Obituary: Steve Phillip Lamoreux

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Stephen Phillip Lamoreux passed away on March 11, 2013. He was 93 years old.

Steve was born in Kamiah, Idaho and grew up there next to the Clearwater River. He was a hotshot firefighter as a young man. He loved all things outdoors, especially fishing. Steve attended Idaho University as well as Idaho State and Oregon University, where he studied journalism, printing and photography.

Steve served in the Navy during World War II. He often spoke of the underwater beauty of the Phillipine Islands. After the war, Steve returned to Idaho to finish school and start a family.

Steve worked all over the Idaho and Washington area as a newspaperman and later accepted a position at Colorado State University to teach journalism. He taught journalism and photojournalism at CSU for about 20 years. After a short sabbatical, Steve took a position at UTEP in El Paso. He taught there for about 10 years.

As Steve’s wife, Effie, experienced declining health, Steve dedicated his life to taking care of her. He took her on road trips to Alaska and Mexico while she was in a wheelchair stricken with MS. As her days drew near an end, they moved back into the family home that Steve built in Bellvue.

After Effie died, Steve spent his eighties learning how to use a computer and digital camera. He loved photographing nature.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Effie and is survived by his three sons: Richard, Josh and Joel.

Steve was a very kind, generous and forgiving man. He taught us to be understanding, have a sense of humor, help everyone that you can and that life is about loving and being loved.

Farewell Steve, we’ll miss you so much.