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Stephen "Steve" Ernest Woods

11/06/1946 - 03/23/2018

Obituary for Stephen "Steve" Ernest Woods

Steve Woods died Friday, March 23, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 71.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Estacada Junior High School Auditorium. A reception will follow at the Estacada High School Commons.

Stephen Ernest Woods was born November 6, 1946, in Lebanon, Oregon, to Clarence and Betty (Anderson) Woods. He grew up there with his four siblings. He began his storied wrestling career as an underweight 98 pounder at Lebanon High School. His heart and tenacity led him to excel in wrestling and upon high school graduation in 1964, Steve enrolled at Oregon State University where he was able to wrestle for legendary coach Dale Thomas. Thomas’s style and mentoring would have profound effects on Steve.

Steve graduated from OSU in 1968 and then served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era. On June 28, 1969, Steve married the love of his life, Betty Moss, in front of a hometown crowd for both in Lebanon. The young couple began their marriage living in Turkey where Steve was stationed. When Steve completed his tour with the Air Force, they returned to Oregon living first in Union where Steve completed his Master’s in Education at Eastern Oregon State College while teaching social studies and coaching wrestling at Union High School.

In 1976, Steve, Betty, and their young family moved to Estacada, Oregon, where they would spend over 40 years. In Estacada, Steve taught social studies, coached wrestling, served as the vice-principal and principal at EHS and served on the school board after his retirement. Steve left EHS in 1998 to begin the final stop in his professional life, working for the Oregon School Boards Association in Salem, Oregon, developing school policy.

Steve’s other accolades include winning the PAC 8 Conference Wrestling Championship at 137 pounds in 1968, coaching the EHS wrestling team to become the Oregon School Athletic Association 3A state champions in 1977, being knighted by the City of Portland’s Royal Rosarians in 2006, being inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013, becoming a published author after printing his book Sorta Tough about Dale Thomas and the OSU wrestling program in 2013, and being inducted into the Bud and Dorothy Page Lebanon High School Hall of Fame In 2015.

Steve enjoyed being outside, making people laugh and spending time with his friends and family. His presence at any event was a guarantee for fun. Many will miss his sense of humor and quick wit.

Survivors include his wife Betty of Salem; sons, Jon Woods (Jodie) of Salem and Chris Woods (Melanie) of Estacada; daughter Kelly Woods of Boise, Idaho; grandsons Stephen, Grant and Luke; granddaughter Emma; brothers Jim Woods (Molly) of Kingman, Arizona and Chris Woods (Deb) of Denver, Colorado and sisters Margee O’Brien (Dan) of Madras, Oregon and Mary Travis of Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Brighton Hospice.

