Historic Morrison Ranch Headquarters, a place to remember…
“As Gilbert’s population has grown, so has our concern about how piecemeal
development will affect our town’s sense of community. Thus, we’re creating Morrison
Ranch…a 2,000 acre, fully integrated, master-planned community developed on family
land, designed to encourage orderly growth and preserve Gilbert’s proud agricultural
The Morrison Family
Creating “A Community with Character”
Who is the Morrison Family?
For more than 60 years, the Morrison Family has been deeply rooted in the Town of
Gilbert, growing cotton, corn, and alfalfa on its 3,000-acre farm. Today, three
generations of the Morrison family are actively associated with transitioning this
land into Morrison Ranch — a unique, master planned “community with character”.
Dating back to the 1920s
Young Howard and Leatha Morrison trekked a thousand miles west from Oklahoma in the
early 1920s, only to find that times were just as tough for dirt farmers in Arizona.
Even so, they dug their roots deep into the small farming town of Gilbert. They
humbly cleared land for others before finally acquiring a parcel for themselves —
and their new sons, Marvin and Kenneth, and daughter Betty. The rest is history.
Over the decades, the second generation of Morrisons transformed the family’s small
landholdings into one of the East Valley’s biggest farming operations, including
several square miles of cropland and one of the world’s largest dairy farms, as well
as one of Arizona’s largest ranching businesses (grazing cattle on over 400 square
miles of state and leased land stretching from Flagstaff to the Verde River). Although Kenneth has
passed away, the Morrison family legacy remains. His wife, Lela, along with Marvin and his wife, June, remain
partners as owners of the ranch and dairy. Now in his eighties, Marvin continues to go to the dairy
six days a week. Kenneth's son Glen, and grandsons Dustin and Denton, continue to actively manage the
family's farming and cattle operations.
Over the years, the Morrison family has earned a reputation, not only for superior
products and honest business practices, but for honoring the land as well. All three
of these qualities remain integral to the development of the Morrison Ranch master-planned
Today, third generation cousins Dawnie Stewart (Kenneth’s
daughter), Scott Morrison, and Howard
Morrison (Marvin’s sons) actively manage the planning and implementation of the
Morrison Ranch master plan, carefully preserving the family’s past while thoughtfully
directing its future.