Gene "Bud" Morrow, 82, longtime resident of Orinda California and Ely Minnesota, dies

Gene "Bud" Morrow, 82, longtime resident of Orinda California and Ely Minnesota, died September 27, 2017 with his family at his side after a battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Gene was born January 11, 1935 and raised in Ely Minnesota. He was the youngest of seven children of Steve and Jenny Moravitz. He attended elementary, high school and Vermillion Junior College in Ely, before going on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a degree in business and economics. From the age of sixteen he was a fishing guide for Bill Zup Sr. He loved the outdoors and found guiding was a great way to meet people and earn money to put himself through school. While waiting to be drafted, he taught business classes at a school in Embarrass, Minnesota. He spent two years in the army and was selected to be a cryptographer, stationed in New York where he discovered the city life.

After finishing his time in the army, he came to Chicago, where he met up with people he had taken on guided fishing trips in the years before. One of those people, was his future father-in-law. While looking for a job and a place to live, Gene was introduced to Susan Stewart, home from college for a visit with her parents. The two were married in 1961 and they had a long loving relationship for 55 years.

In Chicago, Gene started working for George F. Brown and Sons Insurance. Initially, a field sales representative, he was later transferred to New York as an assistant branch manager followed by an offer to open a new office for the firm in San Francisco. In 1967, Gene and Sue moved their young family, which now included Mathew and David, to Orinda, California. In
1979 he started E.M. Morrow Insurance General Agency, which specialized in commercial property and casualty. He remained there until his retirement in 1999. People trusted Gene, consequently his business grew rapidly and was hugely successful. While working diligently, he still managed to travel the globe and discovered many places with Sue.

A renowned fisherman and lover of the outdoors, Gene returned to his hometown and purchased a cabin on Burntside Lake in Ely. He and his family spent 25 wonderful years enjoying saunas, swimming, fishing and canoe trips into the Quetico Park and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. They traveled through many lakes, crossed many portages and caught a lot of fish! Living seven months in Orinda and five months in Minnesota the couple enjoyed the best of both worlds. In Orinda, Gene was active in many community activities, including Big Brothers of East Bay, a timer for the Meadows Swim and Tennis club and various committees in Orinda.

Gene is survived by his loving wife Susan, sons Matt (K.C.) and Dave (Sue), five grandchildren and one great grandson. They all take comfort in knowing that Gene is now enjoying great portages in the sky.