Lynn Stevenson was born April 21, 1940 in Tacoma, Washington, the eldest child and first son to Raymond Earl Stevenson and Roberta Wesley Stevenson. He spent his early years in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle. After his parents' divorce, Lynn contributed his paper route money to help his mother support his brothers and sister. His mother's re-marriage moved the family to the Kent Valley, where he worked on farms to support his football, baseball, and track activities during high school at Kent Meridian. He believed that life was hard, and you had to be tough.
Lynn left high school to support himself and became a cook at SeaTac Airport. He was later known for his knife sharpening style and his ability to crack eggs one-handed. He remarked that you learned to crack eggs one-handed pretty quickly when you had to crack several hundred in a shift. He married his high school sweetheart, Janet Miller, at SeaTac Airport June 6, 1958.
Lynn entered heavy construction with the help his father, who was a diesel mechanic working on state roads projects. He moved on to work in dredging through the Operating Engineers Union for many years for Manson Osberg Company on projects in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Quajalein. His wife and daughters moved with him to most of his jobs, and returned to the home they built in Belfair. He worked away from home on a tender boat for oil drilling in Alaska, then worked as a welder on the Alaska pipeline in Valdez. He returned to Belfair with heavy equipment he purchased at the end of the pipeline project, and started logging and land development in Belfair. He also owned a rhododendron farm where he and Jan worked together. Lynn was known for his hard work, great strength, and integrity.
He started scuba diving in 1962 and was one of the first scuba divers in the area. He and Jan were famous for their seafood parties and eating exotics such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and octopus. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and hosted many hunting and fishing trips with friends in Forks guided by his friend Sanford Windle.
Jan was struck by Parkinson's and dementia, and Lynn was unfailing in his continuous care for Jan. When his own health problems prevented him caring for her at home, he visited Jan daily for years. He was known recently for bringing special treats and lunches for her and her friends at her care facility. His last regret was that he could not continue to care for her until her passing.
Lynn died May 18, 2012 at Harrison Hospital with friends and family at his side. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jan Stevenson, daughter Shannon Christensen, adopted- daughter Olive Daraskavich, daughter Jodie Stevenson Holdcroft and son- in- law Grant Holdcroft, grand- daughters Silver Maressa and Heila Blair Orallo, and five great grandchildren.
A celebration of Lynn Stevenson's life will be held on May 26, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm at Rasor Road.