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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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