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MORTON, Jr., Frederick George
In Memory of Frederick 'Skip' George Morton Jr. Born to Frederick 'Spud' George Morton Sr. and Elizabeth Morton on July 10, 1939 in Compton, Calif. Moving to Lancaster one year later Fred attended Cedar Ave. School, Sacred Heart and Antelope Valley High School where he played football. After graduating in 1957, Fred started working for Los Angeles County within the Fire Division as a Fire Suppressionist/ Swamper fighting many forest fires. In 1959, Fred volunteered for the draft taking military leave and was assigned to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Division. After serving his country, Fred returned in 1961 and joined the L.A. County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy Sheriff. After a year of service as a Deputy, Fred returned to his first love working for the L.A. County Fire Department as a Fireman. Fred's life long career spanned over 42 years with most of his time spent as a Battalion Chief. Fred had a stroke in June 1999 and had to medically retire. Fred enjoyed reading historical novels, loved sailing and water sports, but also loved teaching at the college level. Fred received his BA at La Verne College and his MPA at Pepperdine University in Malibu. He enjoyed being a member of the Diamond Bar Jaycees for 9 years and being involved in community service. Fred left us on January 13, 2015 after a valiant fight for almost one year. Fred is survived by his sister Patricia Fitzmaurice of Indiana; brother Michael Morton of Colorado; his children, Katheryn, Patrick, and Stephen Morton, Jasmine and Aaron Wilkes; his grandsons, Sean and Charlie; 5 nieces; 2 nephews and many great nieces and nephews. At Fred's request, there was no memorial service and remembrances can be sent to your local chapters of the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Fund.

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