Martin B. Morse

February 13, 1931 - September 27, 2012

Martin B. Morse

February 13, 1931 - September 27, 2012


Martin B. Morse passed away on September 27, 2012. Marty was born in 1931 to Art and Marian Morse in Bellingham, WA. He remained a life- long resident of Bellingham.
Marty is survived by his three children, Bryan (Colleen), Tim (Erica) and Susan (Jim), two grandchildren, Mallory and Stacie, Sister Patty (Mike) and numerous other precious nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen, his parents and brother.
Marty was a 1949 graduate of Bellingham High School and was an Air Force Veteran of the Air National Guard stationed in Alaska. He went on to be hired with the Bellingham Fire Department in 1953. He worked his way from pipe man through driver, Captain and Battalion Chief. In 1955 he married his wife of 49 years, Ellen. After retiring from the Bellingham Fire Department in 1984, Marty worked a few years with the Bellingham Parkade as a security attendant. He served the City of Bellingham for 35 years of distinguished public service.
He and Ellen went on to tour the United States and take in their favorite sights. He always enjoyed bowling, the firemens ball, baseball games, playing cards at the casino and watching his cowboy shows on TV. He spent a lot of time attending his grandchildrens school events. He enjoyed working with Ellen in their yard full of flowers. Even though he retired from the Fire Dept., Marty always kept the Bellingham Fire Department Family as a top priority in his life. Until his death he could still tell you the color of the shutters on a house from a fire in the 1970s, and if he was really on his game, he could reel off all the street names in alphabetical order within the city limits. His dedication was unsurpassed.
After Ellen passed, Marty found his calling assisting retired Fire fighters that were in care centers. He went every day to visit all the guys around the city. He would be their advocate for anything they needed. He loved getting together with the retired firefighters and telling old stories. He was unstoppable at a memorial service or BBQ with an open mike. He often provided support for the new firefighters with his many stories of experience and occasionally did television demonstrations for Medic One safety announcements. Marty had a great sense of humor and would always share it with whomever he met. You could always depend on a big smile and a hand shake.
He would want you to remember him with smiles and laughter for that is how he will remember all of you! We will all miss Dad so very much. He is now at peace and will able to be with our Mom once again and continue their adventure.
A celebration of Martys life with a luncheon to follow will take place on Wednesday, October 10, at 11:00 AM, at Moles Farewell Tributes-Bellingham, corner of Lakeway and Woburn. Please join us to share in some stories and laughter.
A special thanks to St. Francis Extended Care Facility staff for their gracious care and such kindness and to Dr. Steven Bloom and his staff for his hope filled visits and continuous care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Martys name may be made to Bellingham Medic One 1800 Broadway, Bellingham, WA 98225.
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A celebration of Martys life with a luncheon to follow will take place on Wednesday, October 10, at 11:00 AM, at Moles Farewell Tributes-Bellingham, corner of Lakeway and Woburn.

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10 responses to Martin B. Morse

  1. Rita Perry says:

    To the loving Sons,Daughter & all the dear Family & the painful loss of your dearly loved Marty. He lived such a full life of service to others in the profession he was so good at. He will be sorely missed by all who knew & loved him. I would like to offer my sympathy & a measure of comfort,hope & peace at this difficult time.

  2. Jim and Sue, we understand now how Sue became the extra special person she is with having such a wonderful dad. He will never be forgotten. You are as blessed to have had him as a father as he was to have you as his daughter. Our hearts and condolences are with you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers, most of all, our love…Gary and June

  3. Dear Family, We will truly miss your father’s visits in the neighborhood. He was a kind man who cared for those around him. We will miss the myraid of colors his beautiful flowers provided whenever we drove down Sunset.

  4. Bill Boyd says:

    Marty was my first battalion chief when I was hired 29 years ago. I remember his cigar, stained white chief shirt, his calm presence on the fire ground and his love for the fire department and all of Bellingham. On behalf of the Bellingham Fire Department, we thank Marty for his service, love and passion for our community. Thanks for the memories Chief!
    Bill Boyd, Fire Chief, Bellingham Fire Department

  5. John says:

    Tim, Bryan & Family, I’m sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a great man and will always be remembered. My sympathy goes out to allof your family.

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