Morrie could always be counted on for a QSO in just about every contest. He wasn't a hardcore contester in the last 20 years, but could always be found on the band giving out a contact to anyone who was trying hard!
The Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) sponsors a special award "W7LVI 2nd Century of CW" in his memory and to recognize the 100th anniversary of radio in 1995. The award is given for demonstrated proficiency in Morse Code while engaging in DX’ing and contests.
Florence and Morrie typified the qualities of their generation. They built themselves up from modest beginnings. They were generous and helpful to others, volunteering many hours to their groups. Beyond the context of our clubs, in many ways the Shepherds were symbolic of a Seattle which now seems largely in the past. - SquakBox, August 1996
Born March 12, 1920, in Denver, Colo., Mr. Shepherd grew up in Westport and attended school in Westport and Ocosta. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Florence O. Fesler Sept 18, 1954, in Bellevue.
He lived in Lynnwood until 1970 when he moved to the Pine Lake Plateau. He retired from Frederick & Nelson as a TV technician in 1982.
He was a 50-year member of the Western Washington DX Club, his call was W7LVI and he was a long-time trustee and became the holder of the club call W7FR. Mr. Shepherd was a charter member and a founder of the Jaguar Drivers Club of Northwest America since 1959 and was a life member of Skyway VFW Post 9430 and the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club.
In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, fishing and bee keeping.
His survivors include his wife, Florence; a stepdaughter, Margo Sinney and her family of Burien; a sister, Marjorie Lester of San Jose, Calif., a brother, Robert Shepherd of San Jose; and numerous nieces and nephews. - Issaquah Press, June 23, 1996
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