Darwin A Morse

May 10, 1950January 7, 2014
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Darwin Alan Morse, 63, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Darwin was born May 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama where he spent most of his life until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1967. He served his country for four years as an active duty sailor, was a Vietnam War Veteran, and then served an additional four years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Upon discharge from the U.S. Navy he moved to Houston, TX where he worked for Cameron Iron Works, now Wyman Gordon, as a Machinist for more than 40 years and was a member of the International Assoc. of Machinist Union.

He married Donna Marie Morse, the girl he met on a blind date, on July 21, 1973 in Boston, Mass. They moved to Houston, Texas where they spent 40 years together. They had two children: Sandra Marie Morse Poag and Michael Anthony Morse.

During his life in Houston, Darwin was a member of S.P. Waltrip Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Arabia Shrine Military Patrol Unit, VFW – Cypress, and many other organizations. He was a founding Board Member of the Winchester Country Neighborhood Swim Team. He spent his life serving others and supported multiple charitable groups – especially the Shrine Hospital for Children.

Darwin was a beloved grandfather of five granddaughters: Madeline and Dakota Poag; Zoë, Cameron, and Finley Morse. He loved to laugh, tickle, tease and play with his girls.

Preceded in death by his father Robert Louis Morse, Sr. and stepfather Robert Lee Martin; his brother, Robert Louis Morse, Jr.; sister Michelle Martin Zikos. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Donna Morse; mother Ann C. Martin and stepmother Charlene Morse; brother Louis Morse and wife Allison, sister Sally Ricafrente and husband Dana, brother Avery Morse and wife Nancy. His children Sandra Poag and husband Joel, Michael Morse and wife Courtney; grandchildren Madeline Poag, Dakota Poag, Zoë Morse, Cameron Morse, Finley Morse. He is also survived by many beloved brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Darwin Alan Morse will be buried with military honors at the Houston National Cemetery on Monday, January 13, 2014. All Services will be held at the American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial, Houston, TX 77038. The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Sunday. Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm with Military Honors immediately following at the Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2014

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Irene Dendorfer

January 17, 2014

Donna, Sandra, Michael and families...
Darwin will be missed. He is at peace and not suffering. My prayers are with you all. I was glad to be there for the service. A wonderful send off to a great man. He was a great husband, father and grandfather(Pop Pop). God has a mission for him. His laugh I will always remember.

Sally Ricafrente

January 15, 2014

Such a wonderful Brother,Husband,Father,and Papa. The memories that trail are undeniably awesome. Darwin made many of us very happy. Was there for us if we were sad. Always kind and caring Now he is on a new journey,One journey he was well prepared for.Rest in peace my sweet Brother.

Mary Egan

January 14, 2014

I am glad he is not suffering anymore. Was so glad to have gotten to see you all the last time you we in Massachusettes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was liked by all. Hell of a nice guy... Love Auntie Mary and Uncle Bob

January 14, 2014

I am glad he is not suffering now. May peace come to him and his family. Darwin was liked by everybody. Hell of a nice guy. Love Auntie Mary and Uncle Bob

Uncle Louis & Aunt Allison

January 14, 2014

My heart is so sad yet my mind tells me he will ride out his new journey in the same fashion he rode this one... full of humor, love, and honor... not to mention giving out free pool lessons, I know I got a few... lol... We love ya and are here always for you.

Kelly Tarr ( graves)

January 14, 2014

I am so sorry I could not make it to the service. I remember mr. Morse when I was hanging out with Michael in high school. He was a wonderful man, husband and father. He would look out and take care of all friends of Micha as they were his own children. A great man has left us for now but will never be forgotten.

Debbie Poleet

January 13, 2014

Darwin will be missed, love Debbie,Nick & Bella

Sharla Baker

January 13, 2014

Dear Sandra and family, my heart goes out to you all as you grieve this loss. I ask God to surround you with his love and protection.

Bobby Poleet JR

January 13, 2014

rest easy uncle u were great!!!
auntie Donna, Mike,& Sandra and little cousins love ya'll!!!

Paul Dendorfer Jr

January 13, 2014

Aunt Donna, Sandra and Michael... Sorry for your loss. Your husband and dad was a great guy. I enjoyed the times I had with me. The funny stories we told, to the joking around. He had a great sense of humor. One thing I did like most about him was his ability to be open. He will be missed.