Vaughn N. “Skip” Storm

September 7, 1940 - July 11, 2019


Skip passed away at Harrison Medical Center at the age of 78.

He was born to Howard N. and Marie Smith Storm on September 7, 1940 in Seattle. His family moved to several states but ended in Ketchikan, Alaska, where he graduated in 1958. He joined the Seabees and Navy after high school and was stationed in Laos and Yokosuka, Japan. After returning in 1961 he was hired at Crown Zellerbach paper mill where he worked as an electrician for 55 years.

He met Jane Riecke while teaching scuba lessons. They were married December 1, 1973.

In November of 1975, he joined the Port Townsend Volunteer Fire Department, where he worked his way up from firefighter to Battalion Chief, and retired in 2006.

Skip loved the mountains, water and history. In 1986, he and co-workers from the mill traveled to Skagway, Alaska, where they hiked the Klondike Gold Rush Trail.

In August of 1989, he packed the kids up and headed north with Ralph and Heidi Watson to Whitehorse in the Yukon, to float fourteen days and 470 miles down the Yukon River to Dawson City.

Skip and Jane took several cruises over the years and they loved to camp and fish.

There was nothing Skip couldn’t make or do. He taught himself wood carving and was a respected carver, specializing in Native artwork. He was an Alaskan Haida Native. He was a member of the PNW Wood Artisans.

He is survived by his wife Jane Storm, daughter Rebecca Krajewski, son Chris Storm and four wonderful grandchildren, Logan Storm, Kaylee and Elizabeth Krajewski and Avery Belle Storm.

A celebration of his life was held on July 28, 2019 at the Port Townsend Elks. East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, and long time friend Ralph Watson officiated over the ceremony. The family was surrounded by hundreds of people who came to show their love and respect.

A Skip Storm Memorial account has been opened at Kitsap Credit Union. Donations can be dropped off at the credit union or sent c/o Jane Storm, 2036 Cleveland, St. Port Townsend, WA 98368. Scholarships will be given to students going into a trade or fire fighting school.


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