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Dr. Patrick J. Morgan D.D.S., 78

Apr 27, 2012

Patrick J. Morgan D.D.S.

Elmore Dr. Patrick J. Morgan D.D.S., age 78, of?Elmore, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Robert Herman and Rev. Leo Koppala officiated. Burial will be in the Church of the Japanese Martyrs Cemetery, Leavenworth. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Patrick J. Morgan was born May 18, 1933, at Olivia, the son of Thomas and Alice (Clancy) Morgan. Pat earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Agricultural Economics and then served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. Following his military service he attended the University of Minnesota Dental School, graduating in 1962.

In 1963, “Doc” began his dental and orthodontics practice in Elmore, where he served the public for 37 years. He was married to Rita L. Mathiowetz on Aug. 7, 1965, in Leavenworth. Together they raised three children in Elmore.

“Doc” was active in his community as a member of the: Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Elmore School Board, Elmore Business and Professional Men’s Club, National Ski Patrol. He also served as President of Southern District Dental Society and was co-founder of the Minn-Iowa Golf Course. He was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Pat’s greatest joy was his family. Times at the cabin and ski trips out west are especially memorable. Pat was a sports enthusiast, both as a participant and a spectator. He never missed a chance to watch his kids during their sports careers. He loyally followed the Twins and Gophers, and was always ready to play some catch, swing a club or cast a line.

He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Rita; two sons, Dr. Paul Morgan (spouse, Dr. Rita Miller), of Winona, and Dan Morgan, of La Crosse, Wis.; daughter, Maria (Jamin Marks), of Orono; brother, Dr. George Morgan (Kathy) ; sisters, Peggy (Keith Dyre), Ann (Tom Mack), and Donna (Lynn Wulf); brother-in-law, Dr. Tom Newman; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Morgan; and his five grandchildren: Mary Morgan, Megan Morgan, Patrick Morgan, Aidan Marks and Owen Marks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Morgan; and sister, Mary Newman.

Pat had a kind soul and a generous heart. He led by example, went out of his way to help others and was always a gentleman. Those fortunate enough to know Pat treasure the time they had with him.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com