Donald Curtis Morse

August 11, 2021
Donald Curtis Morse

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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
    Tor Harvey says:
    Dear family and friends. We are deeply sadden by your loss. Don was a remarkable man whom we greatly appreciated and will miss dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace dear friend. Anita & Tor (from Norway)

  • August 26, 2021
    Craig & Jane Flood says:
    He set a very fine example to follow. Don was a pleasure to work with. I will remember him for his kindness and friendship and professionalism. Craig

  • August 26, 2021
    Kristin Jacobsen says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Don at J7. His warmth and kindness will always be remembered. Don's impact in the world, professionally and personally, is without measure.

  • August 26, 2021
    Mirek says:
    My sincere condolences. R.I.P

  • August 26, 2021
    LTC Peter E. Westenkirchner, DEU Army, MSc Ed says:
    I sincerely regret Don's passing away as a good friend of mine and dedicated promoter of multinational activity. This comes very surprisingly and I very much hope that Don's family and loved ones are taken care of. In loving memory of a friend and brother in arms.