Morris Alvin Orsak
Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 3:55am, Morris joined the love of his life Barbara, in the presence of our Lord. During his almost 60 years of marriage, he and Barbara lovingly raised three children. Morris/PePaw/Papa/Dad leaves behind his children and their spouses, six grandchildren, four nieces and nephews, numerous cousins/extended family, and lifelong friends from along the way. Morris was known as a leader with a kind heart who would always listen and evaluate before responding. Morris’ structured, organized and determined nature served him well in life from the very beginning. Morris was born in Caldwell, Texas. From there his family moved to Louise, Texas in which he spent his formative years where his family owned and operated the Louise Café. Upon his High School graduation, he attended college in Waco and Seguin, Texas. Morris followed his love of sports to his beloved Edna, Texas where he was coach and teacher. In 1969, Morris, Barbara and their son, Todd, moved to Plano, Texas where they had Amy and Brett. There Morris worked as an insurance salesman and financial analyst for Mass Mutual where he retired at the age of 80.
During his time in Louise, Morris proved to be a very capable athlete and leader who lettered in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track all four years. He also achieved State honors in Football as an All-State Quarterback and in Basketball as an All-State Point Guard where he held the record for the most points scored in a high school basketball game in ‘52. He also was Student Body Vice-President for two years and teams captain as well.
Morris started his college career at Baylor University on a basketball scholarship, but quickly found that the smaller environment of Texas Lutheran College better fit his nature. During his sophomore year he made it official and transferred on a Basketball and Tennis Scholarship to TLC. At Texas Lutheran, as was the norm, Morris excelled in sports earning All-Conference in Tennis and Basketball. He was also all-district NAIA in basketball, and on the all-time scoring list, as well as being elected to the Texas Lutheran Hall of Fame in 1986. All of those accolades didn’t hold a candle to meeting the light of his life, Barbara Ann Tarpley at TLC. Their relationship began with a soda and a horror movie, but quickly changed to dancing their way through life together after they dated for 2 years and were married in 1960. Along the way they made many great lifetime friends, but none closer than Walter and LeNora Dollar who quickly became a brother and sister to Morris and Barbara and an Uncle and an Aunt to their kids and everyone that followed. Plus, the additional bonus of gaining a niece and nephew and a crew of cousins for the Orsak children!
Morris is survived by his children: Todd and Laura Orsak, Amy and Chet Hanks, Brett and Chera Orsak. His beloved grandchildren: Lexi and Sam Bruce, Lake Orsak, Aubrey Orsak, Chase Hanks, Haley Hanks, and Cade Hanks. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by: His parents Joseph (Joe) and Beulah Orsak, his younger brother Richard (Dickie) Orsak, his In-laws Frank and Verna Tarpley and his beloved wife, Barbara.
Visitation and the Service will be held on Friday, May 19th Christ Lutheran Church, 3001 Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75225. Visitation will be held before the service from 11 am to 1 pm followed by the service beginning at 1pm. The family asks that if you wish to make a donation, please give to Christ Lutheran Church in Morris’ name. You can also donate flowers through Mary Gmetro with Plano Florist (972) 599-0086 or (469) 853-3404 or Planoflorist.com.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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My sincere condolences to the Orsak Family. Mr. Orsak was a beloved teacher in Edna.