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Obituary of Stephen Eugene Hallstrom
Steve Hallstrom was a man of vision and action. His love for nature and his leadership abilities enabled him to make significant contributions to conservation and land preservation. He was a rare individual who could develop policy, as well as grow organic lettuce.
He was born November 19, 1943 in Fosston, Minnesota to Antoinette (DeMaster) and Raymond Hallstrom. After moving to the Pacific Northwest as a child, he and a remarkable cohort of students went from first grade through twelfth grade together in the same school building in Ridgefield, Washington. After lettering in sports and excelling academically, Steve graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1961, then earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1966.
Hired by the Boeing Company as a Software Engineer, he honed his analytic skills as a Systems/Methods Analyst on the first computer mainframes. Later he became Acting Director of Academic Computing at the University of Washington. After retiring in 1993, he turned to organic farming with his wife, Cecelia, and sold vegetables at the University District and Columbia City Farmers Markets in Seattle for 23 years. Their Tolt Gardens/Let Us Farm booth attracted dedicated customers who appreciated their top-quality organic produce, especially their lettuce.
Although he enjoyed hiking, camping and canoeing, it was through birding that he truly reveled in the outdoors. He was President of Seattle Audubon Society from 1994 to1996. When they moved their farm operation from Carnation to Oakville, he joined the Grays Harbor Audubon Society.
Steve died July 2, 2018 on his farm near Oakville, Washington. Survivors include his wife, Cecelia Boulais; former wife, Kim (Nevitt) Strange; daughter, Timi Ewbank (David) of Acworth, Georgia; son, Brent Hallstrom (Jacqueline) of Bothell, Washington; and beloved granddaughter, Holli Hallstrom of Bothell; brothers, Alfred Hallstrom (Eileen) of Seattle, Washington, David Hallstrom of Hudson, Wisconsin, Robert Hallstrom (Marilyn) of Covington, Washington, Michael Agerter (Lily) of LaCenter, Washington; sisters, Rae Marie Matheson of Vancouver, Washington, and Margaret Anderson (Eric) of Pendleton, Oregon; nieces and nephews, Rachelle, Jennifer, Philip, Jon, Amy, Catherine, WendyJo, Kevin, Jason, Renee, Geoff, Margaret, Emily, Helen, Jessica, Cory, Devin, and Jessica. Steve was predeceased by his parents and his stepfather, Rodney Agerter.