Steven Eugene Paschall

July 21, 1955 — November 16, 2017

Steven Eugene Paschall, age 62, died on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at his cherished home onVashon Island surrounded by his beloved community of close-knit family and friends. From his birth in Evergreen Park, Illinois, July 21, 1955, to his death, Steve nourished the people around him with love, sincerity and grace. The youngest of three children, he was born to Eugene and Elizabeth Lincoln Paschall. After high school, Steve attended St. Olaf College, where his foreign study in India was the highlight of his college years. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology, specializing in anxiety related illnesses, and later received a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation. Steve’s passion for service led him to acquire expertise in both Hellerwork and CranioSacral Therapy. To his patients he was known simply as “healer.”

Steve was a lifelong seeker. His quest brought him back to India and beyond, to such diverse places as Nova Scotia and the Kingdom of Bhutan. The last book he read was Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. He met the love of his life Katy Jo Steward on January 3, 1985, in Seattle, where they made their first home before moving to Vashon Island in 1997. Steve was a devoted father to their children, Kelly and David, and adored his grandson David Miles. Eric Martincavage was welcomed into the family after his mom died when Eric was 12.

Steve’s talents were many, including bowhunting and ocean fishing. Steve loved being on his boat fishing with friends and in the mountains hiking and camping. Not content to just catch fish, he grilled, smoked, and vacuum sealed them, too. In 1987, he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington. Arborist and master gardener, Steve tended their property diligently and it was no surprise when their ten-acre home was included in the annual Vashon Island Garden Tour. Good food was important to Steve and their organic garden provided ingredients for an abundance of delicious meals. Steve loved to celebrate with his community, and his generosity was boundless. Whether a spontaneous dinner party for six, or a milestone birthday celebration with a live band, Steve and Katy Jo’s home was the setting for countless celebrations. Steve enjoyed good company, good food, music, dancing and just having a fun time. Steve was a compassionate listener and counted many men and women as dear friends. He loved, cherished and respected his family, and traveled far and wide to keep in touch with his beloved siblings, parents and nieces. A concert in New York, he’s there, a birthday in North Carolina, no problem; Steve made all feel special, cherished and seen. After his beautiful daughter Kelly died, he started a foundation in her name dedicated to social justice and alleviating the suffering of others.

Left to honor Steve and remember his love are many: His wife Katy Jo, his sons David and Eric; his daughter-in-law Maria and her family; his bright light of a grandson 20-month-old David Miles; his parents Eugene and Elizabeth Paschall; his sisters Ann Cohrs and Joyce Winterbottom, along with their husbands, Tom Cohrs and Steve Winterbottom; his nieces Lauren, Kelsey, and Kate Winterbottom, and Kate’s husband Jeff Bloomfield and son, Linden; niece Jane Hamm and her husband, Tim, and daughter Hazel, numerous cousins and a long list of faithful friends. Gratitude and love to Dr. Henry Kaplan and his team who took such expert and tender care of Steve.

Steve’s memorial will be held at 12:00 PM on December 20, 2017, at 16335 Crescent Drive SW, Vashon Island with Tom Porter, beloved friend and fellow grandfather to David Miles, as officiant. Please dress warmly including winter footwear. Lunch will be served.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve’s name to the Seattle Seahawks Fund for Justice and Equality (seahawks.com/actionfund) and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (https://secure.seattlecca.org/)

Please visit our online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com

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