Some folks affect countless people in their lifetime, Grandpa Morgan was definitely one of them. Grandma and Grandpa’s house has always been a place of home and comfort for all. He placed great focus and excitement toward family and extended family gatherings.
Grandpa’s love language throughout his life seemed to be acts of service. Some of those included: Serving his country in WWII at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the Navy and proudly became a part of the liberation of the Philippines; sponsoring Vietnamese immigrants and becoming lifelong friends with some displaced by war in the 1970s; active member of the Sunday Dinner (Feed-In) at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle’s University District; Holiday Food Basket program; and delivering holiday meals to families. He was a volunteer visitor at Fircrest Hospital and Assisted Living facility for people with disabilities; served on the Board and was an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul; a volunteer at the Helpline House on Bainbridge Island; and one of his greatest joys, assisting at the Reading Program at Ordway Elementary School on Bainbridge Island. Grandpa stood up for equality and was active in doing so~ marching and protesting for Women’s Rights and Black Lives Matter. He was an incredible supporter of his large family to whom he passed on wonderful values.
Here are some more life lessons learned from Grandpa: There is no such thing as too many popsicles; it’s always a good time for dessert; stories are still good when the storyteller falls asleep and, if you wake him, he’ll keep going; all humans are equal and should be treated as such; some people truly are “Baby Whisperers”. If you hand him a tired baby, he’ll hand him or her back, asleep; some laps always attract children; you’re never too old to tell jokes; take care of the kids~ kids come first; you’re never too old to continue your education; dancing is always acceptable (and expected at our family gatherings); If you put your picture next to his bed enough times, eventually he’ll leave it there; the staircase has been the perfect cousin photo place since the early 80s; you are never too old to stand up for what you think is right (or wrong); and, lastly, 96 years doesn’t seem long enough.
Luke Elcock Morgan Sr. was born November 3, 1925 in Seattle, WA. He passed away at his home on Bainbridge Island, WA on March 28th, 2022. His children were there to share his passing and honor his life. His wife, Lillian Fitzgerald Morgan, preceded him in death five years ago. His daughter, Frances Morgan of Olympia, WA., passed away in 2011. Luke’s surviving family members include his brother, Joe Morgan and his wife, Maryanne, of Langley, WA. and his sister-in-law, Helen Morgan, of Indianola, WA.
Surviving children: Patricia (and Jim) Hasslinger of Cottonwood, AZ.; Kathleen Schiavone of Suquamish, WA.; Eileen Morgan of Camano Island, WA.; Mary Morgan of Battleground, WA. ; Luke Morgan, Jr. of Bainbridge Island, WA.; Leanne (and Pete) Biggs of Bainbridge Island, WA. ; Jane Morgan of Olympia, WA ; John Morgan of Indianola, WA. ; and Jean (and Charles) Hargrett of Seattle, WA. Over 30 Grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.
Luke will be interned at the Tahoma Veterans Cemetery alongside his wife, Lillian. A mass will be held at St. Cecilia’s May 21, 2022 at 10am followed by a Celebration of Life at the Filipino-American Community Hall on Bainbridge Island.