Hughes Gregory Morton

Beloved father, son, husband, brother and friend, Hughes Gregory Morton was taken from us on Tuesday, November 10.

Hughes was born in Los Angeles in 1963 to Hughes Gregory Morton and Mary Evans Morton. Hughes attended The Harvard School in Los Angeles, Cate School in Carpinteria and graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, in 1981. Hughes graduated from the University of Southern California in 1986.

Hughes worked for WSJP, in Los Angeles, before moving to Santa Barbara where he started the real estate firm, Del Mar Group. He married Cecilia Cord, in 1991, at All-Saints-by-the-Sea Church in Montecito, California. Hughes spent many happy summers at his parent's house in Carpinteria. Many joy-filled weekends were spent surfing with his own family at Miramar beach and golfing at the Valley Club.

Hughes was a very active member in the Santa Barbara community. He was a past vice-president of the board of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. He was executive producer of the documentary Backstage at the Bowl which was a featured film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He was a participant and supporter of the Friendship Paddle, an organization that raises money for the families of cancer victims. He was a proud supporter of Heal the Ocean. And Hughes was an active supporter of CORE, an organization that helps at-risk children at the Santa Barbara Junior High School.

Hughes lost his battle with depression. He was a brave warrior and fought for as long as he could. We will remember Hughes for his courage, bravery, love and passion for the time he was given.

Hughes is survived by his wife, Cecelia, and their children, James and Caitlyn; his brother William Marmaduke and his wife Jennifer Knickerbocker; his sister Mary Gladys Morton and her husband Keith Forman; his father and mother-in-law, Chris and Katrina Cord; and his brothers and sisters-in-law Christopher and Georgia Cord, Michael and Julia Cord, William and Angela Cord; and five nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Friendship Paddle, 920 Garden Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, California, 93101.

The memorial service will be held Tuesday, November 17 at 11:30 am at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 83 Eucalyptus Lane, Montecito, California.

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Hughes Morton was probably the gentlest, kindest, neatest human being in the world....I send my love to Cece, Jamie and Caitlin...I send my tears and admiration to them all. I am grateful the notice about this beautiful man makes mention of what he lost the battle is time it comes out...because so many of us who have been in these pits know we need to talk about it and compare notes, and help each other...there are negative doctors and negative meds out there, I know firsthand.... I send my love to Hughes Morton's whole family, and all of his friends who grieve now, including me, bigtime.
Love, Hillary

HiAll (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2009 at 9:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

so Sorry to hear of Hughes' passing , just got back from the memorial service , a very nice service , Hughes Morton you are Loved by Many , condolences to Cece and all the family, Santa Barbara/ Carpinteria will never be the same without Hughes ! I am so lucky to have spent some great times with him, God Bless & Prayers, rob spies

jalama1 (anonymous profile)
November 17, 2009 at 2:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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