Charlie Emil Morrell dies at age of 56
Charlie Emil Morrell, 56, of Alma passed away on Sept. 20, 2005 with his wife at his bedside at the Care Center Hospice in Aurora.Morrell was born on July 18, 1949 in Babylon, NY. He grew up in Nebraska and, after graduating from Omaha’s Westside High School in 1967, moved with his VW van to Colorado. He studied math, art, photography and welding at the University of Colorado Denver, and was married in December 1971 to Beverly McCullough from Grand Rapids, Minn.He was an original, one-of-a-kind, fun-loving person who was always learning something new. He had many and varied interests, and because of his good nature and playfulness, made friends wherever he was and from people of all walks of life. His passions were art, photography, music, reading, gardening, family and friends. Morrell was an Eagle Scout and greatly enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing.
He had strong and vocal opinions about people and politics and sometimes it got him into trouble, but more often was understood as pure Charlie Morrell by those who knew him. Morrell had many interesting jobs, from traveling by bus across the U.S. with rock ‘n’ roll bands, to taking photos and doing light shows for Bill Graham at The Fillmore in Denver and San Francisco in the 1960s. He was a groundskeeper/maintenance foreman at CU Boulder in the 1970s, where he took great pride in caring for 50 acres of lawn, lakes, trees, shrubs, flowers and 15 buildings on campus. He worked in the ski industry in the 1980s and 1990s in lift operations/maintenance and as golf course foreman at Copper Mountain and Breckenridge ski areas. He loved snowmobiling and was pleased when asked to train and certify employees at Breckenridge to drive snowmobiles. His ski area labors gave him the chance to realize a dream come true – the means to buy he and his wife’s first home in 1988 at 10,578 feet at the base of Mount Bross in Park County.
Good fortune came again for Morrell in 1992 when he met photographer Al Weber. This meeting and the many ensuing friendships had a major impact on the rest of Morrell’s life and his art. Morrell’s experience with Weber allowed him to travel with camper and cameras all over the West with his pals. He especially liked gathering images in the Great American Desert and on the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Morro Bay and Carmel. During the long winters living in the mountains, Morrell felt compelled to embrace the digital age and learned PhotoShop and designing websites. E-mail was his lifeline and kept him in touch with friends from all over the world. Morrell would get up before dawn to create new art each morning, select a current odd, unusual or amusing newspaper article and incorporate the Morrell spin in it. He found interesting and fun links to put on the website, and his commentary on current events and politics were expected by those who visited daily (www.morrellphotoworks.com). Morrell gave other photographers a place to display their work as a member of the League of Obscure Photographers that he created on his website, and was always delighted whenever anyone asked to become a member. Morrell’s life was lived well and to the fullest. His friends describe him as a terrific person, talented and kind, and good to his friends. He lived in the present and the way he wanted.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife and constant companion of 34 years, Beverly Morrell; parents, Johanna and Wilson Morrell; father-in-law, Lester McCullough; brothers- and sisters-in law David and Connie McCullough and their children, Luke and Erin and Richard and Colleena McCullough; as well as his kitty companions, Bart and Muffin. No funeral service is planned as that wasn’t Morrell’s way or wish. There will be memorials in the future to celebrate Morrell’s life. In the meantime, please ” … drift by” his website occasionally. He’d really like that!In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dwight Brill Celebration of Life Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 8313, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
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