“Larger than life” was how many people described Steve Morrill, who passed away suddenly July 28th following complications from a fall off a hay trailer. Steve was a vigorous & active 75 year old who still did 100 push-ups every other day, and was known to all as a kind and honest man.
Steve was devoted to Patsy, his wife of 34 years, and they did everything together. He often joked that with them, you got a “package deal”. His life was full of love and laughter and he felt blessed to live on the beautiful Oregon coast.
Steve worked many years for Standard Oil company (Chevron) starting as a gas station attendant and working his way up to Marketing Director for the western USA. After leaving Chevron, he bought into a steel drum reconditioning firm. He & Patsy also owned a restaurant in the mountains of southern California. They then moved to the high desert and operated a horse training ranch before moving to Waldport in 1989.
At the time of his death, Steve was a farmer, growing hay on their small farm. But his interests and accomplishments were wide and varied. He was a builder, surveyor, plumber, electrician, logger and welder. He most enjoyed working with his excavator in the woods and got a great sense of fulfillment from taking a raw piece of rugged forest land, then building roads and cutting and shaping it into a beautiful home site.
Steve supported Patsy’s love of horse show competition and rather than just sitting around, he kept busy and became a popular show ring announcer. He helped manage many horse shows throughout Oregon, including the largest Lincoln County Fair show in history. Both Steve & Patsy were past members of the Oregon Horsemen’s Association and Pacific Equestrian Club, and he was a founder of the statewide Oregon Family Equestrian Activities. He was also a horse 4-H leader for several years, and took great pleasure in watching youngsters develop their equestrian skills as they became responsible young adults.
Steve served on the Lincoln County Planning Commission for over 20 years, including being Chairman for several years. He also enjoyed serving on the county Solid Waste Advisory Committee for many years.
For many years, both Steve & Patsy traveled all around the western United States, Canada & Alaska in their RV. Additionally, they particularly enjoyed a long trip they took to England a few years ago.
Steve attended Toledo Abundant Life Church. He had a deep and unwavering Christian faith and we know that while we mourn him, he is at peace walking with the Lord.
He is survived by his beloved Patsy, sisters Elaine & Edie, brother Dwight, brother-in-law Mark, nephews David, Cory & Aaron, and other family members.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Friday August 14 at 4:00 pm at Toledo Abundant Life Center / Assembly of God, 1154 NW ‘A’ Street. Everyone is welcome, and casual dress is requested… Steve hated dressing up!
Following the service, burial will be at Alder Grove Cemetery in Waldport. Flowers would be appreciated, as Steve enjoyed them and would often buy them at a local grocery store.