Morgan Edwin DeBoer (1950 - 2016)

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Lifelong Gustavus, AK resident Morgan Edwin DeBoer passed on October 18, 2016 in Seattle, WA at the age of 65. He was born in Juneau on October 28, 1950 to Gustavus homesteaders Charles and Dorothy (White) DeBoer. Raised in Gustavus and Juneau, he graduated Juneau-Douglas High School in 1968, moved out of state briefly for college and work, and then returned to Gustavus where he remained active in the community for the rest of his life.
Morgan was a very considerate, fun loving man that lived life on his own terms. He balanced an active lifestyle with relaxing with friends and family.

A devoted outdoorsman, he loved hunting (especially on Pleasant Island), fishing, gardening, and picking wild strawberries. He loved working with his hands, first leading construction crews and commercial fishing, and then operating a sawmill for over 40 years as a service to provide quality lumber for the Gustavus community. Morgan opened the Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in 1998 as a means to preserve part of his parent's land from development. His course has been featured in several golf magazines and even the New York Times.

A devoted indoors man, Morgan loved his Seattle Mariners and Seahawks and shared his enthusiasm with many. He also enjoyed the music of the Beatles and the Dave Clark 5, golf video games, Charlie Chaplin films, Three Stooges, the Police Academy series, and the movie Top Gun.

More than anything else, Morgan held family in high regard and took the most pride in raising his son & playing an active role in the lives of his nephews. He is survived by his son Ben DeBoer, sister Donna DeBoer-Williams, nephews Jake, Gus, and Travis Ohlson, nieces Zoe, Liberty, and Cleo Williams, and many extended family members and Gustavus community members that he held close to his heart.

A celebration of life will be held on July 2nd on the 3rd Fairway of the Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus. Everyone is invited.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4, 2016