Lynwood Press

Former Lynwood City Councilman Jim Morton dies

LYNWOOD — Funeral services were held March 27 at Greater Emmanuel Temple for former Lynwood City Councilman Jim Morton, who died unexpectedly March 19, 2015 at his home here.

Morton was flown to Wichita Falls, Texas, for burial.

A resident of Lynwood for more than 60 years, Morton was appointed to the City Council in March 2008 to fill a vacancy. He won election to a full four-year term later that year.

He served as mayor in 2012.

Morton was a longtime delegate to the California Democratic Party and was an alternate delegate to the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee.

In Lynwood, he stayed busy through his civic work by participating on the Planning Commission, the Lynwood Unified School District’s Personnel Commission, and the Lynwood Rotary Club.

Morton’s favorite accomplishment on the City Council was when the city was designated an All-America City in 2010 by the National Civic League. The city had previously received the designation in 1961.

Morton is survived by two nieces and a nephew: Dana James, of Riverside; Sherry Medina and John Measley, both of Wichita Falls.