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Steven Dale Camden


May 17, 2016

Oct. 29, 1965 - May 9, 2016

Steven Dale Camden went to be with his Lord Monday, May 9, 2016 at Evergreen Hospice in Albany.

He was born Oct. 29, 1965 in Lebanon to Art and Doris Camden.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife Holly, children Joe, Michael (Loann), Heather (Brandon) Grogan, and Kristen Camden. He is also survived by his sisters, Jana (John) Olsen and Cheryl (Max) Woody, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Dan, in November of 2015.

He grew up in Sweet Home, graduating from Sweet Home High School, and enlisted in the Army. He spent seven years as a helicopter mechanic, crew chief, and Technical Inspector on Blackhawk helicopters, serving with the 377th Medical Company Air Ambulance in Korea.

It was during this time that he became interested in flying fixed wing aircraft, and eventually obtained his pilot’s license. He never lost his love of flying and dreamed of some day flying the “big planes.”

In later years, he was loss prevention manager for several major businesses, at times traveling between satellite stores to set up video surveillance systems. He also served as a reserve police officer for Stayton.

He loved to dive and explore the ocean depths with Holly and his friends, and eventually opened Albany Scuba, where he was an IDC staff instructor.

Steve had an enthusiasm for life and all of its many opportunities for new adventures, but it was the final adventure that was his greatest ... when he awoke in heaven in the presence of the Lord.

A memorial service, with military honors, was held May 14 at Sodaville Evangelical Church.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci


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