are in a better place now. Enjoy your final trip. I will miss you dearly. Marc

Brian Smith

June 2, 2021, 4:38 pm

I met Alex in Palau and we worked together for the next 8yrs on the biggest case I or he ever did. “King Alex,” as we called him, was smart, hard working, and funny so we became friends (and won the case! : ) We met up again over the years in Hawaii, Alaska, Virginia, and Colorado. He was one of a kind and I’ll miss him very much. Huggs to all, especially the others in our mutual “posse.”

Richard Hancock

June 2, 2021, 10:41 pm

I worked with Alex in Alaska District for several years. Although we never took an outdoor adventure together, I knew him as an avid outdoorsman and nature lover. We had several talks where we shared fish stories. I also remember his construction expertise and intellect. We worked together to resolve some of the pending issues with the Elmendorf Composite Medical Facility. My condolences to all of his family and friends. We miss you Alex – I know you are in a better place now.

Ronnie Long

June 13, 2021, 2:15 am

Ronnie Long
I met Alex on my first trip to Alaska during a week long Caribou hunt. I became close friends with Alex and his friend Art during this trip. We hunted as a team several times during the years and always had a great time. We stayed in touch and we talked shortly before his passing. I would like his family to know that I prayed for him everyday and continue to pray for them. I told Alex that every time we spent together was cherished in my memory forever. I miss him and think of him often.
May God Bless Alex and his family.

Ronnie Long

June 13, 2021, 2:39 am

My condolences to Alex’s family. I met Alex on my first hunting trip to Alaska during a week long Caribou
Hunt by float plane. Alex and his friend Art and I became good friends and hunted several years together as a team. I spoke with Alex a few weeks before he passed and knew the end was near. I miss him and think of him and all our good times often. We prayed for Alex everyday and continue praying for him and his family.
Rest In Peace my friend.

Patricia Humphries Bivens

July 21, 2021, 1:21 pm

Laurence & I loved Alex. When he & Debbie got married in South Carolina, we were their witnesses. Their marriage produced two beautiful little girls—Amy & Kristi. They are such a gift to this world.

Alex’s strongest connection to God was through nature; he & I once had a conversation about that many years ago. Alex ‘s well written obit is beautiful in that it shows how he made incredible contributions to the world.

We miss and loved Alex—he was one of a kind.

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