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 23, 2021
    Mike Gallagher says:
    It's remarkable that Don was able to touch my life so profoundly, considering the limited time I was able to be around him. As "allies" within the JS J7, JPRA and the APFDD team held a unique union over the past few years. Don's belief and support of the Personnel Recovery mission was key to a successful relationship, and was palpable in every engagement. He was kind, thoughtful, gracious and forthright in every instance I had the opportunity to share with him, and his departure from our lives was felt instantly, and will remain a loss we'll struggle to overcome. Thank you, Don, for leaving this world better than you found it, we here at JPRA are grateful for all you have done for our mission, and for us, personally. My heartfelt condolences to Don's family, his friends, and the APFDD team.

  • August 23, 2021
    Mitsunobu (Mitch) Sugimoto says:
    Don was a well-intentioned and highly-motivated person. I always respected his enthusiam and professionalism on his duty as a leader. it has been great honor for me to work with him. He loved his family, colleagues, the country he served, and also my country, Japan as well. He was a man full of love. May his soul Rest In Peace.

  • August 23, 2021
    Shaun Thomas says:
    Don was a consummate professional, a friend to be treasured, a huge advocate of Multinational Cooperation, and one hell of a boss. There are not many in this world who have had the personal impact on my life that Don has had. Rest easy, we have the watch.

  • August 23, 2021
    Pavel Rys (Czechia) says:
    I and my wife Katerina are very sad about the loss of the great man Don. In my memory remains Don as a man who "loves his job". I heard this sentence from him many times and this encompassed also all FLO´s for whom he was excellent leader and friend to. His integration effort was unbelievable and friendship inexhaustible. It was my honor to serve with him. My sincerest condolence to his family. Rest in Peace.

  • August 23, 2021
    Andrea and Zoltan Barany says:
    Don Morse was a gentlemen first of all. His strong and true character made him an outstanding leader, a good friend and also a pillar in his communities. He loved his children most but so many others had a place in his heart. Our world will not be the same without him. You will be greatly missed my friend. Our deepest condolences to the family.