Steve had dedicated his life to spreading the message on the beauty of Rubicon Springs and through ownership, making sure the Rubicon Springs is available to everyone. Steve couldn’t have written a better life script passing away at Rubicon Springs after being with his family and so many friends during the event he loved so much. Steve is the only one in the world with place of death Rubicon Springs on his certificate.
Steve Morris went out on his own turf doing what he loved.
Morris, who lived in Sacramento, owned part of the Rubicon Trail and had been on 65 of 67 Jeepers Jamborees.
He passed on July 27, 2019 at the 67th Jeepers Jamboree after giving his annual Saturday morning history talk on the trail. After he did his talk he ate lunch they asked if he wanted (something to drink), he said, ‘I would like some scotch,’ he had a sip and went through the pearly gates.
Morris was born in June 1930 and bought his first Jeep in 1954, a Willys CJ2A. In that same year he participated in his first Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon Trail and hasn’t missed one since. He became a legend on the trail. One of the trail’s most difficult obstacles, Morris Rock, is named after him. As a rock roller he would help vehicles get through that challenging part of the trail.
As he got older, Morris had to be talked out of rock rolling. He then turned his energy to giving a history talks about the complete history of the Rubicon Trail dating back hundreds of years. His son, Rick Morris, wrote a book, “Rubicon Springs and The Rubicon Trail: A History” in 2011. Rick will continue giving the history talks.