Gary E. Morin, age 80 of Northeast Minneapolis MN, passed away Monday Nov. 27, 2017. Survived by his beloved wife Maria Mancuso; sister Nancy Morin; cousin Ronnie Morin; daughters Wendy, Kelly and Sally Morin; granddaughter Jamaica Hines; and many other family and friends. Despite a long history of health challenges Gary never lost his upbeat outlook and creative, humorous spirit.
A Minnesotan by birth, Gary was a Californian for nearly 20 years.
Gary earned a BA in English from University of Minnesota before he assumed his first social work position in Hibbing on the Iron Range. He then married Sharon Morin and moved to California. Educated with a MS in Social Work at San Diego State in 1968, he eventually moved to SLO County and worked for the County of San Luis Obispo as a Social worker.
With his young family, he broke away from city life and bought and elaborately renovated an old cabin on Frog Pond Mountain in the hills of Atascadero. He was a master carpenter and woodworker. His work is owned by many family & friends today.
Always creative, optimistic and unconventional, Gary created a new path for his girls. Gary instilled many solid ethics in his family and everyone he met. His love of education, travel, freedom from religion, quality workmanship, impeccable style and an overall awe of the world and its people and places, resonated with everyone who got to know him.
An eternal fighter for the underdog, always generous, his dedicated, fun loving friendship was a treasure: he held many fun parties and loved friends. An avid Minnesota Twins fan, incredible craftsman, loved husband and father and overall true good guy, Gary was a great Patriarch in a clan of Matriarchs, a rare claim among men.
Long live Gary’s infectious laugh, French beret, Hugo boss shirt, leather satchel purse and his library of classic albums and French existentialism! Gary was in his own time, ahead of the rest of the world, yet always present. May his timeless spirit live on in all of us.
Memorials preferred to Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Public Television or any animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice. A Celebration of Gary’s life will be extended to family and friends at a later time.