2018-2019 Grand Lodge Officers
Most Worshipful Grand Master
M.W.B. James L. Morgan was born in July 1951 and spent his childhood in Rainier, Ore. with his father, a local business owner, mother, a teacher in the Rainier School District, and an older and sometimes wiser, sister. Jim attended Rainier High School and was active in school activities including band and drama and also found time to work in his dad’s service station. Following his high school graduation in 1969, Jim attended Mt. Hood Community College but true love called, and after a couple of years of dating, he married his soulmate, Terrie, and they started their married life in Clatskanie, Ore.
Jim started working at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Wauna, Ore. in August 1970. He worked in the mill for the next 46 years. During that time, Jim spent 30 years as an operator in the pulp mill, starting as the cleanup guy and finishing as one of the lead operators. In 2000, he accepted a supervisor’s position and for the very first time, worked a regular five-day work week. When he retired in 2016, he had held every supervisory position in the department including superintendent.
Over the years Jim found a number of ways to serve his community. He coached Little League Baseball the first six years he lived in Clatskanie. Jim then joined the Clatskanie Volunteer Fire Department, serving 18 years as a volunteer firefighter and advanced life support emergency medical technician. During his time in the department, he served several years as president of the volunteer organization as well as the secretary-treasurer. In 1982, Jim was asked to accept an appointment to the Clatskanie City Council. He served as a city councilor for a total of 29 years, retiring from the council at the end of his term in 2016. Jim returned to volunteer coaching when his daughters started playing sports; coaching, and occasionally umpiring several softball teams from youth through high school.
Jim’s Masonic career began in 1982 when he petitioned Clatskanie Lodge No. 133 for the degrees of Masonry. Becoming a Mason is a family legacy for Jim as his father, Ralph Morgan, served as Master of Rainier Lodge No. 24 in 1951. In 1983, Jim started through the chairs in Clatskanie Lodge and served the Lodge as Master for the first time in 1988. He would again serve as Master in 2008. Jim served the Grand Lodge as a District Deputy for Grand Masters M.W.B. Johnson, Richmond, and Bush. He was the Junior Grand Deacon with M.W.B. Hunt Compton, P.G.M. and Grand Historian with M.W.B. David Fryday, P.GM. In 2016, M.W.B. Mike Wick, P.G.M. appointed Jim to the Senior Grand Deacon position. He is a member of the Baker Valley Scottish Rite, St. Helens York Rite bodies, and Al Kader Shrine.
Jim and Terrie remain in Clatskanie, have two daughters, Christina (Brian) and Amy (Garey). They also have two grandchildren, Jack and Lilly. If he is not doing something for the Grand Lodge, you can find Jim at one of the grandkids’ events or relaxing on the golf course.