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In Memoriam: Warren R. Morgan

Warren R. Morgan, 60, passed away unexpectedly in May. He was born April 17, 1959 to Rex and Laurel Morgan in Soap Lake, Washington. He grew up in Quincy, Washington, and graduated from Quincy High School in 1977 and from Washington State University (WSU) in 1981. He returned to Quincy after graduating from WSU and lived there until his death.

His life as an entrepreneur began while he was still at WSU, where one of his first ventures was renting minifridges to college students. After graduating from WSU with a degree in horticulture, he came back to Quincy and shortly thereafter began working in his parents’ orchard. The family orchard had been purchased in 1976 as a retirement investment, but it soon became clear that Warren was going to be a businessman. Instead of being a retirement investment, the orchard eventually became one of a number of orchards that he owned and ran. In 1986, he and his father Rex were instrumental in establishing Double Diamond Fruit, an apple, cherry, and apricot packing facility of which he became president after his father retired from the position.

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In 1999, he married Heather Simmons. They had two sons, Chase (now 18) and Connor (now 16). When the boys were young, Warren and Heather decided to establish the Quincy Valley School, which continues today. After marrying Heather, Warren expanded the business to include raising cattle, growing row crops and hay, and operating a cider plant and a small vineyard. Warren was energetic, strategic, and analytical in his business decisions. He brought that talent to the several

Warren Morgan was a consummate board member. His passion for life was a big part of everything he did and was evident in his role as a director on the QCBID board. He came to meetings prepared with his idea of a solution, yet remained open to the other ideas presented. The breadth of his experience and his passion made conversations challenging, insightful, and respectful. We consistently came away from the dialogue with a greater degree of knowledge and the comfort of knowing that a thought-out decision had been reached. His dynamic presence will be greatly missed in our community.

— Quincy–Columbia Basin Irrigation District Board

boards he served on, including those of Tree Top, CMI Orchards, the Quincy– Columbia Basin Irrigation District (QCBID), the Mission Ridge Ski Team, and the Quincy Valley School. Warren had many hobbies that he was passionate about. His love for waterskiing inspired him to build a waterski lake in George, Washington, which was quite an undertaking. As an avid snow skier, Warren loved skiing the slopes of Mission Ridge with his two boys. He also enjoyed his many fishing trips with friends, where he could relax from his busy schedule, laugh with his buddies, and even catch a couple fish.

In recent years, the family spent memorable time enjoying paddle boarding and hopping on their wave runners and kayaks at their home in Idaho. A favorite activity was to hike or walk with Heather and their beloved dog, Sadie.

Warren had the gift of a quick wit and a sense of humor that was magnetic. You could not help but be drawn to him. He was, without intent, the life of the party.

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He was a mentor to many, sharing his knowledge of his many business interests. He was extremely intelligent and quietly generous. As an organ donor, he continues to give the gift of life to several and hope to many.

He was truly a force, one of a kind. He leaves this world a better place because he lived. Warren impacted so many lives, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Heather; his children Chase and Connor; his sister Camille Morgan and her husband John Stansell; his brother Walter Morgan and his wife Esther; his mother Laurel Morgan; and his nieces Madeleine Morgan, Amanda Panin, and Carolyn Stansell.

A celebration of life service was held at Columbia Grove Covenant Church in May. Donations in his memory may be made to the Quincy Valley School, 1804 13th Ave. SW, Quincy,
WA 98848.