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Morton Foster
World War II, Korean War veteran
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Morton A. Foster, 89, entered into rest June 6, 2010 in Manteca, California. He was born on October 28, 1920 in Spreckels, California, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Faustino and Edith Foster. Morton’s death was preceded by his wife of 52 years, Afton Foster, as well as 13 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Foster is survived by his beloved wife of 10 years, Joanne Carter Foster of Manteca. His loving children are Kathy Foster Harvey and husband Doug of Manteca, Drew Foster and wife Karen of Oregon, and Janet Foster Thomas of Manteca.  He has three wonderful step-children Janice Zacharias and husband Richard, Shirley Halladay and husband Tad, and Jim Carter and wife Desiree. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren: Jennifer Harvey Benson and husband Steve, James Foster Harvey and wife Rebecca, Jill Harvey Berdugo and husband Mauricio, Jay D. Harvey and wife Cammy, Johanna Harvey Ferreira and husband Tony, Jack D. Harvey and wife Anupa, Jeffrey N. Harvey and wife Ashley, Shawna Foster, Morgan Foster, Flood D. White, Samuel A. Adams, and Lisa Hutchings and husband Adam. He was also blessed by 14 great-grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren and 22 step-great-grandchildren. In addition, Morton has numerous nieces and nephews who loved him deeply.

Morton was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean War serving with the United States Navy. While serving, Morton was stationed in the South Pacific on Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Tarawa.  After serving actively in the military, Morton re-enlisted in the Navy Reserves proudly serving until 1976.  Prior to his service in the armed forces, he attended Harden Simmons College in Texas. He was employed by Tracy Defense retiring after 26 years of service to the government as an inventory control clerk. After retirement, Morton became an almond hauler for Carter’s Almond Ranch for over 16 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Northland Ward. He was an avid Manteca High Buffalo supporter eventually becoming a lifetime Buffalo Booster member. He was also a member of the East Union Cemetery Board. He enjoyed attending all the basketball and football games supporting all of his grandchildren in their sports. He was passionate about golfing and always enjoyed a day on the greens. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making friends. He loved to tell old war stories to anyone that would listen. Traveling was a highlight of Morton’s life. He loved traveling to Hawaii every year enjoying the relaxation of the tropical sun and sand. Along with trips to Hawaii Morton loved a typical Sunday drive with his wife at his side. He had a talent for drumming and was once in a band called “The Leisure Manor Kitchen Band.” Recently Morton was asked to be one of the Grand Marshals of the Manteca Memorial Day parade; he proudly accepted the duty with honors. Morton will be remembered as a devoted husband and an amazing father and grandfather who was kind to everyone he came in contact with. He will be missed deeply.

 Mr. Foster’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1233 Northgate Dr., Manteca, CA at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010. He will be laid to rest at East Union Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Friends of East Union Cemetery. An online guest book is available for condolences at                 
 Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, June 10, 2010