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Stephen Gray Morgan, affectionately known as "Tar" by some of his family and friends and as "Uncle Buck" by his two nephews, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 2, 2014, while working in Alaska.
Stephen was born in Boonville, North Carolina, on March 27, 1959, to Richard D. Morgan and Patty R. (Davis) Mickles.
Steve spent his childhood in North Carolina, attending school and managing the family farm, as well as working various other jobs. It was in North Carolina that he developed his legendary passion for NASCAR.
In 1984, he moved to Washington state and ended up settling in Sekiu. Steve was a "jack of all trades" and worked as a bartender, dockhand at Olson's Resort and had several positions with various subcontractors building the Clallam Bay prison and later as gardener three for the prison.
On July 18, 1987, he married Lorrie Windle, and they continued to make their home in the Clallam Bay and Sekiu area while Steve began his 13-year career in commercial fishing.
It was here they welcomed their son, Jeremy, in 1989 and daughter, Kori, in 1992.
After moving to Port Angeles 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. 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 of 27 years, Lorrie; son Jeremy (Danielle); daughter Kori (Zach); grandchildren Ryder and Rae Ann; parents-in-law Gordon and Gail Windle; sisters-in-law Lisa (Mike) Woodard and Tami (Kelly) Ziegler; nephew Daelan Ziegler; daughter and grandchildren of the heart Mikeala Lee, Hanna and Wyatt Lee; and many, many extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother Pat; brother Rick; and nephew Mason Ziegler.
A celebration of Steve's life will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 11, 2014