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Obituary: Richard “Dick” Morse

October 24th, 1925-July 2, 2012Former Incline Village resident Richard “Dick” Morse passed away from congestive heart failure July 2nd at his Long Beach, CA home. He was 86.Morse, and his wife Carole, were residents of Incline Village from 1987 to 1994, before moving to Las Vegas and Southern California. Morse served terms as President of both the North Tahoe Lions Club and the Incline Village Chamber of Commerce.Morse moved to Tahoe from Marin County, where he had lived for most of his 40-year career with Pacific Bell and ATandamp;T. He retired as a Regional Vice President. In that role, Morse oversaw the beginning of California’s 911, TTY, and operator-free pay phone calling. He was also Pac Bell’s liaison to Bell Labs, where he championed digital and cellular technology within the Bell system.Morse graduated from South Pasadena High, Pomona College, and UC Berkeley. At age 19, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.An avid sailor, Morse loved racing his Cal 20 on San Francisco Bay, and served as Commodore of the Tiburon Yacht Club. He lived much of his life outdoors — hiking in the Sierras, scuba diving, waterskiing, bodysurfing, and teaching the blind to ski.With all that Morse did to serve the community, his greatest legacy is his love and devotion to family and friends.Morse was preceded in death by his first wife Betty, and is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carole, children Rick (Jan), Bill, and Susie Conte (Craig), stepson Larry Mantle (Kristen), and grandson Desmond Mantle.Contributions in Morse’s memory may be made to the Lions Club Foundation Sight Programs (

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 11, 2012 02:05PM Published Jul 11, 2012 02:05PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.