Donald Curtis Morse

August 11, 2021
Donald Curtis Morse

Donald Curtis Morse, 59, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on August 11, 2021. Mr. Morse worked for the US Joint Staff Directorate for Joint Force Development (J-7) as Chief of the Allies and Partners Force Development (APFD) Division after retiring from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel. He served for more than 25 years in a multitude of staff and command positions. One of the highlights of his career was Commander, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as well as participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A native of Shelbyville, Kentucky, he graduated from Western Kentucky University as well as numerous Service schools, and is very proud to have received a diploma from the Norwegian National Defense College (Forsvarets Høgskole) in Oslo, Norway.  He was extremely proud of receiving the Spanish Navy Cross Merit Medal.

In addition to his outstanding contributions to our military, he was also an Associate Member of First Baptist Church in West Point, Virginia, and a member of both the US Marine Tankers Association, American Legion & other various organizations.

Mr. Morse loved God, watching trains, playing board games, and gem collecting, but most importantly he loved his family, friends, and spending time with his loved ones.

He is survived by his son, Curtis Morse, daughters; Lauren Morse, Macy Morse, Eliza Morse; parents Jonathan & Lula Morse, siblings; Linda Pursell, Deborah Morse, David Morse, Alex Morse; & multitude of extended family.

A service will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 2PM at First Baptist Church, 414 Main Street, West Point, VA, 23181. Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bucktrout Funeral Home is assisting with services.


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  • August 24, 2021
    Jim Hill (UK) says:
    A true gentleman and friend to many across the globe. His loss will leave a hole in the lives of all that have had the privilege of calling him friend. My condolences to all of his family and loved ones at this most difficult time.

  • August 23, 2021
    Charlotte & Michael Mouritsen - Denmark says:
    To Don's family and friends. We are so very sorry for your loss and you have our deepest sympathy. Don was such a wonderful person and he made a lasting impression on everyone he knew and met. The world will not be the same without him, and we fell blessed to have known him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace, Don. Love from Charlotte & Michael - Denmark

  • August 23, 2021
    Robert Sederowski, Colonel, Polish Armed Forces says:
    Rest in Peace Sir. It was great privilege to meet You.

  • August 23, 2021
    Tina Smiley lit a candle:
    Lit since August 23, 2021 at 8:39:57 PM

  • August 23, 2021
    David Schnabel says:
    My deep condolences to Don’s family and all his friends and colleagues around the world he influenced, motivated and led. He was always kind, open minded and beautiful person… I learned a lot from him. Thank you Don. Rest in Peace…