Carl Hubert Morley
Carl Hubert Morley passed away on March 20 due to complications of pneumonia. Although he was born in Los Angeles and spent his early years in Arcadia, he lived most of his life in the desert because of his asthma. “Enough” said his lungs; “Enough” said his mind as he courageously chose to discontinue medical assistance.
A celebration of Carl’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, March 30, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 Las Flores Ave. This will be a casual spring-themed event honoring his love for his community and music.
Carl’s love for Ridgecrest and its people and music was evident throughout his life. He graduated from Burroughs High School in the class of 1949. His first piano lessons were from his mother, who taught piano in the home, and when he moved to Ridgecrest he earned the lessons by working in the White Star Mine office of Mrs. Ruth Kirley.
He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for two years until his asthma became worse. The best part of those two years was when he met Louise. He lived summers in China Lake, living with his grandparents and working on base as a janitor and heavy-duty laborer.
Carl married Louise in 1953 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State in 1954 with physics and education majors and a strong minor in mathematics. At both Cal Poly and Arizona State he loved playing in the marching bands. Nearly everywhere he went to school he became a part of a dance band, earning extra money to help with college expenses.
He taught all the sciences in a small high school in Benson, Ariz. The Morleys’ two boys, Rick and Mark, were born nearby in Tombstone. He quit in 1956 because of all the knives and guns in the classroom and no means of control.
He took a job at Convair in Palmdale as a special-courses instructor for the F-102 and F-106 aircraft. This provided him with four years of pleasant teaching environments. Daughter Jeanette was born in nearby Lancaster. This aircraft business went bust in 1960, so Carl came to China Lake as a physicist or “soda jerk” as he called it, living first on base and later buying a home in Ridgecrest. He and Louise participated in square dancing for many years.
Carl and Louise purchased the local Hallmark store in 1986 and changed the name to Lou’s Hallmark in 1989. They greatly enjoyed meeting many members of the community. They also enjoyed many interesting trips to gift shows in Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois and Florida. The store was closed in December 2006.
After retiring in 1989, Carl had time to teach piano. This was one of his most enjoyable and rewarding experiences. He served as secretary for the Indian Wells Valley Concert Association for about three years. He was a member of the High Desert Music Teachers Association since about 1980 and was emcee for the annual ensemble recital for many years.
One of Carl’s favorite entertainments came when young nieces, nephews or grandchildren visited. He would introduce them to the art of running battle with water guns.
Carl always enjoyed capturing friends in conversation at the local stores. His family sends out appreciation to all of you who have been so kind and supportive during his ups and downs the past couple of years.
Carl is survived by Louise, with whom he shared nearly 60 years; sons Rick and Mark; daughter Jeanette; brother Bill; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Indian Wells Valley Concert Association, the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society – Student Program, the High Desert Teachers Association, the Desert Community Orchestra Association or the Maturango Museum.
Submitted by the family of Carl MorleyStory First Published: 2013-03-27