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Bev Morgan, a pioneer has passed

Discussion in 'Passings' started by Akimbo, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    I received the very sad news from Christopher Swann (ScubaBoard's @Oceanaut) on Tuesday that Bev Morgan passed away. This notice is on the homepage of the Kirby Morgan Website:

    The Morgan family and the Kirby Morgan team wish to thank everyone for their condolences and kind thoughts on the passing of the company co-founder, Bev Morgan.

    It was Bev's explicit wish that there be no public service or memorial on his passing, and the Morgan family will comply with his wishes.

    Donations in Bev's memory can be made to the following three nonprofit organizations that Bev supported: The Historical Diving Society, Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences, and The Bob Christensen Memorial Scholarship.

    Thank you,
    The Morgan Family​
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  2. DontheDiver

    DontheDiver Garibaldi

    What sad news. Another outstanding beacon has been taken from us. I had the pleasure of chatting with him on a exhibition stand quite a few years ago. Rest in Peace Sir.
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  3. Bob Evans

    Bob Evans Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Santa Barbara, California USA
    Bev, Morgan was my mentor since 1966. Helped support my Force Fin ...long story. Connie Morgan is like my little sister...family
  4. Stephanie Harmon

    Stephanie Harmon Angel Fish

    This is a sad news. Another amazing person gone to rest for good.
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    It's always sad to lose a pioneer.
  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    I cant recall where or when I first met Bev Lee Morgan....

    I think it was after he an others returned from that ill fated round the world trip that totally disintegrated in Tahiti.
    Bev and his shipmates Ramsey Parks and "Platzi" (Lorenzo) Miller purchased a rundown WW!! Quonset hut near the then Abalone processing plant in bucolic Newport beach,

    It was a small unit, Certainly not large enough for three divers and their equipment - but it was secure and was a roof over their heads. Never the less it needed it to be larger, with private rooms for each of them, so they contacted the city who denied their request to modify the hut in any way.

    A short time later I dropped by after my Saturday dive at Laguna beach and they were all busy laying a concrete block perimeter foundation, which they were covering with debris as fast as they could lay the concrete blocks forming the foundation-- camouflaging it from the eyes of city officials,

    The following week the concrete flooring and all the plumbing was installed and promptly camouflaged.

    Several weeks later I received a telephone call -- "If you are not busy bring your hammer and meet on Saturday at the hut as early as possible ." I arrived and the project just getting underway.... Divers and surfers were gathering for .an illegal modern "Barn raising." We tipped up painted prefabricated walls and nailed away- placed the prefabricated roof in place, Planted a few plants and tossed dirt on the addition to create the illusion that it had been there since WW11 but lost the war.

    Bev, Ramsey and Platzi moved in to their new "digs'" and lived there several years until Romance, Academic position and Business and a lured them away one by one.

    Bev fell in love with a lovely local nurse Marilyn Winterhalter aka "Mary Sumnerstopper" and was married for the second time. Concurrently he was perfecting his Oral Nasal dive mask which was loosely based on local Phil Widoff's mask Phil's mask but was never totally perfected like Bev's mask.
    I ended up with one of Bev's first mask 008 which I still have , now packed away for safe keeping

    <<< Marilyn was a good friend of my ex room mate Joe MC Cabe girl friend. Joe died on the recovery of a 7000 pound anchor on June 4,1950 - Joe's girl friend was so distraught at losing Joe that she took he own life. It was Marilyn Winterhalter who went to her home and discovered her in the garage - >>>

    Ramsey became the director of the Santa Barbara City College Marine Science program until he passed away at the age of 39 of a massive heart attack .

    Platzi established a very successful Newport Beach commercial diving Company SEA= Submarine Engineering Associates which he operated until his passing

    Those were the "Daz of our dives " -- experienced by only a few which will never ever be experienced again

    Sam Miller, 111
    @Bob Evans
    @Trace Malinowski
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018
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  7. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
    Wow! Very sorry to hear this. I keep forgetting how much time passes. Our pioneers lived incredible lives.
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  8. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018
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