Evan Samuel Morse, 31, died Nov. 30, 2010, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, surrounded by his family.

Evan was born in Belfast July 6, 1979, to Lester S. Morse and Mary J. (Staples) Morse.

Evan grew up in Belfast and graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1997. He was a fun-loving, adventuresome boy who brought great joy to his family and friends, but gave them all a run for their money. On Oct. 14, 2002, he married Kimberlee Courant on Frye Mountain in Waldo. They lived in Portland and Rockport before moving to Islesboro, where Evan worked as a caretaker.

The outdoors was a big part of Evan’s life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, playing the guitar, foraging for edible mushrooms, walking and camping with his family. If he wanted to learn about something, he researched it tirelessly until he was confident about it, as was evidenced in his mushroom hunting, and cooking prowess. It was not a daunting task for him to take days to prepare the perfect gumbo. One friend described him as a very colorful character, as he’d never before seen anyone face down a bear by running at it while pounding on a guitar.

Evan is survived by his wife, Kimberlee (Courant) Morse of Isleboro; a daughter, Aisling Morse, of Islesboro; his parents, Mary Gilman and her husband, Darrell, of Belfast; Lester S. Morse of Belmont; a dear grandmother, Maravene Gilman, of Skowhegan; two brothers, Cory Morse and his wife, Jill, of Belfast and Ryan Morse of Vassalboro; aunts and uncles, Michael Staples of Winterport, Harold and Judith Morse, Norman Morse and Bertha Hardison, all of Maine and Florida, and James and Darlene Morse of Swanville; and many cousins.

Evan will also be missed by his mother-in-law, Sandra Rogers, and her husband, Skip, of Northport; his father-in-law, Todd Courant, and his wife, Fran Vitolo, of Topsham; Kim’s grandmother, Jane Snyder, of Belfast, two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Woodrow and her husband, Adam, of Hampden and Rachael Courant of Islesboro; two brothers-in-law, Nick and Tom Courant of Topsham; nephews Skyler and Joseph Morse and Gabriel Woodrow; and nieces Bellamy Morse, Arden and Joelle Woodrow.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 5, at Grove Cemetery in Belfast, followed by a reception at the Gilman residence in Belfast.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Educational Fund for Aisling Morse, c/o Key Bank, 111 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden.