July 1, 1955 — March 13, 2017
Steven Edward King, born July 1, 1955, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents Ruby and Gerry King, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 13, 2017. Known to his eight grandchildren as “Papa King,” and to his congregation as “Pastor Steve,” he was loved far and wide by individuals from diverse walks of life. He impacted many through his love of Jesus, perpetual optimism and animated storytelling.
Steve graduated in 1973 from Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California. He was an avid surfer, searching the next wave in his Volkswagen van. After high school, Steve attended a Missionary Baptist seminary before moving to Oregon to be a logger. With his then wife, Deborah Ann Edmiston, he welcomed his first two children, Steve and Chelsea.
In 1977, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he welcomed his third child, Devon. Steve was a chapel manager in the Air Force for 10 years, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He also traveled with the Air Force racquetball team. After a divorce, Steve moved to Denver, Colorado.
While in Denver, Steve harnessed his entrepreneurial spirit and worked mostly in sales, persuading people to buy anything from women’s handbags at flea markets to brand new cars off the lot. For many years he was a real estate broker for Keller Williams. During this period of his life he met his wife, Kay. She soon joined him at Keller Williams, and together they achieved Top Agents of the Year several times!
After living the hectic life of agents, they moved to Seaside, Oregon, to work full time in ministry. Steve was the pastor at Seaside Calvary Church, alongside Kay, who led worship and the children’s program, for the past eight years. You also may have heard him weaving together scripture and stories from his own life on KPDQ or KAST radio stations.
Although Steve spent much time in the hospital due to complex medical needs, and even more time in dialysis during the past six years, he enjoyed many endeavors alongside his loyal wife, Kay. Together they took adventures like a trip to the Holy Land, rappelling a waterfall in Kauai, and hang gliding in Tennessee. Up until Steve’s last days, he was planning his next adventure: a sky dive.
Steve is survived by wife, Kay; children, Steve, Chelsea and Devon; grandchildren, Erik, Alex, Laila, Brennan, Rubi, Jai, Lillian and William; brother, Mark; and a large extended family. He will be deeply missed and we find comfort knowing that he no longer suffers from his physical ailments, and knows divine comfort in the Kingdom of Heaven.
His memorial will be held at North Coast Family Fellowship this Saturday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Flowers may be sent to the service, to be received at noon on Saturday; or, in lieu of flowers, donations are accepted at Seaside Calvary Church, and the funds will be used to continue the ministry that Steve and Kay started.