On a mountaintop overlooking the ocean, at a tower site in Northern Washington on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, Scott “Scottie” Stevens sadly took his own life.
They say the spot was beautiful and everyone knows that broadband technology was his passion; perhaps he is finally at peace.
He left behind three children, Sahara, Tate and Ty; father, Jay; mother, Deb; brothers, Shawn and Chad; sister, Jenny; and many family and friends who will miss him dearly. Scott was preceded in death by his son, Zevi, an infant.
Scott was born Oct. 23, 1980, in Wisconsin; his dad, Juris, traveled to the States as a little one from Latvia. He established roots and built a family in Port Washington, Wisc.
After Scott’s parents divorced when he was 15-ish, his dad and brother, Chad, moved to Montana, where they continue to live and enjoy the mountains.
Scott spent several years in Aspen and he loved Colorado. Scott lived in Hood River with his family for 12 years and while there, he ran a broadband technology business with clients such as Quinault Indian Nation, Insitu, Century Link and many others. His efforts in broadband technologies were pioneering and he laid the way for many WISP (wireless internet providers) to have successful service.
He was passionate about broadband and the importance of connectivity. He and his wife (now separated), Tricia Stevens, Hood River County’s veterans’ service officer, successfully wrote three winning grants during the Obama Administration’s Stimulus Grant Process. Together, they wrote over $185 million dollars in winning grants to get wifi to rural areas throughout the United States. Tricia and Scott separated in April 2016, but share six sweet children between them.
There will be a gathering to share stories, look at pictures of his life, write messages that will be carried away by balloons, journal memories in a notebook (that will be given to his boys, Tate and Ty, and his daughter, Sahara) and embrace all of those who lost him.
All are welcome to attend. His kids deserve the opportunity to know their dad through your experiences with him. His laughter was contagious, his mind was brilliant, and sometimes he was a punk ass; no matter your history with him, come share your stories and hear all of ours.
An event will be created on Facebook soon and the invitation is open to all. We will open the house up to guests at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3389 Cherry Drive, Hood River. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are all very sad and this is very difficult for the boys, Tate and Ty, who are 11 and 9, Kyle, 16, Meghan, 18, Sahara, 19, and Jake, 20.
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