Brian D. Morey

Brian D. Morey was born December 7, 1942, to Patrick and Marjorie Morey in Vancouver, WA. He passed away May 20, 2020, at his home in Brewster, WA.
After World War II, the family, which included his younger sister, Colleen, moved to Missoula, MT. At age 11, Brian began walking in God’s way, trusting in the guidance of Jesus. As a teenager he spent his free time hiking and camping in the hills while hunting small game and fishing the creeks. In the middle of his junior year the family moved to Port Angeles, WA, where he graduated from high school and then attended Peninsula College for two years when it first opened. Olympic National Park again offered the oportunity for hiking, camping and fishing, along with enjoying the many beaches of the Olympic Peninsula. Brian spent his summers and holidays working at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Port Angeles to earn money to further his education. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA, until his studies were interrupted by the Vietnam war. He enlisted in the Army as a conscientious objector and served as a combat medic. Returning to WSU, he earned degrees in Social Studies and English. Another year earned him a degree in Industrial Arts. That same year, in 1970, he married his bride of 50 years, Patty Ellis. He spent his teaching career of 31 years in Brewster, where they made their home raising two sons, Mark and Matthew. He enjoyed working with his students in grades K through 12, making many lifelong friends. Brian was active in supporting the local Boy Scout troop and would be remembered for his specialty classes of wildlife (birdhouses), shop class (making toys for the Children’s Hospital in Seattle), and team teaching Living History (wagon rides and Dutch oven cooking ). For the Trading Post extracurricular book exchange, when the students reached a challenge goal, Mr. Morey spent a night on the schoolhouse roof. Some summers were spent in travel study classes accompanied by his family. Many miles were covered between the Mexican border and the Arctic town of Inuvik and across two-thirds of his beloved US of A. Many hours were spent at his “Rattlesnake Hatchery” on North Star Road in the process of restoring the Ulrich Fries historic cabin, which got consumed by the 2014 Carlton Complex fire. Brian was a life member of VFW Post 6853 and the National Rifle Association.
 
Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Marge Morey Lindelien; stepdad Lyle; grandparents George and Lottie Morey Irwin and Robert and Winnie Cross Bauman, and surrogate granddad Bill Boyer. He is survived by his wife Patty; sons Mark and Matt (Cori); granddaughter Chloe; sister Colleen (Paul); foster brother Ray (Ginni); uncle/big brother Lyle (Joan) and stepsisters Karen (Harold), Krys and Darla. He will also be missed by his close uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
Perhaps in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic this will suffice for a memorial.
 
Thank you to all of you who did your best to help at the end of his life -- and to each of you showing your care at this time.

 

 

 

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