Former Lubbock Mayor Morris "Moe" Turner died Sunday morning from complications with diabetes. He was 76. Turner was widely considered the father of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, and was instrumental in moving Lubbock Power and Light forward.
"Moe was a very energetic mayor for the city of Lubbock, and of course he was mayor at a time when Lubbock was recovering from the 1970 tornado. Moe was elected to the city council in 1968; two years later Moe was involved in the disaster that we had, the tornado in 1970, and the subsequent rebuilding efforts. It was a monumental task for anyone in an elected office, especially for men in their early years. One other thing that a lot of folks probably don't know about know Moe is that he was very interested in sports and athletics, and was the champion to bring the Golden Gloves Boxing Program back to Lubbock," Mayor Tom Martin Mayor said.
Morris Turner graduated from Lubbock High and Texas Tech, where played football and baseball. He served on the Lubbock City Council from 1968 to 1974 and he later served as mayor from 1972-74. He did not seek re-election in 1974.
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