The unofficially official memorial page for Ken Morton, AKA Dread Pirate Kermit.

What happened?

On the final leg of the 3-day Utah 1088 rally, Ken was headed westbound on I-80 through Nebraska. The day was stormy—many tornadoes touched down nearby. His bike went into the grassy median (likely because of a wind gust from the north). The bike tumbled, causing Ken to be ejected from the bike, resulting in immediate death. This occurred at about 9 p.m. on June 25, 2011, just outside Kimball, Nebraska.

Many people were watching Ken's SPOT Messenger map, and his lack of forward progress was noted by early the following morning. Ken's wife Lisa was notified of his death, and his friends began to hear about it by late in the day.

Contrary to some rumors and news reports, Ken wasn't thrown into oncoming traffic, nor were the conditions such that the bike hydroplaned.

Recommended reading and viewing

memorial table photo Unexpected Consequences - Jack Lewis on Ken Morton

There’s an old story about Chinese luck. It’s probably B.S., which is why it belongs in this blog… An aged farmer’s stallion kicked down his stall and ran off. The farmer’s neighbors commiserated. “Ah, bad luck!,” they said, but Li Chien only shrugged. “Good luck, bad luck,” he said. “Who can tell?” Shaking their heads ... read more

Ken's kermit tattoo Ted's kermit tattoo Dean's kermit tattoo
Kermit tattoo gallery: Ken, Ted, Dean, Molly

Dread Pirate Kermit/Ken Morton memorial toast from Ted Timmons on Vimeo.

Dread Pirate Kermit/Ken Morton memorial revoff from Ted Timmons on Vimeo.

Memorial pages and remembrances

3-day 1088 ride reports

This is the ride Ken was on when he died.

Ken's crash in the news

As stated above, the news isn't correct- he wasn't "thrown back into traffic".

Significant old posts from Ken

This section is lonely! If you know of something Ken wrote that is worth sharing, contact Ted!
Ken in his Utah 1088/MERA shirt Ken/Kermit sticker Ken on his DL650 Ken, Lisa, Cindy, Faye, Ted Ted, Ken at Mt. St. Helens Ken at an RTE in Bend(?)