Steve Philip Shears
was born to Ray and Shirley Shears on Dec. 1, 1958, and died Dec. 22, 2011. He was raised in Fortuna and attended Fortuna Union High School. In 1976 he took a summer job on the Christie II, a commercial salmon boat, and found what was to become his life career.
He crewed on a number of other vessels, including the Amy June, Aquarius, Lucky Star, and Miss Heather, then became captain of the Candy B in 1991. This important part of his life continued until the boat was bought out by the government in 2003. Steve tried other business ventures and jobs. He was happy, however, to return to the sea when the right fishing job appeared. In addition to work, he dedicated himself to helping others and did almost anything toward that goal.
He loved God and was grateful to be 24 years clean and sober. He spent countless hours sharing with others and carrying the message. His seemingly endless energy, which often kept him in constant motion, turned into patience as he listened to friends and guided them with his gift.
Lyme Disease interrupted his career and ultimately his life. He is survived by his treasured children, Jessica and Elijah; his brothers Greg and Doug; and a fellowship that mourns him deeply. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 2450 Alliance, in Arcata at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. People are welcome to bring cookies or other light refreshments.
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