Stephen Loren "Steve" Huff Jr.
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1938 ˜ 2020

Stephen “Steve” Huff passed away Dec. 29, 2020, at the age of 82 in Vancouver, WA. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT, the son of Stephen Loren Huff, Sr. and Melba Sperry Stout. He was preceded in death by his parents and also his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Michael Bennett, of Salt Lake City, who passed just recently.
Steve grew up in Vancouver with a golf club in his hand. He and his father golfed together throughout his young life, and when Steve attended Clark College he was named Best in State. Throughout his life, Steve always heard the call of the fairway and was drawn to the lure of the green.
In business as in golf, Steve followed in the footsteps of his father, who owned a men’s clothing store in Vancouver. Steve Sr. opened stores in other cities and Steve joined him in that business, then did the same for Montgomery Ward. But later, when he managed a company that sold lumber, Steve’s career direction changed forever. He purchased a wood mill and later founded Wasatch Forest Products.
In 2004, Steve was set up on a blind date with Dianne Schafer of Portland, OR, beginning a loving 17-year, late-in-life journey together. Although both had been married before, together they found a joy that nourished them both. They moved to Park City, UT, in 2011 and later to St. George, UT. But the call of home and family was strong, and they moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2017.
Although Steve and Dianne had no children together, their blended family included Steve’s daughter, Traci (Bart) Viers; son, Tyler (Sherri) Huff and Dianne’s son Aaron (Angela) Bruce. Between them, they had 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren that he loved deeply. He leaves grandchildren, Zach Bybee, Lauren (Shawn) Watson, Christian and Alex Boyer, Nicholas and Jacob Huff, Shaleena and Nolan Viers, Gabriella and Clayton Bruce. Great-grandchildren are Boden and Joelle Watson, Kaylee, Finn and Eddie Viers.
Steve served in the Army National Guard for over seven years. He’s interred at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Parkinson’s research in Steve’s name.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 14, 2021.
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