Steve Pannell

Steve Pannell

On August 18, 2017, we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to our beloved son, brother, and uncle.

Whenever trouble was in play during Steve’s youth he was sure to play a supporting or lead role. His numerous scraps and mischievous activities provided an opportunity for an introduction and relationship with his Colville school principal(s) on a first name basis-much to his Mom and Dad’s chagrin.

Steve was born in Yakima on July 27, 1958 and in 1969 the family moved to Colville. The family moved back to the Yakima area in 1974, his junior year of high school, and he graduated in 1976 from Selah High School. He was very active in sports including football, basketball, baseball, water and snow skiing, motorcycling, snowmobiling and karate. Even though quite shy, Steve was also very popular with the girls and President of the Letterman’s Club. His smile was warm and infectious.

Steve loved all animals, dining at the Olive Garden, sharing company with his Mom and Dad, and was a huge sports fan with a special interest in the Seahawks and Mariners. He also enjoyed hockey, boxing and really anything and everything on ESPN. He was also a big listener of 70’s Rock N’ Roll and a watcher of the weather channel.

In many cases Steve rooted for the underdog and always showed substantial empathy for anyone who was living on the streets, homeless, or in need of food or shelter. Many a modest financial contribution was made to those living in dire circumstances. He was truly a caring soul.

Steve loved all of his family including holding a special interest in his nieces and nephews. In the past few years he developed a very close relationship with his Mom during her most recent illness.

Steve encountered, addressed, and lived through many life challenges and through it all maintained his sense of humor and positive outlook. Over the years, the many mountains he climbed created the most compassionate, non-judgmental and gentle bear of a man that we ever knew. Steve never uttered a negative word about anybody. Above all else he enjoyed many of life’s simple pleasures which so many of us take for granted. We were very proud of Steve.

Steve is survived by his parents, Bud and Cecilia Pannell, brothers Mike and Jeff (Siri), and nieces Aniston and Audrina, nephew Christopher, great-nephew Kaiden, and great-nieces Payton and MacKenzie, two aunts and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Steve’s memory be made to the Yakima Union Gospel Mission.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 12:30 pm at Rainier Memorial Center on Terrace Heights Drive.