Leonard "Len" A. Morgan, LtCol, USAF
(Ret.), 71, passed into eternal life on Tuesday 10/17/06, at Kindred
Hospital in Tucson. Len was born in Alexandria, LA, to F. A. and Nannie
J. (Penny) Morgan. Flying was his goal and love from his youth.
Following graduation from Louisiana State University in 1957, he entered
States Air Force and served his country for more than 20 years, retiring
in 1978. During his fighter-pilot career, he served numerous overseas
assignments, including Germany, Iran and Vietnam where he flew 112 combat
missions. While serving in Iran Len was issued the call sign EP2GG
for his ham activities in that country.
Following his retirement from the
USAF, he worked in the fields of insurance and real estate. Len worked
for the Office of the Maricopa County (AZ) Assessor from 1985 to 1996,
when he retired from his duties as manager of the Commercial Real Property
Div. He was active in amateur radio as K5BGG from 1955 until his death.
He was a lifetime member of The American Radio Relay League, and a member
of the Cochise Amateur Remote Base Assoc., as well as local amateur radio
Len and his wife, LaVon, were
married in Tempe, AZ, and move to Sierra Vista from Mesa in 1997. He was
a member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church and the Huachuca
Lodge #53, F.&A.M. He was a Mason for more than 50 years.
Surviving him are his wife, LaVon;
son, Fred; daughter, Stacey Anfuso; two grandchildren, Jesse Morgan and
Funeral services were held on
10/23/06 at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church followed by interment
with full military honors in the Southern Arizona Veterans' Memorial
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He is loved and missed.
As one of his long-time friends has said "Len was
one of those hams who could hold your attention with his stories of ham
radio, his flying career, how to eat good Louisiana cooking and so many
other subjects. You felt like you could listen forever and he made you
feel like you were a close friend. Sure will miss Len and as he
'Kissing 5 Beautiful Gorgeous Girls'. "