Stephen Frederick Tucker
Steve was born in Anchorage Alaska on March 8, 1950. The fondest memories of the first decades of his life were his homes in Spain and Virginia where his father served for the United States Air Force, climbing with his brother John and other good friends, surfing in Santa Barbara, CA where he attended high school and worked as a contractor until 1995.
It would take a book to fully describe Steve. He was an amazing dad and life partner. Steve and Annie lived and raised their two wonderful daughters in Portland, OR. Steve and Annie started and successfully ran Cascade Radon, Inc in Portland, OR, from 2008 to August 15, 2022.
Steve served on the board of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists -National Radon Proficiency Program (AARST-NRPP). He was an active member of the Northwest Radon Coalition a local organization of radon professionals and realtors, that was instrumental in getting legislation passed for Radon Resistant construction and testing in schools in Oregon. Steve was one of the few who were certified by the EPA to test and mitigate radon. Steve started and ran Radongreen, LLC a radon design business. Steve was also involved with radon testing and mitigation in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Steve authored a children’s book, “The Computer Bug” and authored a popular climbing guide, “Climbing! Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo.” He was an avid rock, ice climber and surfer. He loved his family and friends and they loved him. His daughters Ali and Lara describe him as their best “cheerleader.”
Steve was a great traveler and being with him always meant an adventure that was spontaneous and so fun. He never wanted to go to the common places and sought the destinations that gave us a real sense of a place and it’s people.
Steve is survived by his wife Annie Woodard Tucker and his daughters, Alicia and Lara Tucker of Portland, OR, and his brother David Arthur Tucker of Camarillo, CA. He was proceeded in death by his father Temple Arthur Tucker and mother Gladys Willa Tucker of Goleta, CA and his brother John Douglas Tucker of Palo Alto, CA. Steve also leaves behind many heartbroken friends who will carry his spirit in their hearts forever.
There will be a private celebration for Steve in the future but if you would like to honor Steve, donations can be made to Surf Riders Foundation https://www.surfrider.org or the Access Fund https://www accessfund.org.