Obituaries & Tributes
Steven "Steve" Ryan Clement
date of birth August 24 1957
date of death January 30 2020
Steven “Steve” Ryan Clement, 62, of Oregon City, OR, passed away on January 30, 2020, of a sudden heart attack while skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows. He had always wished that, when the time came, he could pass quickly and while doing something he loved. He lived true to one of his mottos: “Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.”
Steve was a beloved husband, father, grandfather “Grampy”, son, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor, family figure, and friend. He impacted so many lives with his passion, fun, unconditional love, and acceptance of all. He cared deeply about everyone in his life and sought to help those around him thrive.
Steve was born on August 24, 1957, to Edland “Ed” Arthur Clement and Janis Vivian (Alexander) Clement in Portland, Oregon. He spent his childhood in Portland's Hollywood District and graduated from Benson High School in 1975. He went on to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Arizona Holbrook Mission where he learned how to speak Navajo.
On March 22, 1986, Steve married his sweetheart Bonnie Jean Brown in the Seattle LDS Temple. They were blessed with nearly 34 years of marriage and two wonderful sons, Ryan and Aaron. Family was everything to Steve.
Steve started out as a journeyman welder, but he spent the majority of his professional career as a mechanical engineer. He worked for Precision Castparts Corp. for 35 years. In 2003, 14 years into his working career, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology. He was given the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in recognition of his dedication, commitment to excellence, and his achievements in support of NASA’s space program. He spent his final days of work passing on his 35 years of knowledge before retiring on January 6, 2020. Although he had retired, he wanted to continue passing on his knowledge and was preparing to work as a consultant.
Adventurous throughout his life, Steve was always trying new things. He enjoyed mountain climbing, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, dirt biking, rafting, rock climbing, skiing, bungee jumping, skydiving, mountain biking, zip-lining, cliff jumping, bridge jumping, caving, river floating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, racquetball, the list goes on. In his youth, he loved street-racing his green, 383 4-speed '69 Roadrunner. As he got older, he enjoyed driving around in his red, ‘64 Buick Skylark convertible and a variety of trucks through the years. Around the house, he enjoyed working on his dirt bikes, using his power washer, fixing things, joking around, playing with grandkids, watching movies and shows, and eating treats.
Taking trips and planning family vacations were always big highlights and frequently done throughout Steve’s life. Every summer, he organized busy, adventurous family reunions. These were generally week-long campouts with activities planned each day. So many of these activities brought him joy from the mundane world.
Steve summited every major peak in Oregon and several in Washington. He shared his knowledge and experience by guiding youth, scouts, family members, and friends to the summits.
Steve was able to share many of these activities as he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts for nearly 25 years and youth programs through his church for much of that time. A former Eagle Scout himself, Steve passed on his knowledge of scouts and the outdoors while leading trips of skiing, river rafting, backpacking, climbing Mt. Hood, and other high adventures. Few things in this life brought him more joy than teaching new generations of youth to enjoy adventure in the outdoors.
Steve is preceded in death by his father, Edland “Ed” Clement, and his brother, Alan Clement.
Steve is survived by his wife, Bonnie Brown Clement; his sons, Ryan Clement (Krista Housley) and Aaron Clement (Ariel Mead); his grandchildren, Clyde Clement, Benjamin Clement and Samuel Clement; his mother, Janis Alexander Clement; his siblings, Jeffrey “Jeff” Clement (Karen Martin), Kevin Clement (Mollie Helms), and Karen Clement Swinkels; his many in-laws; his many nieces and nephews; and his many friends.
The celebration of life will be held at 11 am on February 22, 2020, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 14340 South Donovan Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045. All those touched by Steve's life are invited to attend. The burial will be at Mt. View Cemetery at 10 am on Monday, February 24, 2020.
15 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Erica Driscoll I have so many fond memories of camping trips and outdoor activities during my years in young women! Steve will be missed but his memory will live for a long time
Candle lit by Maria Brown Steve, I couldn’t have asked for a better brother in law. You were always loving and kind to me, and treated our children like your own. You took them on so many adventures with Bonnie by your side, and for this I want to say thank you! I love you Steve, and you will be so missed. It’s still hard to believe that you are gone. Until we meet again...
Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Pearson family It was an honor to meet Steve and see his love for Bonnie. Prayers for peace for the quiet nights and laughter at the many wonderful memories. ~ Laurie, Brian, Austin and Cole
Candle lit by R Condolences to the Clement family
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Candle lit by Tolman Family We have been so blessed to know the Clement family. Our little boys have always loved playing with them and us parents have enjoyed learning new things from them. Steve will be missed!
Candle lit by David and Linda Chappell Steve and Bonnie are our daughter's second parents. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to both of them. Sarah truly has both east and west coast families.
Candle lit by Bray Family We love and miss you Uncle Steve. I know we were lucky to have you in our lives as long as you were, but the Brown family reunion and all the other holidays will not be the same without you.
Candle lit by Teresa Salisbury Enjoyed our rafting trips with the family. Truly a special man....love you aunt Bonnie.
Candle lit by Cindy Steve helped our son, Oliver, during his scouting years to feel accepted.
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Candle lit by Bruce, Joyce, Ian, and Lauren Uncle Steve, I still cannot believe any of this. I can't wrap my mind around it, We want you to know how much you are loved, and how much you will be missed! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories! Like that time you let Joyce and I drive your Skylark home from the Gorge, shortly after we were married, on that beautiful summer day! Thank you for all of the climbing, skiing, rafting, and hiking memories! Thanks for the great example you set, and your contribution and involvement in our family! Looking forward to climbing another mountain with you! Save us a place on your rope team!
Candle lit by Lee Torian Gone too soon I didn’t know Steve well, but every time I engaged in an activity with him and Bonnie, there was a feeling of absolute kindness and acceptance. God speed Steve. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Candle lit by Bonnie Clement Steve, Thanks for 34 years of adventure and fun. Thanks for being the love of my life and always holding my hand when we went about. Thanks for our beautiful family. I will love you forever.