Nathan J. Rapp


Nathan Rapp, 57, died in a vehicle accident north of Ellsworth, July 25, 2019. He was born Feb. 17, 1962, in Choteau, Mont., to Gerald and Frances Rapp.

Nathan grew up near Fairfield, Mont., hunting, fishing and trapping every free moment he could. He learned to work hard and play incredibly well with others in a one-room school and in the loving arms of his immediate and extended family.

Nathan irrigated on his motorcycle and fought forest fires for the U.S. Forest Service on the Helena Hotshot crew. He traveled all over the West as their lead sawyer. Nathan met his then-firefighting wife-to-be, Heather Morrison, on fires in Idaho in 1988. They celebrated 28 years of loving marriage June 8.

Nathan’s pride and true joy was his family. He loved nothing more than supporting his daughter, son and wife in their ventures. He made homes out of houses, chicken palaces out of coops, gardens out of fields and friends out of neighbors and acquaintances. Nathan was a giver and a helper, always available to quietly do anything it took to make the world and people he came in contact with better. His spirit was and still is great and easy to see shining through his children and all who love him.

He is survived by his smitten wife, Heather, daughter, Kara Morrison, and son, Clark Morrison, of Blue Hill; his parents, Gerald and Frances Rapp, and brother, Mathias Rapp, of Fairfield, Mont., and his sister, Niomie McShane, of Missoula, Mont., and too many cousins, nieces and nephews to list, but not to be forgotten.

A potluck and fireworks celebration of Nathan’s life will be held Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at his home, 280 Turkey Farm Road, Blue Hill (rain date p.r.n.). Gifts in Nathan’s memory can be sent to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 222, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or Down East Family YMCA, 238 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

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