March 19, 1938 — Oct. 16, 2017
Artist extraordinaire Susan Pastor died Oct. 16, 2017, at her home in Cannon Beach, with her husband and cherished cats by her side.
She was born on March 19, 1938, in Kearney, Nebraska, to Claude Saunders and Idarose Prell Saunders. The family moved to California when she was a child. She attended Pepperdine University on an art scholarship but, in her words, was “coerced” into the more practical major of education. Like her mother, she became a school teacher and taught elementary school in Southern California.
Seeking a change, she moved to Oregon where she found “beauty and heaven” in Cannon Beach. She met her soulmate Dave Pastor, and they were married on June 3, 1976. She was the concierge for Hallmark Inn for 25 years.
A versatile artist, she mastered many techniques, from trompe l’oeil to whimsical. She painted landscapes, abstracts, still life and portraits. Her work is remarkable for its detail and realism. Her mural of a bamboo garden on a wall outside Haystack Resorts is so realistic that people have tried to walk into it. She created several murals for Hallmark Resorts in Cannon Beach and Newport. Her paintings hang in local restaurants and the Cannon Beach Liquor Store and the Etc. store she owned with her husband.
Any object became art: art deco lamps, a bronze mannequin, sea critters on gutters, a pebble-inlaid fish on the driveway. She was known for her town and seascapes of her beloved town, and her portraits of local personalities, including lamplighter Jay Schwehr and artist Bill Steidel.
Her last painting was of her husband napping. She encouraged unsung local artists by creating “Hidden Talent” art events to showcase their talents. She was a member of the Labor Day Spelunkers Party. For nearly 42 years, Susie and Dave made it a point to have Sunday dinner at the Driftwood restaurant.
Susie is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dave; her daughter, Julie, and her husband, Nick Sandoval; son, Bruce Billington; stepson, Paul Pastor; two grandsons; three step-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirlee Ann, and her husband, Kent Rogers.
At her request, there will be no services. Her ashes will be spread in the Pacific Ocean.
Susie loved animals and would appreciate any memorial donations to Clatsop Animal Assistance, P.O. Box 622, Warrenton, OR 97146.
Look up to see her latest works, as Susie continues to paint among the clouds.