Stephen ‘Steve’ Michael Grate

August 17, 2010

By Contributor

Stephen Grate

Stephen “Steve” Michael Grate, of Renton, died Aug. 6, 2010, as a result of injuries he sustained while hiking in his beloved Cascade Mountains. He was 52.

A celebration of Steve’s life was Aug. 12 at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Bellevue.

Born in Peru, Ind., on Oct. 23, 1957, Steve was the second of three children of Don and Donna Grate. He graduated from Peru High School, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Purdue University.

Steve returned to Peru and joined his parents in the family business in 1980. He later took a position working as a computer consultant for Decision Information Systems Inc. In 2000, Steve moved to Issaquah, where he quickly immersed himself in the Pacific Northwest with many outdoor activities, including hiking and boating with his parents. He was fascinated with the history of the area and soon became an expert on the Issaquah-area coal mines.

Many people knew Steve as a community volunteer. Friends describe him as a man of incredible charity and compassion. He was actively involved with his church, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, the Issaquah History Museums and the Issaquah Valley Senior Center. He developed and led tours of the area coal mines and was a walking history book about the area.

Steve is survived by his son Michael Grate; stepson Peter (Jessica) Sahaidachny; two brothers, Philip Grate (Maggie), of Fall City, and Thomas (Yasuko) Grate, of Sammamish; his parents Don and Donna Grate, of Oak Harbor; aunt and uncle Nola and Perry McKee, of Oak Harbor; two nephews; and a cousin.

To some, Steve will be remembered as a Scout leader and Eagle Scout. Others remember him as a skilled computer technician and craftsman. And to others, he’ll be remembered simply as trusted friend. His son Michael knew him best as mentor, devoted dad and best friend.

Direct remembrances to the St. Peter’s UMC Bell Choir, www.stpetersumc.net or to the Issaquah History Museums, www.issaquahhistory.org/depot.

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