Grandpa Dennis you are a true HERO….We will forever miss you and can’t wait to see you again in Heaven.
5/20/53 – 3/15/12
Dennis K Morris, Ford’s Grandpa was a kind and gentle soul. He was very humble and I know that he is looking down on us and wishing that we were not giving him the attention he deserves. Dennis put his faith above all else and instilled this value in his family. His family meant the world to him and his love was unconditional. He sacrificed so much every day to help those in need whether it be family, friends, neighbors or even people he didn’t know. He did this without ever expecting something in return; he just enjoyed helping those in need.
Ford’s Grandpa knew how to do everything and he taught Ford’s daddy everything he knows. Ford’s dad is the man he is today because of his father. Ford’s Grandpa enjoyed life and he had many interests and hobbies. He loved to fish, hunt, weld, garden, play guitar and saxophone. He loved logging, making breads and jerky, taking photographs, working on cars, flying air planes and even enjoyed bee keeping. What he loved most however was preaching and missions work. He shared the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world from the Dominican Republic to Ecuador and on a daily basis. His life shone with the love of our Lord and Savior.
In the eyes of Ford’s family Grandpa Dennis was a Hero; someone who unselfishly, without even thinking would give up everything, even his own life for something or someone. Ford’s grandpa lived up to that honor on March 15,, 2012 when he gave his own life to save the life of his grandson Ford. My husband was home alone when a fire broke out at our home. He and was able to get Ford out of the house but Ford cannot be left alone due to having a genetic degenerative disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. Ford’s uses a cough assist to help him cough because he is unable to do it on his own. Ford’s needs suction constantly because he is unable to control his own secretions.
Ford’s grandpa heroically ran into our house to save all of Ford’s medical equipment. Grandpa Dennis did not stop until he retrieved every piece of life saving equipment Ford uses on a daily basis. Ford’s Grandpa died saving Ford’s life and we could never thank him enough. I know he wouldn’t even want us to thank him and I know that he would say that he would do the same again. I hope that he knows how truly thankful we are for his sacrifice and unconditional love towards his family and grandson.
Ford’s Grandpa loved him so much. He couldn’t wait to get cleaned up from whatever he was doing to come to our house to see Ford. He loved singing song with Ford and rubbing his legs. He held Ford’s hands above his ear so Ford could feel it. Ford loves to feel his ear because it makes him laugh all the time. Grandpa loved to watch Ford move in his slings and swim in his hot tub. I know that Grandpa Dennis wanted to teach Ford so many things and I know he will get the chance when we get to Heaven.
Ford’s Grandpa taught our family so much. He taught us what it meant to love unconditionally and to show the love of Christ to those around us. Grandpa Dennis prayed for us and prayed with us. He was a man who built your faith up when you felt like all hope had left you. His faith was displayed in his actions and he asked God daily to heal our son of SMA. Dennis’s faith was unwavering and he demonstrated this faith as he was praying before he took his last breath. I know he was asking God to continue to watch over and protect his family and I bet he was still asking God to heal Ford’s body.
I hope that it only seems like a moment in time before we are with him again in Heaven. Our family does find comfort in knowing that Grandpa is where is wants to be. I can picture him sitting at the throne of God worshipping him for all of his days. “Better is one day in your courts, better is one day in your house, better is one day in your courts then a thousand elsewhere”. We can’t wait to see you again and thanks for being our HERO.
I wanted to tell you thank you for loving me the way you did while you were here with me. Thank you for being such a wonderful Grandpa. Thank you for looking at me like I was perfect even though my body is so fragile. Thank you for praying for me and asking God to heal me. Thank you for playing with me and singing songs with me on my little boom box. Thank you for teaching me what it means to love. I know there were many other things that you wanted to teach me as a young boy. Wait for me in Heaven so when I get there you can teach me all the things were didn’t get to do. I am glad I got to be your grandson and I will miss you forever. Thank you for saving my life, you are my Hero.