Morgan John Prokop, 31, Scranton, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning at home.
Born in 1985 in Scranton, he was the son of Clifton Prokop and Beth Burkhauser, both of Scranton. Morgan was educated in East Scranton Public Schools and was a graduate of Scranton High School, class of 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a minor in Theater from the University of Scranton in 2008. In recent years, he also pursued a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University. He attended Immaculate Conception Church. He had been employed as Primary Therapist at the Just Believe Recovery Center of Carbondale.
In addition to being a loving, loyal son, brother, uncle, and nephew as well as a dedicated and talented drug and alcohol counselor, Morgan was an animated member of AA and PENNSCYPAA – both major cornerstones of his journey through life.
Highly intelligent and forever curious, Morgan sought to live his life with greater purpose. He had generosity of spirit and high expectations for himself and others, but was open-minded, non-judgmental and patient. His best work, and the most effective periods of his life, were achieved as he sought spiritual well-being, relied on inspiration, prayed for, and accepted God’s plan for him.
An “empath” from earliest years, Morgan felt others’ feelings, sought connection, communication and understanding. As an adult, he combined his creativity and knowledge with a resolute mission to be God’s agent, to joyously, freely and passionately help others without any expectations in return. His spiritual guides were the 12-Step program, private counseling and his amazing recovery community of enlightened beings.
He possessed the kind of creative spirit that could guide others to discover, believe in, grasp and act upon the next best step in their lives. He was a blessing to many of his friends in the Fellowship and, more recently, his clients.
Along with his friends, family and girlfriend, Morgan’s greatest joy was music. He was happiest when enveloped in his music and his DJ/Mixing performances. Dancing was his physical pathway to the Soul. He also enjoyed games of all kinds, “cosmic banter,” dance parties, and weird, wacky humor.
Those who knew Morgan will forever miss his bright smile and infectious laughter, his inquisitive mind, and his sensitive, hopeful, and beautiful soul. His heart was full of love, compassion and kindness. He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle, mentor, mentee, friend and insightful poet by those whose lives he irreversibly touched.
Also surviving are his sister Andrea Cummings and her husband Michael Cummings of Dunmore; a nephew, Owen Cummings; aunts; uncles; cousins; many friends; numerous members of the AA community and girlfriend, Kim Salamone.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, Colene and Andrew J. Prokop, of Vienna, VA and Joan and John A. Burkhauser of Trenton, NJ, and one uncle, Jack Burkhauser.
Friends may call Thursday, September 14 from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton.
Funeral services will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave., Scranton, on Friday, September 15, at 10:00 AM, with interment at the convenience of the family.
Morgan’s wish was that the epidemic of drug deaths be stopped through spiritual practices and funding for educational and prevention programs. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Morgan’s memory to EOTC, which develops such programming for women, parents and families – or to a charity or agency of choice.
EOTC Seventh Avenue Center
431 North 7th Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503-2103