It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen E. West. He was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed by many. He never knew a stranger and would always make you feel welcome. Anyone that truly understood him knew he had such a big heart; was touched by his kindness; humor; and mild temperament. He was truly a peacemaker and was always a source of positivity.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Donna, 3 children, Naomi (Steve) of CDA, Allison, and Robert of Boise, his father (Dr. Robert West) and mother (Martha), of CDA , 1 brother Chris (Natalie) of The Woodlands, TX, and 3 sisters, Anna (Matt) CDA, Cathy (Dick) CDA, and Sarah (Brian) of Tsawwassen, Canada, 3 lovely grandchildren Alexandria 13, Samantha 11, and Kennedy 6, numerous nieces and nephews who love their Uncle Steve as well as his extended family and an abundance of friends. We will all miss him more than words can say.
Steve has had a variety of positions starting as the Bureau Chief at Department of Health, Boise Regional Administrator at DEQ, he owned and operated an Engineering Firm (Centra) for 13 years and was working at his final and favorite position at Northwest Power & Conservation Council when he passed. Steve poured his heart and soul into his work and all the people Steve worked with absolutely admired him.
Steve recently was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution, a true honor that pleased him greatly.
He loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing that Steve is now at peace surrounded by light. A short “celebration of life” will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Church of God Seventh Day, Building 1808 W. 3rd Street, Meridian. Burial will be at the Dry Creek Cemetery where there will be graveside services at the Syringa Section at 2:00 p.m. All friends and family are invited to join us celebrate a life well lived but taken too soon.
We give a special “thank you” to the St. Luke’s Hospice team who took such great care of him during his final time on earth.
“You never said I’m leaving, you never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knew why. A million times we needed you, a million times we cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home.”
A celebration of life will be held, 12:00 pm, Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Church of God Seventh Day building, 1808 W. 3rd St., Meridian. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm, at Dry Creek Cemetery, 9600 Hill Rd., Boise.
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Marcie Young saysJuly 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm
Prayers for Peace and Comfort for Donna and Steve’s family. Steve was such an incredible guy. Always a professional and so kind. RIP
Donna saysJuly 17, 2022 at 1:50 pm
Thank you Marcie! He leaves a hole that can’t be filled and I’m so glad you saw him as his is–incredible but kind!!
Carol Sue Morgan saysJuly 16, 2022 at 9:30 am
Thinking of and praying for you all! I have fond memories of Steve when he was able to come to North Dakota and sailing on the lake! I also credit him as the reason I capsized a kayak in a “no swimming” lake here in Prescott. He always said to go ALL OUT when kayaking. (I never did his kind of kayaking)
Kirk Quarterman saysJuly 16, 2022 at 2:46 pm
Steve was a man who loved life but loved the Author of Life even more. He has crossed the Bar for the final trip.
Karl Ryder saysJuly 16, 2022 at 3:07 pm
I am very sorry to hear of your loss and pray Yehovah’s Shalom – His Peace, His Comfort, His Guidance, His Instructions in Truth and Righteousness and His Promises of Resurrection and Hope in Yeshua Messiah to you and your family. –
Num 6:22 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 6:23 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, In this way you shall bless the sons of Israel, saying to them:
Num 6:24 Jehovah bless you and keep you;
Num 6:25 Jehovah cause His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you;
Num 6:26 Jehovah lift up His face to you, and give you peace.
In The Name of the Prince of Peace – Yeshua – The Messiah
Randy Hill saysJuly 17, 2022 at 8:00 am
Donna and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Steve was such a kind, intelligent, caring, capable and thoughtful person. He will be sorely missed. God bless.
Duane Marler saysJuly 17, 2022 at 11:14 am
Lots of good memories Steve, both in business and as a fishing buddy! I remember you were the only one who caught a permit on our saltwater fishing adventure. We first met on the Grande Ronde River fishing for steelhead and had many wonderful outings since. Miss you my friend!
Doug Glaspey saysJuly 17, 2022 at 6:42 pm
Dear Donna and family, I am so sad to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a gem and I will always remember our hunting and fishing expeditions, and of course business affiliations with his engineering work and legislative efforts. He will be sorely missed on this earth. I will miss the celebration on Friday, but I will be fly fishing and will make many casts with him standing next to me. He left this world a better place! I love you my friend.
Dr. Holly Lenz saysJuly 17, 2022 at 10:06 pm
I had the privilege to watch Steve confront an angry crowd as he presented environmental facts to the Downwinders at Handford. He was professional, empathic, and calm in the face of an angry crowd. I was very impressed with his ability to stand tall and be honest and calm when it was needed. My deepest sympathy to the friends and family he leaves behind. He is, honestly, gone too soon.
Norris J Boothe saysJuly 20, 2022 at 3:02 pm
My condolences to you all. I am sad to lose an old friend who contributed to so many of my good memories. The latest of which was when Robert shot his first deer above the West Family cabin. My mind wanders back through steelhead fishing – I kick myself for choosing elk hunting over steelheading the next year. As I’ve been clearing and burning undergrowth for my retirement home, I think of a weekend doing similar work with Steve at Cascoe Bay. Steve always followed the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and made me laugh. I will miss him.
Susan Albert saysJuly 20, 2022 at 3:33 pm
Fond memories of such a kind intelligent witty man with a huge heart and smile to match. May your memories help you in your grief, dear friend, Donna. RIP Steve.
Helen Stoll saysJuly 21, 2022 at 10:52 pm
Dearest Donna, It was obvious that you and Steve were a match from the moment you first met. What a gift to build a life together and share so much. You and your family are much in my thoughts during this challenging time.
John Hoehne saysJuly 22, 2022 at 5:07 am
I share all the sentiments mentioned in the earlier condolences. They all so accurately tell about the Steve I know! When Steve called me a month ago with his awful news I was shocked and saddened. I was compelled to visit Steve, Donna and his family the next day. I’m so grateful for the blessing of that visit and pray that he was somehow lifted and comforted. I was.
I could see his discomfort and that of those with him. He is now at peace, having fought the good fight. I pray that Donna and all his family have the peace of reflection of their 64 years with him, their joy in his personality and grace and his obvious love for them all. I miss him but am thankful for the privilege and blessing of his friendship. Blessings to all.
Belinda Darling saysJuly 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm
May Yah have mercy on you, Donna, and keep you under His Wing. Life is a puzzle that we will never figure out while on this earth. Hopefully some day this will make sense but it makes absolutely no sense now. Praying that angels of comfort surround you and give you peace beyond understanding. .
john montandon saysJuly 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Sally and John Montandon
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