John Dix Steiger, 79, Green Valley, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in his home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1933, to Dorothy Lillian Dix and Herbert William Steiger, in Portland, Ore. He attended Olympia High School, served in the United States Navy, and graduated from Washington State University. John retired from the Forest Service after a long distinguished career with the Federal Government in Portland, Ore. He and his wife moved to Green Valley, Ariz., shortly after their retirements.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Coil Steiger; children of his first marriage (Allison) "" Jackie (Bob] Shaffer, Lori (Mark) Hagensen, Jeff Steiger, and Steve (Michelle) Steiger of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren Shane, Jennifer, Julie, Chase, Courtney, Holly. Cameron, Jason, Ciesa; great-grandchildren Roman, Ayden, Chloe; his siblings Mane Heilborn and Bill Steiger of Redmond, WA; and his extended family included Joan's children Kenneth and Keith; grandchildren Vanessa, Rebecca, and Jessica.

A well-respected professional who arrived to a high-ranking position as chief officer in the Contract Department, John was known for his exceptional interpersonal skills, and detail-oriented and innovative thinking. He was a problem solver, an architect, a handyman, an avid reader, a football fan, and an outdoor enthusiast. Among many of his accomplishments, John took great pride building a home on Mt. Livingston, Camas, WA, and made that a family project with his children. He loved snow skiing at Mt. Hood with his children and reached a personal goal: glacier climbed to the peak of Mt. Hood at age 52.

During his retirement years, John and Joan planned annual summer road trips between Arizona and Washington State, visiting families and friends. He enjoyed family reunions at the lake and loved all the family gatherings. John embraced life with an utmost positive attitude and caring persona.

'To make a worthy, well-rounded, useful life: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, and as long as you can."

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Jan. 9, 2013