Jacob Ned Morton passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the age of 34. Jacob was born Sept. 21, 1982, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Tooele High School in 2001 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter, serving 15 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Brigette Morton; his pride and joy, Logan Hunter Morton; parents Robert and Glenda Morton; sister Mary Alison Pierce (Jared); brothers: Jason Morton (Corinne), Danny Morton (Holly) and Joe Morton; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Brigette’s family greatly loved Jake — which, to have your in-laws like you, is quite an accomplishment. Amy Francis and Mike Mercado, we thank you and all the cousins, aunts and uncles on Brigette’s side.
During Jake’s 15 years of military service, he traveled the world and made many friends. All have expressed great love and sadness at his passing. He served his country well and took pride in his many assignments.
Everyone loved Jacob instantly. He was the epitome of a hard exterior, but he was a softy and sweet panda on the inside. He loved running, spicy food and should have started his own contracting company, as he was the best handyman in the home.
His laugh was contagious and he was the biggest goofball. He had a way of making you feel like you were the only person in a full, busy room. He will be missed and never forgotten.
To say Jake was obsessed with his only child, Logan, is an understatement. Logan is best known to daddy as “monkey,” “monkey bones” and “grumpy Gus.” He had never been so proud of anything more in his life than holding his baby boy in his arms. Fatherhood to him was waking up in the middle of the night for a change, feeding, cuddling, bathing, belly tickles, 200 kisses a day and watching him sleep in complete awe that Logan is his.
Though his back would hurt, rocking Logan to sleep standing up was his favorite duty, as they both looked out the balcony watching the sun set. Jake’s happiest day was the day Logan was born, Jan. 4, 2017, and Logan was his greatest accomplishment.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017, beginning with visitation at 2 p.m., and services starting at 3 p.m. at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main Street, Tooele, Utah, 84074. In lieu of flowers please donate to gofundme.com/jakemorton, created on Logan’s behalf.
And in the words of Jacob: “SLAYER!!!!!”