Walking On - Mark Brian Steere

09.30.2014 Michelle Alaimo Walking On

Mark Brian Steere

March 2, 1956 - Sept. 9, 2014

Tribal spouse Mark Brian Steere, 58, of Willamina passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at home with his family and beloved dog, Bucky.

Although Mark managed to battle and beat cancer at a very young age, the effects of his treatment created lifelong health issues. Mark was a geologist, mechanic, logger, husband, father, brother, cousin, uncle and friend. He will be missed by many.

Mark was born in Crescent City, Calif., on March 2, 1956, to George and Charlotte Steere. His family moved to Oregon and he grew up with his brothers and cousins on the Siletz River in Lincoln City. Mark graduated from Taft High School in 1974 and was a proud Oregon State University alumnus.

He married his wife, Barbara (Leno), on Sept. 27, 1987. They enjoyed nearly 27 years together. Their son, Douglas, arrived in February 1996. Their niece, Aubrey, spent many summers and vacations with Mark, Barbara and Douglas. Mark enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, taking long drives, water and snow skiing, and Seattle Seahawks football. He was a lifelong learner, with a book or newspaper always in hand. Most of all, Mark enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mark is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Douglas; parents, George and Charlotte Steere; brothers, Mike (Ela) Steere of Lincoln City and Jeff (Debbie) Steere of Beaverton; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Steere.

Barbara and Douglas send their thanks and appreciation to all for the love and support they have received from family and friends. At Mark's request, no services were held. A potluck in Mark's honor was held Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Thomas family property in Grand Ronde.

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