Roseville tennis coach Dan Morton dies at 75

Long-time Roseville area coach and teacher Dan Morton died May 17. He was 75. 

According to a press release about Morton’s death from Bethel University, where he last coached, he died after suffering a stroke, and a brain aneurism.

Morton, a Roseville resident, was a member of Duluth’s Denfield Senior High School class of 1958, according to his Facebook page. He studied at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received his master’s of education with a focus on science education from Texas A&M.

Teaching for more than three decades in Roseville schools, Morton started out as a junior high school science teacher in 1965, according to his Facebook page. From 1983 to 1998, Morton taught chemistry and physics at the high school level.

According to Roseville Area High School Athletics Director Jeff Whisler, during Morton’s time at the high school, he also coached boys tennis.

Following his retirement from teaching, Morton made the move to Bethel, where he was the head coach of the university’s men and women’s tennis teams from 1999 to 2012.

“For over a decade, Coach Morton’s thoughtful and Christ-centered nature impacted Bethel tennis players in profound ways,” said Bethel Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund in a statement. “His warm, gracious and caring demeanor was evident to all who knew him. He was adept at encouraging his players to compete with excellence.”

According to the Bethel statement, Morton led marked improvement in both the men’s and women’s programs, including consecutive 7-2 records for the men’s team in 2008 and 2009.

At the time of his retirement from coaching at the university in 2012, he looked back at the experience fondly.

“My time at Bethel has been a blessing and a privilege, as Bethel players and I have shared our love of the game, of our Lord Jesus and our teammates,” Morton is quoted as saying in the university statement. 

A memorial service for Morton is scheduled for Friday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Alliance Church, 2105 Roselawn Ave. W. in Roseville, with a visitation scheduled for noon the same day.

Morton is survived by his wife, Rosemary, brother Steve, two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.

 

 

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