Stephen Kerron Prothero passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the age of 73 in his home in Keizer.
Steve was born in Portland, Oregon to Stephen Everett Prothero and Jane Elizabeth Kerron Prothero on December 2, 1939.
He spent his early childhood there before moving to Hermiston with his parents at the age of 8. Graduating from Hermiston High School in 1957, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Oregon State University and completed his master’s degree at OSU in 1963. In 1961, he married Marylin Thompson.
Steve taught mathematics at Willamette University from 1963 to 2009. He coached the men’s golf team from 1966 to 2009 and the women’s golf team from 1995 to 2002, winning many Coach of the Year honors along the way from the regional division. He was elected to the Willamette Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Steve enjoyed many different sports. He was a Salem city tennis champion, an Oregon state badminton singles champion, played basketball in high school, pitched for the Willamette faculty softball team, climbed most of the Cascade peaks, played volleyball, hiked and cross-country skied. An avid bicyclist, he served many years on the Bicycle Safety Committee.
He belonged to the Salem Pilots Association for more than 30 years and flew many times to destinations all over the country.
Civically minded, Prothero spent most of his time at Northview Terrace Swim Club, Keizer Community Library and the Cancer Care Unit at Salem Hospital.
Steve is survived by his wife Marylin and his daughters Paige Reed and Valerie Prothero and his three grandchildren, Logan, June and Maya.
Services will take place at Cone Chapel on the Willamette University campus on a date to be determined this spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to Keizer Community Library, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Willamette University for the Willamette University Hall of Fame Fund.Print