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Leonard A Morgan "Len"

Lt. Colonel


31 Aug 1935 - 17 Oct 2006




Life Member

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 the United 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 groups.

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 Sara Anfuso.

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 Cemetery.

Len's call sign K5BGG is preserved by his son Fred since taking it as a vanity call sign in December 2006.

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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 identified,

'Kissing 5 Beautiful Gorgeous Girls'. "

 Uno Ab Alto