Stephen Carlyle Way
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September 9, 1920 -March 16, 2011
SALEM - Steve passed away in Salem on March 16, 2011. He was born in Everett, Washington to Frank and Emily Smith. He was the youngest of three children and grew up in Everett. In 1939, he enlisted in the Navy and bravely served as a Chief Gunners Mate on the USS Hornet during WWII. After the war, he attended University of Washington, and the University of Montana where he obtained his law degree. He returned to Seattle, Washington where he passed the bar. After doing so, he and his brother Richard changed their names to the original family name of Way. He met and married his wife Marilyn in Seattle during this time. He became an Assistant Attorney General and moved to Olympia. He led a long and distinguished career, appearing before the US Supreme Court on more than one occasion. In his retirement years, he focused on travel and caring for his beloved wife, Marilyn. In 2005, Marilyn passed away and he moved to Salem to be closer to family.
Steve loved his family, fishing, travel and boating. He will be remembered for his good nature, sense of fairness, and love of laughter. He was beloved as a husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed by his family members. His wife of 52 years was Marilyn Jean Way (Hill). He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen M. and Mary Y. Way of Silverton; grandson, Stephen C. Way II of Bend, and granddaughter, Emily E. Way of New York City.
A celebration of Steve's life will be held at Mills and Mills in Olympia on Tuesday, March 22nd at 1:00PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Steve's memory to the
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C, 20090-6011.
Published in StatesmanJournal on March 20, 2011