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Steve Jobs: His influence spanned the globe and folks right here in Sandy

As news spread that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Oct. 5, many spoke about the loss of an American visionary and pioneer in the technology realm.

Facebook profile pictures switched to the Apple icon, Apple stores transformed into shrines, and Job's life advice from The Whole Earth Catalog, 'Stay hungry. Stay Foolish,' went viral.

World leaders and everyday people from around the world have tipped their hats to an entrepreneur-inventor who spent a small portion of his formative years at Reed College in Portland.

For Sandy residents Laura and Kelly Allen, owners of Alphabetix - Web Design, Jobs was hugely influential, helping pave the way for the jobs they hold today.

'His brilliance is that he took a technology that only a few people could understand and made it an appliance for anyone to use,' Laura said. 'The reach of his innovation is not limited to one realm. He has pushed people to make smarter technology.'

Kelly said Jobs' work caused the whole industry 'to be much easier and more relevant.'

Though John Wisdom of Wisdom Computers in Sandy does not work with Apple computers, he said Jobs 'kept Bill Gates on his toes.'

'It's hard to describe the impact he's had on everything,' Wisdom said. 'The world will definitely miss him.'

Jobs said in a 2005 Stanford commencement speech that while he dropped out of Reed after his first semester, his time in Portland fueled his creative energy and ideas.

He continued to audit classes as he slept on his friends' floors, returned bottles for food money, and ate one good weekly meal at the Hare Krishna temple.

It was at Reed, too, that Jobs dabbled in calligraphy, building his interest in design and typefaces.

He went to work for video-game maker Atari.

But on April Fool's Day in 1976, Jobs and two friends, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, formed a little company that would go on to transform the way the world uses technology. That business? Apple Computer, Inc.

Their humble beginning in a Sillicon Valley garage transformed into a multinational company with 357 retail stores and 49,400 employees.

As President Barack Obama said in a release, '...There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.'

Jobs died at 56 from complications caused by pancreatic cancer that he had battled since 2004. He had stepped down as CEO of Apple in August 2011 because of health concerns.

'Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,' Apple wrote in a release. 'Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.'