Leslie W. Morris II had two main passions in his life: his work and his family.
An attorney, Morris practiced law with Stoll Keenon Ogden in Lexington for 49 years before he died on Comair Flight 5191 early Sunday morning.
He and his wife, Kaye Craig Morris, were taking a trip to Alaska when the plane crashed on takeoff.
“He was the most worthy adversary I ever faced,” said Bill Garmer, an attorney in Lexington. “He was always tough -- he won more often than not. He was always the epitome of a professional.”
Talented and unassuming, Morris was “very skilled, very civilized and he was very witty,” Garmer said.
“He’s one of those people that you can’t say enough about,” he said. “He was just one of those people who made you proud to know him and proud to be a lawyer.”
Born in Louisville and raised in Lexington, Morris began working with Stoll Keenon Ogden in 1962. He was the firm’s most senior counsel, according to a release by the firm.
He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a select group of attorneys nationwide. According to the release, only 1 percent of attorneys in Kentucky are members.
Morris was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Henry T. Duncan Memorial Award from the Fayette County Bar Association, according to his son-in-law, Rick Queen.
“I think the neatest thing about him was he was very active behind the scenes,” Queen said. He was active in politics and gave generously to his favorite causes.
“If he worked with a group of people, he never tried to steal the show,” Garmer added. “That’s very unusual in today’s world.”
Morris was also a grandfather of seven.
“He was really involved in what they were doing and how they were doing,” Queen said.
He was a history buff, and he and Kaye Morris loved to travel.
One of his favorite places was a home in Fort Meyers, Fla.
“He loved to walk on the beach with his dog,” Queen said.