by: SUBMITTED - STEVEN FORSYTHTuesday's shooting at Clackamas Town Center tore a West Linn family apart when a father of two was killed while standing in the food court area.

The victim, 45-year-old Steven Forsyth, owned a marketing agency in Portland and formerly worked for Entercom Communications, which owns radio stations in the city. He is also a 1985 Lake Oswego High School graduate.

Forsyth was at the mall, where he owns a small kiosk shop, at the time of the shooting with his wife and two children. He recently opened Coastoms selling handmade wooden coasters. The kiosk was near the Macy's Home Store.

On Wednesday, the Forsyth family released a statement about his death: “Steven Mathew Forsyth was a loving husband, father of two children, son, brother, uncle, youth sports coach and friend to the many people who had the privilege to meet him.

"Steve was one of the most passionate people with a true entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to start his business, Coastoms. He had a great sense of humor and a zest for life. He had vision and a belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Dave Rogoway, of Lake Oswego, knew Forsyth from working with him at Entercom. He called Forsyth a model father and husband, adding that he was “a really bright fellow” and involved with his children.

Several people at KPAM 860 also knew and worked with Forsyth. KPAM newscaster Terry Boyd, of Terry Boyd’s World, was visiting with Forsyth at his kiosk in the mall less than an hour before the shooting occurred. Boyd worked with Forsyth for 10 years at Entercom and was working in a new project with him. Boyd had stopped by the mall to check out the kiosk, which Forysth had opened just a few days prior.

“Steve is one of those people who without any effort at all makes you want to be a better person,” Boyd said. “He’s just a great guy. He lights up the room and he always puts others before him.”

Boyd recalled his energy, spirit and drive.

“I never ever heard that guy utter a bad word or a negative comment.”

Boyd said Forsyth was active in his church and was a martial artist, and he suspects Forsyth was acting heroically during the shooting.

“Chances are pretty good he was doing the right thing,” he said.

Former KPAM 860 Manager David Saxe of West Linn knew him for about 20 years.

"Steve was very well respected in the whole media community. He was energetic and passionate about life. He was a great family guy,” Saxe said. "It's just very, very difficult to understand how this could happen."

According to Saxe, Forsyth was dedicated to his son and stepdaughter, spending a lot of time coaching in football and basketball.

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