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GOODING -- Gooding Mayor Duke Morton has died. He was 71 years old.

City officials say his death was a shock. Morton died at his home Tuesday, according to a death notice from Demaray Funeral Service. How he died has not been released.

Morton began serving on the city council in 2004, and was appointed mayor in 2006 after the previous mayor resigned. He was elected mayor in 2008 and again in 2012.

The city council has a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight and plans to discuss on how to bring on a new mayor in the wake of Morton's death.

A prayer and consolation service for Morton will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the United Methodist Church in Gooding.

The family plans to hold a Celebration of Life ceremony on Saturday, June 22, at Morton s home at 904 Utah Street in Gooding. That memorial gathering starts at 5 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel.

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