Colorado Springs — Westone has announced that the company’s founder, Ronald W. (Ron) Morgan, Sr, passed away on October 4, 2010 after a brief illness. He was 91.

In 1959,  Morgan and his wife, Mickey, started Westone on the kitchen table of their home in Divide, Colorado. According to the company, it is there that Morgan began experimenting with finding a way to create better fitting custom-fit earpieces for the hearing instruments he sold as a Beltone representative.

The family and the business eventually moved to Colorado Springs in 1962, and it is there that Morgan’s five sons started working for Westone after school and during the summers.

Westone began to expand during the 1970s and 1980s, increasing its production capacity with satellite labs and adding additional clinical supplies and materials. In1986, after having spent almost 30 years building Westone from scratch into a well established brand in the hearing healthcare industry, Morgan, Sr retired.

The company says that Morgan’s business philosophy for the company was derived from “The Golden Rule” –that one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

The company statement added, "He was not only an adherent of this principle in all that he did as a businessman, but in his personal life as well. He treated his business associates and employees with respect and admiration and was, in turn, respected and greatly admired by all."

Morgan is survived by his wife Mickey, brother Lewis Morgan and his sons Rusty, Rick, Rod and Robin.

SOURCE: Westone