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Steven Karl Ufer
November 22, 1945 - August 26, 2021
Steven Karl Ufer passed away on August 26th, 2021 after a recent diagnosis of AL cardiac amyloidosis. Steve was an exceptional person, teacher, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was born at Ft. Lewis Army post on November 22nd, 1945 to parents Chaplain Karl A. Ufer and Phyllis (Anderson) Ufer. Steve grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from Pullman High School in 1964, he then attended Pacific Lutheran University where he majored in Chemistry, graduating with a bachelorís degree in 1968. Within 2 months of starting his PhD program in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oregon, he was drafted into the US Army. He served for a limited time at Fort Hood and was then transferred to Frankfurt, Germany where he served in the Army CID crime lab.
Upon his discharge, he returned to the University of Oregon where he completed his Masters in Organic Chemistry and then started on his life long careers of commercial salmon fishing and teaching chemistry. He fished part time in the summers at Neah Bay and in later years at Ocean Shores until 1983. He found his calling in teaching chemistry and spent 36 wonderful years inspiring students to understand and love science at Washington High School in Parkland, Washington. He received many awards for teaching including the Intel Science Educators Excellence award (1997) and the American Chemical Society Northwest Regional Award for High School Chemistry Teaching (2001).
When he retired from teaching in 2011, the Franklin Pierce School Board officially renamed his long time classroom the Steven K. Ufer Chemistry Room at the request of students, staff and alumni. His students remember him as a teacher who made learning chemistry fun while always striving to be patient and kind. In retirement Steve traveled the world with his wife Valerie, and also enjoyed fishing and boating with friends and family at their family beach house on Guemes Island. He was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and contributed his time to many causes for land conservation and social justice throughout the world.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Valerie (Balch) Ufer, their daughter Kristina Ngai (Jeffrey Ngai) and grandchildren Allison and Andrew Ngai, his sister Sharon Lavell (Paul Lavell), his wifeís nephews John Robert Gordon (Trish Stuhan) and their children and Trevor Edward Gordon (Olesya Ilkun) and their sons. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you consider a donation to Steveís favorite charities: Food for the Poor and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service or another charity of your choice.
Steve was a devout Christian and excellent scientist. He was adamant about social distancing, vaccination and not putting lives at risk during the current Covid pandemic. A memorial service will be held at a later date when conditions are safer for his loved ones to gather.
At the time of this posting, obituary details were online here