Stephen Morgan

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BOONVILLE — Stephen Gray Morgan, affectionately known as "Conehead," passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 2, 2014, while working in Alaska. Stephen was born in Boonville March 27, 1959, to Richard D. Morgan and Patty R. (Davis) Mickles. Steve spent his childhood in this area attending school and managing the family farm as well as working various other jobs. It was here in North Carolina where he developed his legendary passion for NASCAR. In 1984, he moved to Washington State and settled in Sekiu. Steve was a "jack of all trades" and worked several positions with various subcontractors building the Clallam Bay Prison and later as a Gardner 3 for the prison. On July 17, 1987, he married Lorrie Windle and they continued to make their home in the Clallam Bay/Sekiu area while Steve began his 13-year career in commercial fishing. It is here that they welcomed son Jeremy in 1989 and daughter Kori in 1992. After moving to Port Angeles, Washington, in 1994, he started a custom slaughtering business and also worked in construction. Steve was well known for his amazing sense of humor and his epic retelling of his childhood adventures growing up in North Carolina kept all who heard them in stitches. He was also known for his tremendous loyalty and welcoming nature. Steve never met a stranger and he made friends wherever he went. As his sister-in-law Tami said, "His shirt may be dirty but if you needed it he would give you the shirt off his back." He was truly one of a kind and his loss to his family and friends is immeasurable. Steve is survived by his wife, Lorrie of 27 years; son, Jeremy (Danielle); daughter, Kori (Zach); grandchildren, Ryder and Rae Ann; parents-in-law, Gordon and Gail Windle; sisters-in-law, Lisa (Mike) Woodard, Tami (Kelly) Ziegler; nephew, Daelan Ziegler. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Pat; and his brother, Rick.

Published in The Tribune from May 13 to May 14, 2014