In Memory of



Obituary for Donald Morse

Donald C Morse, age 90, a lifelong Boxborough resident, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Read) Morse, their five children, Phyllis, Howard, Thomas, Albion, and Paula, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was the son of the late Albion Morse and Stella (Cobleigh) Morse. Donald is pre-deceased by four brothers, Albion, John, Roger, and Warren along with his sister Phyllis.

Donald was born in the family home where he was raised. Family and farming were his life, as he owned his first cow at the age of four. He milked dairy cows until the mid-70’s and then began raising black angus cows. He loved his vegetable and flower gardens where he could be found daily. Donald’s farm has been in the family since 1635 when the land was purchased from the Nipmuc Tribe for several bushel of maize. He was extremely passionate about preservation of family history and had more stories to tell than Charles Dickens.

Donald married Ruth on July 29, 1963, passing just short of their 60th anniversary. He attended local schools in Boxborough and Acton, then graduated from UMass-Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Donald served in the army during the Korean War and was a presidential honor guard for president Dwight Eisenhower. He was known by all and deeply involved in the local community serving as a member of the Boxborough’s Grange, Cemetery Commissioner, member of the Assessor’s department, Animal Control officer, Animal Inspector, Veteran Agent, and Master of Concord Masons.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to UMass Amherst – Stockbridge School of Agriculture.