Sean Michael Stilwell
1998 - 2020


Sean Michael Stilwell was born Feb. 11, 1998, in Vancouver, WA, to Michael and Erin Stilwell. Sean was the youngest of three children, which meant he was always trying to best his older brother and sister, and oftentimes, he succeeded.
Sean was active in sports and both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts all throughout his childhood. He attended Pleasant Valley primary and middle schools, and graduated in 2016 from Prairie High School. During his time at Prairie, he played varsity tennis and golf, lettering in both.
After high school, Sean played Super Smash Bros. competitively, ranking 20th in the state of Oregon. He also enjoyed collecting rare Magic the Gathering cards and playing the game competitively. Among his peers he was considered one of the best players in the Pacific Northwest.
Sean loved cooking and was quite the chef. He also loved spending time with family and friends, and he adored his puppy Midnight, the furry love of his life.
Anyone who knew Sean would say he was a kind, loyal and generous friend. He had a heart that was bigger than he knew what to do with. Whether it was a meal, a few extra dollars to help make the rent or a place to stay for the night, he was always there for those he loved.
Sean is survived by his parents; brothers, Steven and Eric; and sister, Jamie; plus a host of relatives and friends who miss him dearly.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a celebration of life for Sean in 2021. In lieu of flowers, Sean’s family asks that donations be made in his and Midnight’s names to: I Paw’d It Forward, a local nonprofit that supports pet recovery. For information about the memorial or any donation questions, please email [email protected]
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Published by The Columbian on Sep. 27, 2020.
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I met Sean through my Nephews, he lived in their neighborhood. I remember he was a great friend to KT Keyt. Rest in Peace my friend, Im sure you will be missed by many❤.
Lisa Dirks
October 11, 2020
Although I didn’t know Sean personally, I grew up with his mama and want to send my deepest condolences to Erin and the family. Can’t stop thinking about this and what you must be going through. Peace be with you ❤
Marlene Schmidt-Denton
October 1, 2020
I am so so sorry about your lil boy

Colleen and John
Colleen Ritz
September 29, 2020
I love you, kiddo. Get some rest and I’ll see ya next round.
September 28, 2020
Dear Stilwell family,
We are so sorry to read about Sean’s passing and are praying for your family. Sean was a great friend and doubles tennis partner to Mackinnon. We will cherish the fond memories of Sean. ❣
The Buck Family
Rhonda Buck
September 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss. It is a very hard thing. One day the memories will be wonderful , but the loss will still be there. Love to all of you. It is a hard time.
Stella Downs
September 28, 2020
Sending love and prayers to your family. Sean you will be missed you were a bright light in this world to so many.
September 28, 2020
Our hearts go out to you, we are so very sorry, much love, Kerrie and Steve
Kerrie Banigan
September 28, 2020
You will be forever missed Honey. My Heart and Prayers go out to Your Family. I Love You All
Lisa McNamee
September 27, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Amy Miller
September 27, 2020
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine loosing a child and what you are going through. I hope for peace and strength for you and your family and friends.
Brett rose
September 27, 2020
Erin and Michael we are so sorry for your loss...
Charlotte, Vern and Donelle Odren
Donelle Odren
September 27, 2020
Erin Michael and family there are no words to express your loss I remember him so well getting hair cuts my sincere sympathy love Jackie
September 27, 2020
Gone too soon. Sean was so funny. He was friends with my son, so we saw him often. My memory of him is him running into our house, with a bag from subway. He played games on our deck with my son and other friends. I teased him about his long hair. He always laughed and took it so well. I’m not sure what happened to him.... but this world is sadder without him in it. My love goes out to his family
Karen Ingram
September 27, 2020
Really enjoyed working with Sean. Condolences to his friends and family.
Steve Rhodes
September 27, 2020
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