Thomas Jackson Morton
Thomas Jackson Morton
  • October 29, 1937 - August 11, 2017
  • Coppell, Texas

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Tom Morton, former Mayor of the City of Coppell, died August 11, 2017 after suffering failing health for many years. Tom was born in Fort Worth, TX to Katherine and George Morton on October 29, 1937. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio/Television from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961. While in college, he worked at KTBC in Austin (Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson’s radio/television station). Following college, he served in the Army Signal Corps participating in Vietnam, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

His business career included Advertising Executive and Founder/CEO of a direct mail company. After becoming a teacher at Houston Community College in Real Estate, he authored several college textbooks in Real Estate Finance. He continued his teaching career as Real Estate Professor at North Lake College in Irving, TX. During his tenure at North Lake College, he received an Academic Specialist grant to serve as consultant to the Riga School of Commerce in Latvia to aid in the development of their Business and Banking Education. Tom’s civic involvement was extensive: for the City of Coppell, Mayor (1993-1997) and Councilman (1986-1993), Member of the Lions Club, Chairman of the Board of the Coppell International Music Exchange; Legislative Assistant to TX State Representative Jim Earthman; Past Chairman of the Board of Governors Las Colinas Medical Center; Member of the Board of Directors Greater Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors Metrocrest Hospital Authority (1985-1993). In recent years, Tom became a member of Texas MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio Systems), a sponsored program of the Department of Defense. The MARS program consists of licensed amateur radio operators who contribute to the MARS mission of providing auxiliary or emergency communications on a local, national, and international basis as an adjunct to normal communications.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Annette; son Mark Morton (Wendy); daughter Catherine Bortz (Brad); and grandchildren, Peter and Andrew Morton and Josh and Lindey Bortz. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project to help those who have served and their families.