Long time Vashontonian, Evan Clayton Morrow was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on June 1st near Young’s Corner on Vashon Island. His loss is deeply felt by those who’ve known Evan over the years.
Evan was born September 20, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Jack and Joan Morrow . He joined an older brother, John William and later, a younger sister, Kathleen Jean.
In boyhood Evan enjoyed swimming, riding his bicycle with neighbor kids, playing chess and sailing with the family on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva. In June of 1966 the family pulled up their Chicago roots and headed west towing a traveler trailer. They spent six weeks traversing the south and west visiting sites along the way. That cross country trip remained vivid in the family’s memories as a great adventure.
The family arrived on Vashon where Evan’s grandparents, William and Eugenie Hach had retired from New York City. Evan attended Burton elementary and spent summers picking strawberries in the many fields which dotted the island and swimming at Dockton park. He attended VHS and graduated from TCC in 1974. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1980 after six years service.
Evan went on to attend Bellingham Vocational Technical School for HVAC and small engine repair and worked in the field in Seattle and Vashon. He would remain an inveterate tinkerer, always repairing small engines, motors, bicycles and collecting assorted vintage gadgets to figure out how they worked. A bit of a thrill seeker, there was no small engine which he didn’t enjoy putting through its paces. From doing wheelies and setting up ramps on his BSA in his teens, to riding the ATV’s and snowmobiles of Alaska on his self-defined rounds at Katmai; to his ‘on and off’ passion for motorcyles over the years.
Fiercely independent and well liked; his interests were diverse and his passions included music, photography, motorcycles and growing plants. He held a special place in his heart for close friends and all living creatures. He enjoyed playing guitars and keyboards with friends and enjoyed conversations often punctuated with his irreverent one liners. He was a good listener who always understood. Those close to Evan speak to his caring nature and helping others in need. Known for his quick wit, and sense of humor which could be whimsical, wicked and outrageous.
In 1996 Evan and his life partner, Tanya Alumbaugh took the position of caretaker of the Katmai Fishing lodge in Katmai, Alaska where they wintered over. His stories of that year were hilarious, touching, courageous and thoughtful. Making his rounds on a snowmobile in the long Alaska winter, or riding an ATV in the fall and summer he held a treasure trove of adventures. A natural story teller, he could build the background and deliver the details which would hold you spellbound and often left you doubled up in laughter.
Evan is survived by his sister, Kathy; brother-in-law Ruxton Doubt and niece, Alexandra as well as cousins, Fritzie Brown: Billy, Cameron and Dawn Hach and their extended families from New York, Chicago and Maryland. Evan was predeceased by his parents and brother John; as well as his long time life partner, Tanya Alumbaugh who passed in 2017 and canine companion, always at his side, Minnie who passed in March of this year.
An outdoor “Fairwell” to Evan is scheduled Saturday, August 15th at Camp Burton from 11a-2pm at the outdoor amphitheater. Due to Covid, social distancing guidelines will be followed including mask wearing, maintaining 6’ distances and requesting all attendee’s take their temperatures in the morning and are feeling well. Boxed lunches (Monday night dinner menu for the camp) will be served with individual bottled beverages can be enjoyed picnic style on large lawn or seated in Amphitheatre.
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