Daniel J. “Dan” Morrison, 71, of Elkhart, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 12, 2021. Dan was a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather.
Dan was born on February 20, 1950, in Decatur, Illinois, to Wilbur and Marian Morrison. He received his degree in Political Science from Millikin University in 1974. He continued taking business management courses, which prepared him for his various sales management positions. He had a successful and satisfying sales career in the RV industry, having worked for Holiday Rambler, Jayco and other companies.
On December 23, 1972, he married the love of his life, Nancy Jane Walker. They raised three sons, Douglas, Lee and Blake and one daughter, Jennifer. He was deeply involved in his children’s activities and was a constant figure at their games and events. He was a proud Dad, constantly video-taping his sons’ football, basketball and soccer games and Jennifer’s cheerleading. Having played football in college, Dan maintained a love for all sports. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame, the University of Illinois and the Chicago professional teams, the Bears, Bulls and White Sox.
Dan had a passion for the outdoors, spending time at his lake house in Bristol, fishing and bird watching. He was an avid music lover – enjoying and appreciating music from every genre. Dan was also a history buff, who, with great excitement, would provide facts about his favorite presidents and historical events.
He was known for his quick wit, storytelling and his charming and infectious demeanor. Dan never met a stranger, whom he did not immediately consider a friend. He had an uncanny ability to connect on some level with everyone. He will be remembered fondly and greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur, and his mother, Marian. He is survived by his wife Nancy; his four children, Douglas, Jennifer, Lee, and Blake; his four grandchildren, Erin, Paige, Liam and Jackson; his brothers Patrick and Michael, and sister Kathy.
Visitation for Dan will be held on Friday, March 26, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, followed immediately by a memorial service at the funeral home.
A celebration of life will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Daniel J. Morrison’s name to the South Bend–Elkhart Audubon Society, P.O. Box 581, Mishawaka, IN 46546 or to the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN 46507.
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