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March 05th, 2021

clarence morrisJOHNSON – Clarence J. Morris, (also known as Arkie and Coach Morris), 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson. 

He was born April 20, 1935 to Clarence “Chuck” and Hazel (Amen) Morris in Guymon, Okla.

He married Emeryl Windmill July 25, 1953 in Johnson. She preceded him in death.

He was a coach, teacher, and bus driver for USD 452.  In his 39 years as an educator and coach at Stanton County High School, he was one of the most successful cross country and track coaches in Kansas High School history. Among his accomplishments are: the Hall of Fame 2003 Teacher and Coach, State Competition KSHSAA: Boys and Girls Track, Boys and Girls Cross Country, and Boys Basketball earning 30 State Championships, 24 State Runner-ups, 18 Third-place finishes, KCA Coach of the Year six times, NFICA District V: National Coach of the Year 1984-1991-1997. 

He also worked for Stanton County Recreation and ran the swimming pool for 46 years. 

Survivors include children: Leilah Butt and husband, Vernon, Manter, Larry Morris and wife, Trish, Johnson, Doug Morris and wife, Natasha, Lamar, Colo., and Brenda Wolf and husband, Troy, Johnson; brother, Mearl Morris, Johnson; sisters, Betty Barber, Johnson, and Judy Figgins and husband, Jay, Longdale, Okla.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Joyce Bezona.

• Private funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson with Pastor Mary Courtney presiding. The funeral service will also be streamed on Garnand Funeral Home’s Facebook page. 

A public burial will follow at the Stanton County Cemetery with Masonic Rites. The public is encouraged to wear masks and social distance. 

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at Garnand Funeral Home in Johnson. 

Memorials are suggested to the Stanton County Cross Country Team in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 715, Johnson, KS  67855. 

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