Keith Morgan was one of the last of the Giants, a truly educated man, not just a degreed one‑—a man equally at home at the bow of a salmon fishing boat, presiding at a council meeting, or managing a high school.
Keith was a dedicated educator whose integrity, work ethic, and sense of humor were legendary. He devoted his life and his entire professional career to the Lake Stevens community.
He came to Lake Stevens in 1951 to teach at Hartford Grade School, where he raised the flag, stoked the fire, and served a hot lunch to his students every day.
Keith’s teaching career was interrupted for military service in Korea where he served his country honorably for two years. When he returned to Lake Stevens he taught at the junior-senior high school. He earned his Masters degree from WWU, and became assistant principal in the early 1970’s.
As high school principal, Keith oversaw the transition from the “Pink Palace” to the newly built high school complex. When he retired in 1983, he was principal of this new state-of–the-art high school of 1,100 students. During that time, our community changed from a sleepy rural summer resort to the vigorous suburban city of today.
Keith always had time to help—kids, friends, neighbors, and his community. He was a Charter member of the Kiwanis club and remained an active member throughout his life. Keith’s commitment to community service included several terms on the city planning commission, he played a key role in the building of the Library and the Museum, and he was a strong supporter of Aqua Fest.
Keith Morgan’s contributions to the community cannot be measured by these few examples. His legacy lives on in all the lives he touched, and the many people he inspired.