In Memoriam, 1021 COBJ, Vol. 50, No. 9 Pg. 52

PositionVol. 50, 9 [Page 52]

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No. Vol. 50, No. 9 [Page 52]

Colorado Lawyer

October, 2021

October 16,1947-August 22, 2021

In Memoriam


Michael Clement Morphew was born in Munich, Germany, to Geraldine Louise and Marion Clement Morphew. As "military brats," Michael and his sisters, Diana, Stephanie, and Kerry, grew up on Air Force bases around the world, following their father through his career as an Air Force pilot, though Michael always considered Boulder to be his home. (After the death of Michael's father, Gerry married another fighter pilot, Jack Patton, whom Michael grew close to.)

Michael graduated from Wasson High School and the University of Colorado (CU). He earned his JD from CU Law School and worked as a divorce attorney and mediator in Boulder for more than 47 years. During the first few years of his practice, he worked for a number of attorneys in Boulder, primarily handling family law matters. In 1978 he accepted a position with the Boulder County District Attorney's child support enforcement unit, where he was responsible for between 3,000 and 4,000 cases. Following his employment in the District Attorney's office, his practice was largely limited to family law issues, although he occasionally assisted with other legal matters.

Michael had many passions in his life— travel, his career, driving his cars—but most of all, he loved golf. He was a member at Lake Valley Golf Club for over 30 years, earning the tides of club champion in 1990 and senior club champion in 2002. In 2003, his handicap was a +0.5, a huge accomplishment. Golf allowed Michael to bond with his son and sons-in-law, and he would remind them on a regular basis that golf is not about the drive but the finesse at the end of the hole. He met many lifelong friends through golf, and in the end, the game got him through a very difficult time in his life.

Michael was diagnosed with ALS in 2019. Since then, he amazed his friends and family with his powerful and peaceful disposition diroughout his two-year struggle.

Michael and his partner Carol enjoyed 20 incredible years together. He was the proud and loving father of Emily and Scott, and stepfather to Sarah, Crystal, and April. Their beautiful, blended family has produced eight grandchildren, including grandson Jack, born on August 21, 2021, whom Michael was able to meet.

Peter H. Ney

November 11,1931-July 28, 2021

Peter Ney died in his sleep on July 28, 2021, with his wife of 68 years curled up beside him. He was born November 11,1931, in Nuremberg, Germany. Two nights before his 7th birthday, Peter and his family were awakened by the sounds of breaking glass and shouting. Kristallnacht was just the beginning of the Nazi violence against Jews. Two months later, Peter's...

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