Garry Jerome McMorris was born on September 11, 1953, in Ferriday, Louisiana. He is the youngest of three
sons born to Alean and Lenfield McMorris Sr. Garry later moved to San Diego, CA with his mother and two
older brothers; where he graduated from American Business College.
Gary is a proud veteran of the United States Navy, where he served for more than five years. Gary was no
stranger to holding physically demanding jobs. He worked for the City of San Diego Water Department for
over 20 years. It’s important to note, he also worked for the Veteran Affairs in La Jolla, Ca for 12 years. Those
closest to Garry can often attest to his hard work ethic. It was not uncommon for Garry to work from sun up
to sun down or until his body physically couldn’t take anymore.
Often described as tough-as-nails, he was whip-smart; and could give you a tongue-lashing for days. He
was also caring, and very loyal to those he cared about. Once Gary made up that he would have your back,
he would have your back for life. He loved being outdoors, going to the casino, and making people laugh.
Furthermore, he kept people rolling in laughter with the truthful recounting of the outlandish stories he told.
Stories of the past adventures that he had with his brother Lenfield Jr. cuttin’ up all over San Diego.
As the life he lived began to catch up with him in age. He didn’t let it slow him down, he fought until the
very end. Garry is survived by his daughters Charmaine and Renece McMorris; grandchildren Charmoune,
Chanel, Zedrick Jr. Martin, and Rosaria Sylvers. Additionally, he is survived by his beloved dog Ruffie.
"The soldier's heart, the soldier's spirit, the soldier's soul, are everything"
~ G. Marshall
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