In Memoriam: Former IASB President Stanton E. MorganOctober 11, 2011
IASB Past President Stanton E. Morgan, of Champaign, Illinois, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 77.
He served on the Bismarck-Henning School Board from 1979 to 1999, serving terms as vice president and president. He also served as a director or officer of the Illinois Association of School Boards for 12 years, including two years as Association president in 1994 and 1995.
He noted in 2003 that one of the most important developments during his presidency was changing the board’s governance model, which also became the basis for training school board members in policy governance that is still used today.
Also during his tenure, state legislation was adopted that created the district waiver process and “tax caps” for the collar counties around Chicago.
Morgan was very active in community events and organizations throughout his life.
For many years, Stan was a sports statistician and timer at Bismarck and was a timer for the Illinois State Wrestling Championships. He served a term as president of the Workers Comp Property Casualty Board in Chicago and for 15 years as president of the Vermilion Farm Service and then served on the Illini F S board for 1 year. He was a member of the Bismarck Lions Club for 30 years and the North Fork River Maintenance Board for 10 years.
More recently, Morgan was a member of the Champaign County Park Foundation Board, the Illini Quarterback Club and board, the Illini Courtsiders Club and board and was a member of the Illini Rebounders Club. He worked as a porter at Worden Martin from 2002 to present.
He served in the Army for two years and was a member of the Old Guard stationed in Fort Meyer, Va. This unit was responsible for guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery and marching in parades for dignitaries. He recalled the honor of marching in a parade for Queen Elizabeth and serving as one of the Honor Guards for President Eisenhower.
After years of dairy farming in McLean, Illinois, the family moved to Rossville and at one point was farming 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans.
Born Sept. 7, 1934, to Ralph C. Morgan and Pauline Taylor Morgan, Morgan was one of 10 children. He and his wife of 46 years, Sheryl (Michaels) were “parents” of Karen (Alan) Metzen Campbell of Bismarck and Judie (Rick) Metzen Wiltshire of Manteno. Their older brother, Mike Metzen and his wife Ann Wright of Fithian, were also a special part of their lives. Through these families, the Morgans had seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
He is also survived by three brothers and five sisters: Ralph (Carol) and John (Maralee) of Normal and Rick (Lisa) of Champaign, Sue (Eldon) Johnson of Normal, Judy (Mike) Green of Rossville, Joyce (Stan) Changnon of Mahomet, Paulette (Jack) Morgan Mara of Concord, Mass., and Pam (Rich) Mihm of Champaign.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nephews; sisters-in-law, Jan Morgan of Hoopeston, Janice (Harry) Dellinger of Normal and his father-in-law, Gerald Michaels of Waynesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David.
Services were being handled by the Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy. Contributions may be made to the Savoy United Methodist Church, the Mills Cancer Center at Carle or a charitable organization of the donor's choice.
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