Sept. 10, 1953 ~ Nov. 18, 2018
Stephen Joseph Laird, age 65, of Columbia City, Oregon passed away in his home on Nov. 18, 2018.
He is survived by his wife Athena Laird of 39 years; daughters Melissa St. Onge, Amber Cave, and Christine Hair; grandchildren Katherine and Kristine Pedigo, Elijah, Tristen, Aubrey, Stephen and Summer Cave, and Logan and Ivan Hair; mother Betty Laird; mother-in-law Ardel Jury; siblings Harold Laird Jr., Carol Breitbach, Greg Laird, and Bonnie Albrich. He was preceded in death by his father Harold Laird Sr.; father- in- law Duane Jury; and twin grandsons Kyle and Kevin Pedigo.
Steve was born Sept. 10, 1953 in Victorville, California to Harold and Betty (Bass) Laird. He attended Victor Valley High School and was in the graduating class of 1971. After graduation, the family relocated to Moses Lake, Washington where Steve worked on a sheep farm for approximately a year. His family then relocated to Silverton and opened a gas and service station where he worked until starting at Johnson Brothers Lumber Mill in 1975. Steve married Athena Jury on Dec. 8, 1979 and they remained in Silverton until the following year. Steve transitioned to Friesen’s Lumber Co. in December 1980 where he worked as Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and Lead Automation until 2005. He formed an industrial fabrication and installation company in 2004.
Steve had a love for the outdoors with a focus on hunting and fishing as well as a gun enthusiast. His other passions included building and racing cars. He was a member of the Columbia County Racing Association and the Pacific Hardtop Racing Association. He raced a ¾ scale dwarf car at many tracks in the region. He later built and raced an IMCA modified stock car.
Steve will always be remembered for his love of airplanes and flying. He took flying lessons and built and flew remote control airplanes his whole life. This was something he enjoyed with his father as well as his friends and other family members through the years.
Steve served as a Deacon at the St. Helens First Christian Church where he and his wife have attended since 2005. He also served with Silverton First Christian Church alongside his father in law for “Mission to Mexico”. He was involved with other youth activities including coaching softball and Columbia County Hotshots 4-H Archery club, as well as member of Bushman Archers.
A memorial service will be held at the St. Helens First Christian Church on Dec. 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please bring a donation for the local food bank to the service. Food barrels will be provided. Please sign our online guestbook at www.columbiafh.com.