On Monday, May 24, 1993, at the age of 91, Carlton E. Morse died of natural causes. His family was with him. He was survived by his second wife, Millie, of Carmichael, California; a daughter, Noel Canfield of Fair Oaks, California; two brothers, Wilmer and Harry, and two sisters, Lucille Chastine and Anne Morse, all from the Sacramento area. His memorial service was held in Los Angeles, California with several members of the One Man’s Family cast in attendance. According to Morse’s obituary as reported in the June 14, 1993 issue of Variety, and the May 28, 1993 issue of the New York Times, Morse had at one time, worked on plans to revive I Love A Mystery.
Some time before his passing, Morse wrote an epitaph for himself. “When I am gone think this of me: He truly was what he seemed to be.”
Martin Grams, Jr. is the author and co-author of a dozen books about old-time radio and old-time television including The I Love A Mystery Companion (2003) and GANG BUSTERS: The Crime Fighters of American Broadcasting (2004). Material reprinted above from the I Love A Mystery book and reprinted with permission from the author. This article is a reprint from the June 2004 REPS Convention Program Guide and reprinted with permission.