The children of Steve Morton are saddened to report the passing of their father on July 29, 2017 after suffering from massive stroke. Steve, better known as ‘Salty’ to his closest friends, moved to the Globe area before his senior year in high school. Steve wrestled in the 126 lb. weight class under Coach Pat Harter as a member of the Globe High School Varsity Wrestling Team. Steve placed at the Southern Division Tournament and qualified for the Arizona State Championship his senior year. Steve graduated from Globe High School in 1977 as an honor student and attended both ASU and then the University of Arizona where he studied both general business and pharmacy.
Steve also spent several years in New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Texas where he worked in the oil fields, primarily in the air drilling business. Steve later moved back to Globe where he and his mother owned and operated a very successful video store more commonly known as “Movies to Go” for many years. Steve was well known for his ability to repair video machines as well as various electronic equipment which he did through the business. Following the eventual closure of their video business, Steve went to work for Cobre Valley Motors as Assistant Service Manager for many years. Following the closure of this business, Steve attended Le Cordon Bleu of Phoenix to pursue his dream of becoming a great Chef. Since graduating several years ago, Steve has worked in the culinary business for many fine restaurants located throughout the Phoenix area, as well as in Pinetop, AZ and Telluride, CO.
Steve’s greatest passions were his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to dove hunting with his brothers each Labor Day and trout fishing at Reservation Lake with his children and close friends in the summer. Steve also loved to hunt big game whether it be deer or elk, he didn’t care, as long as he could be by a campfire where he could cook up his catch. Steve loved cooking wild game on the campfire, charcoal stoves, Dutch ovens, or in the ground, it did not matter, he was a great cook. His friends know that if the Good Lord needs a good cook for special feast he will call on Steve to do the job and provide the game If need be.
Steve is survived by his Mother: Myrna Long, Brother: Thomas Morton, Daughters: Jenny, Amy and Richard Morton and Grandchildren: Autumn, Brycen and Hazelee. He is preceded in death by his father Tom Morton, his brother David Morton and his Uncles Jim and Frank Gerrin- longtime businessmen of Globe.
Services will remain within the immediate family in the form of a fishing trip up North in his honor.