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Morris E. Dyer

Born: 8/31/1931

Died: 3/31/2005

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Morris E. Dyer, 73, of Anadarko, Oklahoma, passed away March 13, 2005, at Anadarko. He was born August 31, 1931, in Stigler, Oklahoma, to Dixon Dyer and Levisa Morris Dyer Gilstrap.

Morris, a full-blood Choctaw, graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1950 and Northeastern State University in 1955 with a BA in education. He served with the 45th Division during the Korean conflict. He completed a total of 13 years in the armed forces, receiving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He married Lucille Hemstreet on October 9, 1969, at Gallup, New Mexico.

He taught high school in Comanche, Oklahoma, then served as an education specialist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona and New Mexico. He was instrumental in developing programs for the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico which allowed the tribe to govern themselves more effectively. Having a special place in his heart for children, Morris initiated the first Zuni Little League baseball program, including the construction of the baseball field.

Morris became a health educator with the Indian Health Service with emphasis in inhalant abuse. He went on to become a nationally renowned speaker and leading expert on inhalant abuse among Native Americans. The curriculum he developed on health aspects of inhalant abuse continues to be used across the United States and Canada. He retired from the Anadarko Indian Health Service in 1990. Morris was a very talented, intelligent and interesting man. His interests and hobbies included woodworking, tennis, music, photography, home remodeling, and gardening. He was an avid OU Sooner and Dallas Cowboy fan. He loved his family and his country. His grandchildren loved their Papa. Family and friends will miss his intelligent and humorous conversations.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Herman Dyer; daughter, Clorinda Herder, and son-in-law, Edward Torres.

Survivors include his wife; seven children, Patricia Torres, Dennis Dyer, Denise Dyer, Dixon Dyer and Debra Dyer, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Marcelin R. Pate of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Anderson Dyer of Anadarko; six grandchildren, Larissa Dyer, Elijah Pate, Carmen Page, Deija Pate, Jared Pate and Amanda Dyer; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, David Dyer and Dixon Dyer, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Robert Gilstrap of Miami, Oklahoma, and John Gilstrap of Stigler, Oklahoma; two sisters, Stella Long of Oklahoma City and Eloise Wibben of Hugo, Oklahoma.

Morris E. Dyer