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Stephen Dillon

Born: Wed., Sep. 8, 1943
Died: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Location: First Christian Church


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On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Stephen Lawrence Dillon, loving and faithful husband and father of three children, passed away at age 76.

Steve was born in Eugene, Oregon on September 8, 1943 to Howard and Joyce Dillon. Steve graduated high school in Kansas, Oklahoma, and went on to complete two bachelor’s degrees at Ozark Bible College in Joplin, Missouri. Steve earned a Master of Science at Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1968 before joining the United States Marine Corps. Steve completed Officer Candidate School, was commissioned a second lieutenant, served a combat tour in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer with the 1st Marine Division, and was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. After his active duty military service was completed, Steve continued to serve in the USMC Reserves, and was promoted to Captain. After his military service, Steve worked in law enforcement as a probation officer, and completed a PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior from San Diego’s US International University in 1977. Steve married Jill Louise Lennartson on March 7, 1981, and they bought Myrtle Trees Motel March 1, 1988. To their delight, Steve and Jill’s family grew with the birth of Dustin, Cassie, and Tanner. Steve was always upbeat and had a friendly greeting for each person he met. Steve loved spending time outdoors, tending to his flowers, and spending time with his family. Steve’s Christian faith was his foundation, and he was encouraged by the community of faith at Myrtle Point’s First Christian Church.

Steve was preceded in death by his older brother Wesley, and his father and mother. He is survived by his wife Jill, his three children, Dustin, Cassie, and Tanner, his brothers Jim, Art, and Dave, two sisters Ruth and Martha, and a large, well-loved extended family.

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Cecil Todd
   Posted Fri November 29, 2019
My heart is aching today, and flooded with so many precious memories as I try to express my sincere sympathies and condolence for Stephen Dillon and his precious family....As a young lad,I knew Stephen...he attended the revivals I had for his dad,Howard Dillon...He may have even accepted our Lord Jesus as his personal Savior and followed in being baptized in one of the beautiful nearby mountain streams,during one of my revivals for his precious Dad! Stephen was a handsome young man...who had a heart for the Lord Jesus....I know he was raised right...His Mom and Dad were two of the most humble and godly people I ever knew....and they poured a lot of that into all their kids and into me too! I am a better servant for Christ today and across seventy years of ministry,because of Stephen's Mom and Dad! My heart goes out to the entire Dillon family....Stephen has now



"crossed-over" into eternity...I am going to hope and believe that he never wavered from "The Faith" he learned as a child!"BLESSED"(HAPPY) ARE THE DEAD THAT DIE IN THE LORD...YEA,FROM HENCEFORTH,SAYS THE SPIRIT....THAT THEY MAY REST FROM THEIR LABORS AND THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW AFTER THEM!"(Rev 14:13) CECIL TODD (Grafted into the Dillon family by faith!)

Derry Knight & Patricia Esgro, Sacramento
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jill and family in the recent loss of Steve. Our yearly stays at the motel are always enjoyed, with Steve always smiling, friendly, helpful and inviting. He will be missed.

Curt & Chary Schlenker
   Posted Fri December 13, 2019
Jill, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have been staying at your Motel for nearly 15 consecutive years during the annual fair, and always enjoyed talking/visiting with you and Stephen during our visit there. We envied his garden and knew he really enjoyed tending to his plants. He did much throughout the years to brighten the looks of your Motel and we much enjoyed our Saturday picnic on the freshly painted picnic tables. We will miss his friendly touch during our annual visit to Myrtle Point.

Marc Hust
   Posted Mon February 10, 2020
My father I have been coming to Myrtle Point to go fishing for 20yrs, always staying at Steve's Motel. It was always a pleasure to interact with him. A special friendship grew between us and he would hang our pictures up of the fish we caught in the Motel Lobby. Steve thanks for the years. You will be missed and always remembered. And as a fellow Marine, Semper Fi Brother.

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