LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - A man who served his state and worked on behalf of the outdoors died this weekend from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.
According to a media release from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, the commission’s vice chairman, Joe Morgan, died at the age of 76.
Officials said Morgan, who was Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s first appointment to the commission, worked on behalf of duck hunting in the state.
Morgan, who was from Stuttgart, was appointed to the commission in 2015 and on a regulation to require all boats and hunters to be off certain areas by noon to allow ducks to have more time to rest in hunting areas, officials said in the media release.
Hutchinson said on social media Sunday that Morgan’s work on the commission will be appreciated for many years to come.
AGFC Director Pat Fitts said in the release that Morgan will be missed.
“It’s a sad day for all of us here at the AGFC,” Fitts said. “We knew Joe as a stalwart waterfowl hunter. He wanted nothing more than to make sure all Arkansans had the opportunity to enjoy the state’s great natural resources. We’ll all miss his wry sense of humor and wisdom.”