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Obituary for Mr. Morgan King

August 4, 1954 - June 13, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 63

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Morgan King (Clarence Morgan King, Jr.) died June 13, 2018 from complications following heart surgery. He was 63 years old. Morgan was born August 4, 1954 in San Antonio to Clarence Morgan King, Sr. "Sonny" and Georgia Eleanor (Napier) King. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Carroll, his brother, Robert King and sister in law, Michelle King, many cousins, nieces and nephews and his sweet cats, Lal, Sarjenko and Wynnie. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Morgan was an internationally respected professional musician and music educator. He was a full time faculty member at UTSA for 25 years and also taught at St. Mary's University and San Antonio College. He played tenor saxophone primarily and doubled on alto and soprano sax, clarinet, flute and piccolo. Locally, he was a highly sought-after freelance musician and played Broadway shows and San Antonio Symphony pops concerts at the Majestic Theater. He also played with regional orchestras, the Mid-Texas Symphony and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. His latest endeavor was his band, the Morgan King Quartet, concentrating on the music of John Coltrane.

Morgan grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music and completed independent studies at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He later earned his Master's Degree from Texas State University. Morgan's time in Boston shaped the kind of professional musician and teacher he was to become. He took advantage of the great venues and musicians who were playing in Boston every night and soaked up as much live music as he could. He loved teaching. Professor King inspired his students through his own love and dedication to music, especially jazz. He taught from his own experience as a working musician. He shared stories of his travels with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and tours of Europe and the Far East with Eartha Kitt. His first hand experience engaged and entertained his students. He was a composer, arranger and an author. He also recorded extensively. Morgan always thought of himself as a student and he practiced his instrument every day.

He had a razor-sharp intellect and found great joy in learning. He was well read in a variety of subjects and could wax poetically on everything from John Coltrane and the jazz masters, to the Boston Red Sox, to Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance. He even delighted friends with his mastery of card manipulation and sleight of hand techniques. Morgan's adventurous nature and curiosity led him to take helicopter flying lessons in 2010 and in 2013 he was certified as a pilot. He also taught ground school to students at Helicopter Experts in Bulverde.

Morgan King was a mentor, friend, colleague, husband, brother, uncle and a most generous and beautiful person who will be well-remembered by all who knew him.

A gathering of friends and family will be held June 25, 2018 at Luna Fine Music Club from 7-10pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Mary's University Morgan King Scholarship Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/jhxy4z-morgan-king-scholarship .

"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." – Chuckles the Clown

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