Terry Alan Morrison
1945 - 2020
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September 19, 1945 ˜ December
13, 2020

On Dec. 13, 2020, at 3:30 a.m., Terry Alan Morrison passed peacefully at his home in Gig Harbor, WA. He fought an unrelenting battle with metastatic colon cancer for five years. He met every challenge with ferocious bravery, dogged determination, dignity, humor and resignation.
Born Sept. 19, 1945, to Clinton Hardy Morrison and Kathleen May Morrison in Glenwood, MN, Terry graduated from Evergreen High School in 1963. It was there that his passion for aviation was ignited.
At 16, Terry earned his pilot’s license and, at 17, his private license. This allowed him to fly passengers. Soon after he joined his father, Bud, at his business, Air Ambulance Northwest, where they transported patients to and from the Portland-Vancouver area, carried mail for Loomis Courier Service, monitored the pipelines for NW Natural Gas and patrolled Gifford Pinchot Forest for fires out of Trout Lake, WA. Terry was also a proud veteran of the US Army.
For the rest of his life, Terry lived to fly. He continued his career path with jobs at Pape Brothers, Pacific Air and Rockwell. In 1996, Terry ended his career with the “dream job” as a corporate pilot for Weyerhaeuser Company in Washington state. He traveled the world and flew all kinds of passengers from movie stars to a vice president and “never left anyone up there” he was proud to say.
On April 17, 2020, Terry was presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award “in recognition for 50 years of exemplary aviation flight experience, distinguished professionalism and steadfast commitment to aviation safety.” He was so honored.
Though aviation provided him the “dream career,” it was flying to Grants Pass and surprising his three young grandsons with an airplane ride and teaching his 65-year-old best friend, Pete, to fly, that were the highlights. In his retirement, Terry loved traveling with Denise and his dogs, watching Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks games and, in the end, the notes and memories shared by friends, colleagues and family gave him so much joy.
Terry was loving, generous, warm, friendly, strong-willed, neat, loyal, kind, funny and grateful. Though Terry was inspired by his love for aviation, he was sustained by his love for his family, friends and animals. He will be very, very missed.
He is survived by loving wife, Denise; daughters, Tammi, Teely and Kelle; beloved grandsons, Zachery, Brayden and Michael; and brothers, Darby, Randy and Kelly.
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Published in The Columbian on Dec. 27, 2020.
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December 27, 2020
So very sorry to hear that Terry has passed. Our hearts are with his family. My family "The Kinney's" have alot of good fun memories of Terry and his family. Terry flew with NW Pipeline with my Dad "Bob" being the observer. The first time I flew was with Terry back in 1976 up to Seattle. On the way back it was just him and I and he made it so fun. I will never forget that trip. RIP Terry and fly high!!
Kimberly Bethje
December 27, 2020
Terry thank you for a wonderful book of memories. We have so many good times to remember. Fishing trips to Canada were always a highlight. One room cabin with all of us trying to go to sleep and Ray saying, " I give you 5min before I start to snore". So many other good times to remember. You had a great life well lived. You are so missed by all your family and friends. Flying high and loving it! Love you,
Aunt Rose
Rose Anderson
December 27, 2020
Your strength, humor, and positive attitude were amazing! Such a great example of living life to the fullest until the end! Fly high Terry.....Love you!
Lori Nordgaard
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