In Memory

Steven Shea

Steven Shea


January 20, 1953 - August 6, 2022

Steven Brian Shea was born on January 20, 1953 in Seattle, Washington and passed on August 6, 2022 surrounded with love, after a valiant battle against MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). His parents were Virginia H Shea (Hoffman) and Patrick H Shea. He is survived by his loving partner of 8 years Dordis Hurlburt, his siblings Kathy Fellstrom, Mike Shea and Janice Buehrer, as well as his children Loren Shea and Lenni Shea. He was a wonderful grandfather to Jules Shea Nielsen, his only grandchild.

Steve attended the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) completing his bachelor's degree in political science. He attended the international student center in London, England in 1973 for one of his undergraduate years. Steve also interned at the Washington State Senate in 1975. He went on to graduate with his juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound in 1979. He had a long and illustrious career in family law in Yakima and Everett, Washington until his retirement in 2019.

Steve could often be found tending to his garden, reading a book, at a University of Washington football game and traveling. He enjoyed many trips with his partner Dordis and family members to New Orleans, Hawaii, many other US destinations, and Europe. He had hoped to return to the United Kingdom and explore Ireland, where his ancestors lived.

Steve will be lovingly remembered as an involved community member with many years of service in the Rotary Club of South Everett/Mukilteo. He served as club president from 2011 to 2012. Steve was a fixture at the annual Turkey Basket delivery event and the Christmas Kmart kids' event.

A memorial will be held on October 23, 2022 from 1-4 pm at Shawn O'Donnell's Irish Pub and Grill in Everett, Washington (122 128th Street SE).

In lieu of flowers please consider donating blood and platelets through Bloodworks Northwest, or a monetary donation to the Rotary Club of South Everett/Mukilteo Foundation, or the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (

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11/03/22 02:17 PM #1    

Glenn Miller

I can't remember the last time I spoke with Steve Shea, but we first met a long time ago at Broadview Elementary School and remember him always as a mellow tempered and kind hearted tall guy.  May his family be comforted by our Creator.


11/08/22 12:59 AM #2    

Tina Herald (Kirk)

I knew Steve from kindergarten at Broadview Elementary right on through to when we graduated from Ingraham. He was a wonderful guy - kind, generous, fun-loving - a superb square dance partner in 5th and 6th grades. I was always delighted whenever we were paired to dance together. My heart breaks for his family's loss and for Steve's battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. Prayers for all.

11/08/22 08:00 PM #3    

Gretchen Arges (Cedergreen)

I ,too, remember Steve all the way back to kindergarten at Broadview. Looking at my kindergarten picture there was steve Shea, Lisa Ward and Cynthia Nelson. All three were such positive forces  through our growing up together!

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