William Scott Morrow

Born: Sat., Nov. 1, 1952
Died: Tue., Apr. 11, 2017

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 17, 2017

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On April 11, 2017 we lost an intrepid explorer and life adventurist. William Scott Morrow was born November 1, 1952 to Marjory Robertson Morrow and Harold “Bud” Morrow in Rockford, Illinois, joining his brother Greg Morrow and his beloved grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He spent his childhood swimming at the country club, causing neighborhood mischief with friends, and having Sunday dinners with his family. This was the simple start to a life lived boldly and adventurously. Bill always had a story to tell, a place to travel, and a new friend he had made through his inability to sit quietly next to a stranger.


After two years of competitive swimming at the University of Arizona, he followed his brother to the University of Oregon, where he became a lifelong Duck. From there he got on with his quest to live life to the fullest. He hitchhiked from Panama back to the States, lived in Afghanistan with his brother and sister in law, Patty Morrow, and traveled to other exotic locations. Throughout his expeditions he also developed a true passion for photography.


Bill’s work life was as varied and colorful as he was. From exporting rugs and socks in Afghanistan to starting a mini fridge rental business, he was never without a new venture. He also worked in videography over the years, in particular for the Portland Trail Blazers and Magaurn Video Media.


In his 40s he decided to put his exceptional drawing and design skills to good use, attending the University of Oregon and receiving a master’s degree in historic preservation and architecture, while working on projects for Denali National Park in Alaska. He subsequently started his own design, rebuild, and painting business in Portland, Oregon. In recent years he was also a reservist with FEMA’s Department of Environmental and Historic Preservation. He traveled to over a dozen states around the country, from Seattle to New Jersey, Texas to North Carolina, ensuring that historic buildings and structures ravaged by natural disasters were properly preserved and rebuilt.


Bill was also an innovator. Among many other things, he insisted that he invented a method of tying shoes that would prevent them from coming untied, but wasn’t as cumbersome as a double knot. This has been debunked by a number of people who also use this method of tying their shoes.


Although it is nearly impossible to find all the right words to encapsulate his remarkable life, no description of it would be complete without mentioning the people he loved most. He was exceedingly proud of his children, Claire and Will Morrow, with former wife Kim Morrow.  They spent countless hours playing gin rummy and cribbage together. He gave Claire his eye for photography and his “parking karma.” He gave Will his skill for building things and love of nature. He also dearly loved his fiancee, Judy Sears. They spent much of their time hiking, camping, and traveling together, always sending photos from far-flung locales like Spain and Mexico. And we must not forget his faithful dog, Ozzie, who is undoubtedly by his side wherever they are. Bill also had many other family members and friends who had become family over the years; people he laughed with, loved with, and with whom he moved through the journey of life.


May we carry his endless supply of warmth, kindness, friendship, and sense of adventure with us always.


For those who are able to attend, services will be held on June 17, 2017 at the Unitarian Church in Oregon City from 2-5PM (http://uucwf.org).

Memorial donations may be made to the Oregon Humane Society or the Architectural Heritage Center.


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Gerald Kent Fields
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
Unto everything there is a season. May the good Lord watch over thee, while we are absent, one from the other.

Jill Dorn Zsuppán
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I used to love to hear my dad tell stories of when they were young, especially their Sunday dinners. He will be missed.

Rick Collins
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Bill was a great swimmer him and Ralph and I went to Fort Lauderdale when we were seniors for Christmas. We missed 2 swim meets he went back and I got kickoff. He was a great guy, wish I got to know him better.

Tara Potts
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
I worked with Bill for a short time. Our short work phone calls often turned into long talks. The first time we spoke I knew he was my friend. I felt lucky to finally meet him face to face for the first time this past March and his warmth and kindness was even more palpable in person than I could have imagined. I am so grateful I had that time to sit and chat with him in person, finally. I just wanted to let his loved ones I am another person among the many who felt his light. I hope you find some comfort in that. I know you will hear it from many more.

Joel Egan
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Hello all, Bill was so compassionate and thoughtful and mindful of others during my time with him at the University of Oregon Graduate School of Architecture. I am not surprised that he touched so many lives.

Don Didier
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
I was friends with Bill during Jr and Sr High School. We were on the swimming team together. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a such a great guy.

Jeb Berry
   Posted Fri September 15, 2017
I grew up with Bill in Rockford Illinois. He visited me in Panama I traveled to Afghanistan with Bill. Just found out of his passing. Bill you and Greg will
be missed. It was a pleasure to know you ...Rest In Peace My Friend !

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