Baty Wilson Morrison
June 20, 1935 ~ May 8, 2016
Viewings: Friday, May 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gillies Funeral Chapel located at 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah; and at the Kotter Canyon LDS Chapel located at 625 North 300 East, Brigham City, Utah on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:40 AM.
Funeral service: Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 AM at the Kotter Canyon LDS Chapel located at 625 North 300 East, Brigham City, Utah
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
Baty Wilson Morrison, 80, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016, after suffering effects of congenital heart disease. He was born on June 20, 1935 to Lucy Baty and Wilson Boden Morrison. His mother passed away less than two months after he was born; Baty was raised by loving family members who taught him to work and love others. Baty married Christine Frost in the Logan LDS Temple on June 8, 1959 enjoying nearly 57 years of marriage. Together they have four boys – Bart (Nicole) and Todd (Melinda) of Idaho Falls, ID; Scott (Haley) of Kaysville, UT; and Kurt of St. George, UT. Growing up in Brigham City, Baty graduated from Box Elder High School in 1954 developing long-lasting friendships and playing football, basketball and baseball. After playing a year of sports at Weber State College, he served an LDS mission in the Northwest States Mission. He then continued his sporting efforts playing baseball at Utah State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Baty has always been a teacher and coach with the sole purpose of building youth to be confident and successful. He taught at the elementary school level throughout his life – both through the school system and Baty’s Daycare Center. Ever since graduating from high school, Baty has spent over 50 years dedicated to coaching youth. He ran many sporting programs for the school and community, held special leagues and tournaments, and taught many to swim through his private swim school. Lovingly known as Mr. Baty, his focus was always on “the one” where his greatest joy was to see each youth identify their talents, build self-confidence, develop a love for others and apply the principles of sport to be successful in life. He loved each individual. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting with family and friends. His light-hearted approach in life was infectious and helped others feel hope and assurance that all will be okay. His faith in the youth and people was built upon a knowledge that our Heavenly Father loves each individual and he worked to treat each person with that love. His faith and hard work led him to tirelessly serve as a stake and ward missionary, youth leader and bishopric member. He and his wife served in the temple and also as proselyting missionaries in Saint Petersburg as part of the Florida Tampa Mission. He sought to serve others in various ways and cherished each relationship developed along the way. Surviving are his wife, Christine; four boys, fourteen grandchildren and two-and-a-half great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to family, friends and neighbors; hospice care providers; and the Willow Glen and Pioneer Nursing Homes for such great love and service. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 AM at the Kotter Canyon LDS Chapel located at 625 North 300 East, Brigham City, Utah. Viewings will be held Friday, May 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gillies Funeral Chapel located at 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah; and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:40 AM. Following the funeral, the interment will be held at the Brigham City Cemetery.
This world is a much better place because of him
Dear Morrison Family, It breaks our hearts to find out about the passing of Baty. He was such a special man and we considered him a dear friend. In fact, we consider ourselves to be very blessed to have known and been associated with the Morrison Family. I know that Baty went out of his way for several of our children. I loved working with Todd when I helped run the Jr. Jazz program and he would always be so willing to help me with officiating and he was so fun and sweet with the kids. We got to know and love Scott when he coached Heidi in basketball. And of course we know Kirk because he was the same age as Ryan. You have such an amazing family and we know how proud Baty was of each of you. He also knew that he was twice the man because of his beautiful wife and companion. Our condolences go out to each of you and we pray for peace at this time. We are grateful and honored to have known Baty and your family. May the Lord bless you all! Rod and Patti Romander and Family
The world lost a great man. One who was willing to try and make a difference... Who did things for the right reasons and cared deeply about kids...not only the talented ones but all of them. I can't tell you how much respect I have for that man and the size of his heart. He did it for all the kids....he coached all comers. We swam a his house, played 3 on 3, played in his tournaments for years. He made playing affordable helping players at all levels. He made everyone feel like you'd known him all your life. He was selfless and had a sense of humor that made me feel like I was talking to my grandpa and my best friend at the same time. He never stopped being a kid... In a sense he never had to grow up. He used basketball and baseball as a vehicle, a way to connect with others, to impact lives and he put on every tournament like it was his first, to make it special. I've kept all the trophies (most of which don't match) to keep the memories close.
Christine, Sandra & I wish we could be with you today. But, we can not. May your day go well. We have lots of wonderful Baty memories filling our minds. Especially the special attention Baty gave to Les in his senior years. We are grateful for the life of Baty - a forever friend. May the Lord bless you.
Sandra and Ross Dredge
Mr. Morrison (as I knew him in the mid 70's) was a very good man. He was a dedicated teacher and coach. He tough me to pitch and for that I am grateful. It has been 40 years since I last interacted with Mr. Morrison, but I am thankful I had the time with him that I did.