In a 1987 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Morales, whose parents purchased the 13-room house in the early 1940s for $3,000, spoke about what it was like during the 1970s when he and others began efforts to form a historic district to protect the blocks of old and often neglected homes:
“Back then, people thought you were eccentric for living in these houses, trying to get them on the National Register of Historic Places and lobbying to create a preservation district. But it bonded the neighborhood.”Morales served as head of the board overseeing the Angeleno Heights Preservation Overlay Zone, which reviews exterior changes to most of the neighborhood’s buildings. It was the first such historic zone created in the city. The Morales family home, which exhibits signs of the Queen Anne and Eastlake styles, was declared city Historic Cultural Landmark #51.
Morales leaves behind his wife, Priscilla, and son, Christopher.