Moorfield STOREY, Jr.|
Moorfield Storey, Jr. died peacefully on February 6 in Seattle, WA, surrounded by his loving family. He was 77.
Born in Washington, D.C. to Moorfield and Dorothy Storey, Sr., he moved with his family to Massachusetts at a young age. He attended school at Roxbury Latin and Boston Latin, and later received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a young adult, Moorfield worked with Sperry Gyroscope on Long Island and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from the school that is now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. While on Long Island, he developed a love of sailboats that continued through his later years.
Moorfield subsequently moved to Seattle and joined Boeing's defense division, where he enjoyed a 33-year career and a productive relationship with his work partner, Phil Jones. Together they secured several patents for passive radar ranging, and developed and sold a "quick draw" timer system for those practicing their skills at drawing guns quickly from holsters.
After moving to Seattle, Moorfield met and married Colleen (Rugg), who died in 1989. Together they parented three sons, and were longtime residents of Normandy Park and members of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.
For the past ten years, Moorfield has been in a life partnership with Glenda Carper of Seattle, WA. With Glenda, Moorfield was an active participant and supporter of Plymouth Church in downtown Seattle, an avid traveler, and a supporter of a variety of causes and organizations. Over the years he traveled to Europe, China, and the Southwestern U.S., and he backpacked in the Olympic Peninsula. He also volunteered at Bridge Disability Ministries, repairing and cleaning medical equipment.
Moorfield was known to be an endless source of jokes and scientific riddles, as well as an admirer of babies and cats, who easily brought out the sweetness in his personality.
Moorfield is survived by his beloved partner, Glenda Carper; sons Philip Julian Durant-Storey (Peggy), Peter A. Storey (Kenneby Souriyamath), Andrew T. Storey (Elizabeth Willmott), all of Seattle; brothers Robert Storey of Wenatchee and David Storey (Linda) of Spokane; granddaughters Katie Durant-Storey of Spokane and Julianne Durant-Storey of Seattle; two nephews, one niece, two grand-nieces, and one grand-nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at Plymouth Church in Seattle. Donations in Moorfield's memory may be made to Bridge Disability Ministries, 12356 Northup Way Suite 103, Bellevue, WA 98005.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 25, 2013