Services

14
Apr

Funeral Service

Junior High School Auditorium
6th and Main Street
Estacada,, OR 97023
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Shirley Lippincott of Estacada, Oregon March 28, 2018 I am so sorry to learn of Steve's death. Please accept my sincere condolences and sympathy. Steve was an outstanding man of ability, care, and concern. I've no doubt he will be greatly missed. May he truly rest in peace.
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Fred and Jean Lantz March 28, 2018 We are so sorry for your loss. Steve touched so many lives, including the lives of our sons Jesse and Mike, as their wresting coach. He was a fantastic human being, having a wonderful sense of humor. May our loving Lord give comfort and peace to each one of you, you are in our prayers during this difficult time. Love Always.
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James Lohr of Oklahoma City March 28, 2018 My greatest condolences. Mr Woods was one of everyone's favorite teachers and I consider it a privilege to have wrestled for him. He was truly a great guy that everybody has fond memories of he will truly be missed.
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Tasha Keller (Brewster) of Estacada March 28, 2018 We are sending our love to all of you in this difficult time. What a legacy he left in our lives. So proud to have had the chances to know and love him. My you find peace and comfort in each other. To one of the of the best humans I have ever had the opportunity to be around and know!! Love you all Tasha
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Jack Hayes of Eugene, Oregon March 28, 2018 We are so sad to hear of the passing of a truly great guy ( Steve Woods ) I was able ti teach in the Social Science Dept. with Steve back in the late 70's and very much enjoyed his positive and truly fun way about him. I know that he was an outstanding educator and later on a top-notch Principal. My wife ( Kathy ) and I were able to stop by EHS and visit with Steve further his administration, and it was a most enjoyable time spent. I also was able to visit with him at one of the reunions about 5 years ago and we compared notes as we both were confronted with the many effects of Parkinson's Disease. Steve was always a straight-shooter and you knew were he stood at all times and too. he was very fair regarding his various decisions. Steve will be missed for many meaningful reasons.
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Scott Lockie of Sagle, Idaho March 28, 2018 Rest in Peace Coach....You made my life better.
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Michele Marthaller (Loomis) of Estacada March 28, 2018 Prayers for your family.
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David Severson of Texas March 28, 2018 His positive influences effected generations. Prayers to the Woods family.
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Lisa Scott & John Waldron of Oregon March 28, 2018 Hello Betty, Just wanted you to know, we are praying for you during this difficult time. (Justin Scotts mom.) Your stamping friend. Hello Mrs. Woods, Steve was a great teacher, he will be greatly missed by all. john
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Liz Davidson of Estacada, OR March 28, 2018 There are no words to adequately express my admiration and gratitude for Steve. When I heard of his passing, I was not only sad for myself and my family, but I was also sad for the young people in our community that will never have an opportunity to meet him. Steve mentored and coached my son with wrestling and in life. His influence has meant so much to our family. He touched so many people deeply and I'm thankful to have had an opportunity to know him. My deepest prayers and sympathies to Betty, the kids, and the family. He was indeed a very special and extraordinary man.
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Kathy Housley of Bend, Or March 28, 2018 Condolences to you and your family.
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Susan and Mike Jorg of Estacada March 28, 2018 Best principal EHS ever had! So sorry to hear of his passing. Certainly wish he had stayed in Estacada.
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Terry Davis of Worcester Massachusetts March 28, 2018 Steve's presence in his life will not be forgotten. My association with Steve was mostly in our youth and infrequent visits to class reunions as an adult. In life, he always had that special spark and wry sense of humor that captivated all. I miss him and wish the Woods family the best through this time. Many will keep on telling his stories and speaking his name.
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Sandy Pense of Estacada March 28, 2018 Dear Betty and family: The Pense family sends you condolences and sympathy thoughts at this time of sorrow. May the comfort of God be with you now and the days ahead. Steve will truly be missed by many. He was a vital part of our community for many years.
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Bill smith of Prineville March 29, 2018 Class of '89 here. Many great and not so great memories.lol..... He and Mr.Stapleton caught me with Copenhagen and made me swallow it or get in trouble lol.... Mr. Woods, i tip my hat to you and your dedication to our education. Rest easy sir.....
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Sandi Underwood Novotny of Lakewood, Colorado March 29, 2018 RIP my friend. You and Betty are part of my favorite childhood memories. You will always have a special place in my heart.
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Ron & Deanna Marcus of Eagle Creek March 29, 2018 Betty, Jon, Kelly, Chris and family: So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was a great man and impacted a lot of people's lives for the positive. Take care....
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Analiese Bannister, RN Brighton Hospice of Portland, Oregon March 29, 2018 It was truly a pleasure taking care of your Dad. I wish I knew him earlier but I know thru his family and many friends what a truly great and loving person he was. I will always think of him as I help others thru their journey of what it is to be surrounded by love and grace.
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Harold Otterlei of Brighton Hospice, Tigard, OR March 29, 2018 What a great experience we all had together sharing with your family in the passing of Steve. You are all very loved.
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Renee Maplethorpe of Hamilton, Mt March 29, 2018 Rest in peace Mr.Woods you were the best teacher ever. I appreciate everything thing I learned from you as a student. You made me want to achieve.
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Anthony Barbera of Portland March 30, 2018 Steve Woods was an exemplary human being. I consider him to be one of the biggest influences on who I am today. Love to the family.
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Terri Lloyd of Lincoln City formerly Estacada School District March 30, 2018 I liked Steve so much and considered him a friend. He would make a point to poke his head in my office and ask if I was surviving the insanity. He shared gun history of the school and staff antics. He always left me laughing. I miss him.
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Sheri "Barbera" McEntire of Issaquah, WA March 30, 2018 I loved working with Steve when I served as a wrestling team manager in High school. He was a great coach, a great teacher and an all around great guy, and I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful influence on so many youth.
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Mike and Nikki Guthu of Pahrump,Nevada March 30, 2018 We both enjoyed our association with Steve. Mike as a school board member and both of us as Booster Club parents, We are so sorry for your loss, Betty and family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Steve had such a positive influence on so many young lives. No more pain. God Bless,
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Jason Dudley of Salem, OR March 31, 2018 May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. We had fun times with you guys during our fishing adventures. I truly appreciate your family including me and my dad on those trips. They were awesome, father-son times!
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Coni Imbler of Idleyld Park OR April 01, 2018 Thank you, Steve
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Jerry Collins of Vancouver, WA April 04, 2018 I'm so sorry to hear of Ernie's' passing. My feelings go out to Betty and the rest of the family. I know he will watch down over his family. I have too many memories and stories for this entry to tell of times with Steve in our high school years. Two jokers running around Lebanon was a hoot. I was amazed at his inner strength and stamina. My first meeting with Steve was when he showed up for Frosh football. I thought he made a mistake and thought he was coming to choir practice. I could not believe this 96 pounder was going to tryout for quarterback. But what a tough 96 pounds he was. What a guy, and what a life. He will be missed.
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Jim and Debbie Brochis of ESTACADA April 05, 2018 Dear Betty and Family, We send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Steve was such a great guy with a marvelous sense of humor. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Our love and sympathy, Jim and Debbie Brochis
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DAVID SHOWERMAN of OREGON CITY April 08, 2018 Betty and family, so deeply sorry for your loss. Steve was one of a kind and I am blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you, He may be gone but never forgotten. May the Lord be with you now and forever.
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Rick and Shauna McReynolds of Oregon City, Oregon April 12, 2018 Thanks for EVERYTHING COACH You will be missed
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Kris Griner of 719 11th Ave SW, Albany OR April 13, 2018 My thoughts and prayers are with you ALL. Steve will be missed.
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