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From: Pete Wasser <>
Subject: [OREGON] Jeffrey Allen Staver Obituary
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 13:16:22 -0800
Surnames: Staver, Gannon, Hohenlohe
Jeffrey Allen Staver, 32, a resident of The Dalles, died on Tuesday,
November 20, 2001.
Jeffrey was born October 11, 1969 at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam,
the first of three children to Robert and Janice (Gannon) Staver.
Jeffrey lived his first year on Guam and was delighted with the variety
of sights and sounds of life on a tropical island.
After his family moved to The Dalles in 1974, Jeffrey Staver attended
St. Mary's Academy and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1988. As
a child, Jeffrey spent hours drawing cars and spaceships and his natural
talent as an artist continued to develop in college. He studied
architecture at the University of Oregon for four years before
transferring to Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he earned a
BFA in Scenic Design with honors in the department of Theatre Arts in
At SOU, Jeffrey worked as technical director and scenic designer for
numerous productions including Born Yesterday, Picasso at the Lapin
Agile, Cementville, Voice of the Prarie, Goodnight Desdemona,
Goodmorning Juliet, and Night of the Iguana.
Truly an artisan, Jeffrey dedicated himself to crafting the perfect
sense of ambiance and character for each of his designs. He often drove
many miles to find a piece of period furniture that lent itself to his
vision. Jeffrey spent long hours working on every aspect of his sets and
inevitably could be found working alongside his crew in their
construction. His outstanding talent was recognized through several
department scholarships as well as the 1999 Dorothy Stolp Award for
exceptional achievement in Theatre Arts.
Jeffrey was inspired by the genius of Shakespeare. A volume of his
complete works traveled with him everywhere. He interned at the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in the Spring of 1999 and worked for the
Festival during the 1999 season. He was selected as the Festival's
technical director and assistant designer for the OSF Exhibit Center
during the 2000 Season.
After completing one year of the MFA program in Scenic Design at the
University of Washington, Jeffrey was on leave while designing sets for
several productions in Portland.
Theatre was only one of Jeffrey's rich and varied interests. He was an
avid snowboarder, enjoyed mountaineering, and ran several times in the
Hood to Coast race. He had a vast appreciation and knowledge of music
from Beethoven to Holst and Bob Dylan to Primus. He loved movies and had
an incredible memory for dialogue. Jeffrey could quote entire scenes
from dozens of mivies and imitate anyone from Jimmy Stewart to Fat
Albert to Peter Sellers.
Jeffrey put his friends and family first, always. He was equally happy
working outside with his grandfather, building a bonfire with his
friends, or enjoying a cup of tea with his mother. Those who knew and
loved Jeff know how lucky they are to have shared in his life. He will
be so deeply missed. Survivors include his parents: Robert and Janice
Staver, The Dalles; a sister: Jennifer (Staver) Hohenlohe and her
husband Paul, Corvallis; a brother: Jonathan Staver, Seattle; his
grandparents: Ruth and Cecil Staver, Fort Collins, Colorado; numerous
aunts, uncles, and cousins and many faithful friends.
A memorial service to honor Jeffrey's life will be held on Saturday,
December 1 at
2 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium Ballroom (The Dalles) with a potluck meal
to follow. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jeffrey
Staver, SOU Foundation (in support of students in scenic design), 1250
Siskyou Blvd., Ashland, Oregon 97520.
Arrangements in care of Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.
The Dalles Chronicle November 27, 2001
Written permission to reprint obituary given by The Dalles Chronicle,
The Dalles, Oregon.
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