Long time Vashontonian, Evan Clayton Morrow was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on June 1, near Young’s Corner. 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 roots in Chicago and headed west, towing a traveler trailer. We spent six weeks traversing the south and west; visiting sites along the way. That cross country trip remained vivid in our 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 dotting the island and swimming at Dockton park. He attended VHS and graduated from TCC in 1974. Following graduation, he joined the Coast Guard where he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and was honorably discharged in 1980. He later attended 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 engines, motors, bicycles and collecting gadgets to figure out how they worked. Fiercely independent and well-liked, his interests were diverse and his passions included music and motorcycles. He enjoyed playing with friends on guitars and keyboards. 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. Evan is survived by his sister, Kathy; brother-in-law Ruxton Doubt and niece, Alexandra; as well as cousins Billy, Cameron and Dawn Hach, and their extended families from Chicago and Maryland. Evan was predeceased by his parents and brother John. An outdoor “Fairwell” to Evan is planned for Saturday, August 15, at Camp Burton. Please visit IslandFuneral.com for additional details.