Dec. 30, 1942-May 20, 2007
VANCOUVER, Wash. - Montia Coval Stephens died May 20, 2007, at the Vancouver Veterans Hospice Center. He was 64.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. Interment will be held at a later date in Pendleton.
Mr. Stephens was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Cottage Grove.
He graduated from Joseph High School in 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he attended Officer Candidate School, served tours in Korea and the Dominican Republic, served in the White House as a communication specialist and was on the presidential press team during President Kennedy's term. He also worked at the Pentagon. He left the Army as a captain.
Mr. Stephens remained in the communication field as a radio disc jockey. He was also a singer and served as an interim pastor at a small church in The Dalles.
He is survived by son Robert Stephens; daughters Tonya Draper, Alice Pittman, and Kris Conrad; stepchildren Michelle Clubb, Dawn Poe and Chester Clubb; sisters Darlene Conyers, Sheila Biegel and Laurel Deardorff; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and an aunt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; an aunt; and two uncles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International Memorial Bibles.