On Sunday, April 10, 2016, Ronald William Morcom Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family — wife, sons and daughters-in-law.
Ron was born in Boise, Idaho, on July 6, 1936, and was raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 1954 and attended Oregon State University. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1958 and accepted a position with The Boeing Co. in Seattle. He worked up the ranks into management, putting in 37 years of service before his retirement in 1995. He often spoke fondly of his career years and all the fellow co-workers he loved.
While on an outing to Mount Hood, he met and later married Margaret Louise Shuman in 1957. In 1958 they had their first of three sons, Ronald William Jr., followed by Stephen Eric in 1959, and Gregory John in 1964. In 1964, Ron and Margaret moved from North Seattle to Bellevue where they raised their children through high school. Marysville, Washington, became their most recent home in 2000.
In 1972, Ron and Margaret purchased property at the Lost River Airport in Mazama. In 1981 they built their dream cabin. Family and friends still use it to this day.
While working at the Troutdale Airport during high school, Ron obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 17, before he had a driver’s license. He later joined the Civil Air Patrol and volunteered his skills and training for many years. In 1987 he realized his life-long dream of owning an aircraft. He later received his Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot Certificate. He attended the Reno Air Races for more than 20 years, and for many of those trips, flew his aircraft to the races with his son. He loved to take friends up flying or go by himself to just “bore holes in the sky.” Flying was a passion for Ron, and he flew regularly until just before his passing.
Ron’s other hobbies and passions included a model railroad club, golf, snowmobiling, RV club travels, movie collecting, telling a good joke, and a love of dogs. He also coached youth soccer and his wife’s women’s softball team.
There are no words that can express the tremendous and deep loss of this most amazing man, devoted and loving husband, caring, proud, hands-on Dad, supportive grandfather, and loyal friend. All those that had the pleasure to know him, loved him. After his retirement he made a personal commitment to always be there for his family and friends when needed; a promise he always kept. His continual patience and dedication to loved ones made him a saint; one that has left us all too soon. But happy is the thought that he joins his third son Greg for an awaited tee-time in the next world.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents John and Alberta Morcom; son Greg Morcom; brother Bill Morcom; sisters-in-law Margaret Morcom and Doris Brown; nephew Bill Morcom; and niece Peggy Morcom. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Morcom; sons Ron Morcom Jr. and Steve Morcom; daughters-in-law Tracy Morcom and Pam Morcom; grandchildren Kalynn Morcom, Toria Morcom, Shana Morcom, Jake Morcom, and Zane Morr; brothers-in-law Hank Quinnett and Lanny Shuman; sisters-in-law Ruth Quinnett and Debbie Shuman; nieces Karen Dobson, Maggie Songer, Jenny Hampton, Elise Prickett, Monica Shuman, Denise Shuman, Yolanda Jackson, Jennifer Shuman, and Tamarah Shuman; nephews Rick Morcom, Keith Shuman, Aaron Shuman, Thomas Shuman, Giovanni Martinez, and Antonio Shuman.
Ron’s celebration will be held June 18 at noon, at Lake Goodwin Community Club, 17323 42nd Ave. Northwest, Stanwood, WA 98292.
Donations accepted in Ron’s name at the Marysville Food Bank or Seattle Children’s Hospital.