Jeffrey A. (Jeff)
A Lancer out of sight
Never out of mind
We are sorry to inform the Lee community that
Jeff Steele, class of 1970, passed on Monday, October 8, 2018.
Jeff was born in Washington, D.C. April 17, 1952 to Ira
and Pat Steele. While spending his childhood in the
area, he developed a great love for baseball and the
After high school, he attended the University of South
Carolina where he received his Bachelor's Degree in
Finance and enjoyed his time as a member of the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Jeff and his wife Kathy met while in junior high and
rekindled their relationship following Jeff's time at
USC. They were married in May 1976 in Virginia. They
moved frequently, resulting in stays in Virginia,
Colorado, Utah, and Idaho before a 15-year stint in
Yakima, Washington, where they raised their two
children, Amy and Matt. They returned to Boise for a
third time in 2001.
The driving factor in the relocations over the years was
Jeff's 41-year career with Boise Cascade. During this
span he served in an array of roles and built countless
relationships. At retirement he was the West Region
Manager in the Building Material Distribution Division.
Throughout his life Jeff had a sense of civic duty that
saw him volunteer for a wide variety of charitable
organizations. His most recent passion was for the Idaho
Food Bank. He spent many hours assisting in the
preparation of food and kits for those in need.
Jeff had a great love for sports. He enjoyed cheering on
the USC Gamecocks (which he referred to as the
University of Washington
Huskies (where his children attended), the Redskins,
Seattle Mariners and college basketball teams during
March Madness. He was also an avid golfer, enjoying many
rounds at both Hillcrest and Plantation Country Clubs.
Jeff, Kathy, family and friends made many trips around
the country and Europe together in search of great golf,
exceptional wine, and unique experiences with many
laughs had along the way. Other passions in Jeff's life
included reading extensively about history and business
and wearing out countless pairs of shoes walking the
Jeff is survived by his wife Kathy (Boise), children Amy
and Matt (Seattle), mother Pat, sister Barb,
brother-in-law Dave, sister-in-law Barb, nephews Rich
and Joe, niece Kayla and grandniece Hadley.
Services were be held at 1:00pm on October 27th at the
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel with a celebration of life
which followed at Hillcrest Country Club.
In lieu of flowers or other memoriam, donations to the
Idaho Food Bank in his name would be greatly
Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 14, 2018