Steven Grant Adams, 60, was born on May 13 (Friday the 13th), 1955, in the town of Grangeville, Idaho, both of which were sources of great pride to him. He was the son of Grant and Verna Adams. Although he lived almost all of his adult life away from his beloved Idaho County, it was never far from his thoughts. The mood during the eight-hour drive from Portland, Ore., to Harpster, Idaho, always changed the moment he passed over the Snake River. He felt it, when he was near his home.
He went to Stites Elementary School and graduated from Clearwater Valley in 1973. After graduation, he married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Christy Nickens. Together they raised three children, Becky, Josh and Beth. He went on to earn a master’s degree in economics from the University of Idaho, after which he moved with his family to Portland, Ore., living and working there for more than 30 years. He possessed a wide range of interests, hobbies, and pursuits; everything from exploring new places and cultures to woodworking to growing just about anything. He used to say that he was a “jack of all trades and a master of none.”
His father used to say that he was created to talk to horses. Anyone who knew him or knows horses has seen that to be true… but it was not only horses or mules, it was all living things. His love of animals was only slightly surpassed by his love of people. He could tell a story… all of which were at least 90-percent true. He was always happiest sitting around a fire, with a cup of black coffee in his hand, “telling lies.” And he was always happiest surrounded by people. Most people remember his smile which came in many forms… almost all of which were innocent.
Two sisters, Carol Adams Lytle and her husband, Arden, and Jeanne Adams Wisdom and her husband, Aaron; one brother, Jim Adams and his wife, Jan, are saying goodbye to this exceptional man… along with nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers-in law, and so many wonderful friends with whom he shared a moment, a decade, or a lifetime. We will all remember him because of the place he had in our lives. For his family, he was the strong and steadfast place from which there was no uncertainty. For his friends, he was the bright minute in a day or the animated lunch that could improve a week, but to all he was very special and unique in our lives. He was a loving man of God, devoted to his walk with the Lord. He embodied his faith every day, and was a model of what a Christian man should struggle to be.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. at the IOOF Hall in Kooskia, followed by a covered-dish meal.
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