Dec. 6, 1941 — March 28, 2017
Jeffrey Stuart Stangland died on March 28, 2017. He was born on Dec. 6, 1941, to Arthur and Artie Stangland in Astoria, Oregon. He attended school in Astoria, serving as Astoria High School student body president in his senior year. Jeff then attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a degree in business.
In 1963 he married Mary Chris Storms, and in 1965 they moved to Sydney, Australia, and later to Eltham, outside of Melbourne, where he worked for Rio Tinto. While in Australia, their daughter, Amanda and, son, Douglas, were born.
In 1971, the family moved back to Eugene, where Jeff became a partner in Western Graphics Corp. In 1983, Jeff sold his interest in Western Graphics and struck out on his own, founding Stangland Construction Co., specializing in custom homes, enabling him to pursue the work he loved best.
Jeff’s love of history and eclectic adventures led him along a variety of different paths. He salvaged and restored a Model A Ford. He then sold the Model A, and bought a 25-foot sailboat named Sassafras. He and his family spent many weekends picnicking and sailing in the San Juan Islands and on Fern Ridge Lake, west of Eugene. Once retired, Jeff sold his sailboat and bought an Airstream trailer, nicknamed “The Toaster.” He and Mary Chris leisurely criss-crossed the country, combining adventure and history in their journeys.
Jeff was also well known for his horticultural skills … beautiful roses, a bountiful vegetable garden and prize blueberries thrived under his green thumb. With loving attention, his roses never suffered from mildew or black spot, and his blueberries were luscious, picked and eaten straight from the bush.
Jeff was a proud, loving and involved grandfather of four boys, Sawyer, Finn, Mitchell and Max, the latter two often called Mix and Match. His love of family, adventure, history and horticulture embodied a kind and generous man who led a life well lived. We will all miss him.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Chris Stangland; daughter, Amanda Reed (John); son, Douglas (Lucianne); grandsons, Sawyer, Finn, Mitchell and Max; a sister, Saradell Poddar; and brothers, Chris and Tom Stangland.