- Madras Pioneer - News
sp; Madras resident Paul H. Stevenson died June 12, 2003, at the age of 89.
Mr. Stevenson was born June 30, 1913 in Cutler, Ill., the second of 13 children born to Bert and Lizzie (Brown) Stevenson. In 1915 the family moved to Wilder, Idaho, where Paul attended school for 12 years. After graduating from high school, he went to work in a general store until World War II. In June 1942 he worked for Morrison-Knutson Construction building underground fuel and ammunition storage units for the U.S. Navy in Hawaii. He returned to Idaho in June 1943 to work on the family farm.
In December 1943 he married Eva Allen Green and worked for several years as a carpenter, but missed farming. Then in 1953, the Stevenson's and their son, Brian, moved to Madras and purchased land for Stevenson Farms which he farmed for the next 37 years. After his wife Eva passed away in January 1990, he retired from farming. On May 13, 1990, he and Esther Brown Oliphant were married in Madras.
Mr. Stevenson was past chairman of both the State and Jefferson County Seed Growers, and Essential Oil Growers, chair and member of the Jefferson County Co-op for 15 years, member of the Madras United Methodist Church, and a 70-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.
He enjoyed the Jefferson County Senior Center, volunteering at the nursing home, traveling, dancing, and his family.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Stevenson of Madras; sons, Brian Stevenson of Anchorage, Alaska, Bill Brown of Bend, Tom Brown of Concord, N.H., Mary Ann Barnet of Redmond, Betty Jo Simmons of Sunriver and Robyn Hansen of Bend; brothers, Robert Stevenson of Caldwell, Idaho, Elmer and Jimmy Stevenson, both of Huntington, Ore.; sisters, Norma Jean Statler of Caldwell, Idaho, and Betty Whitney of Yuba City, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and three sisters.
Memorial services were held June 17, at the United Methodist Church in Madras, graveside services were at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home. Memorials have been suggested to Mountain View Living Center or the United Methodist Church.