Passed away on July 4, 2018, after an extensive endeavor with a chronic heart condition.
Stewart was born April 16, 1964 in Lemoore, Calif. to Edwin and Elaine Surber. He was raised during his youth in Lemoore and Oxnard, Calif., before relocating with his parents via the Navy to Oak Harbor in 1972. Stewart attended Oak Harbor High School where he competed and surpassed others in track and football. He received top honors in the 40-yard dash, achieving timed records that were exemplary. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1982.
Stewart was an avid fisherman. He followed his passion, which led him to Alaska where he worked for 30 plus years in the fishing industry. Up until 2014, Stewart spent 16 years working for Aleutian Spray Fisheries, where his hard work and dedication made way for him to become a factory manager for this company, which he very much respected. Stewart was a great shipmate, a favorite boss and a good friend to many. He had a joking, fun characteristic like no other.
Whether fishing for work or for fun, Stewart always had the lucky catch of the day — no matter who he was with. He enjoyed football, baseball and, of course, he loved the casino. Stewart enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, boating, hunting, snowboarding, sunshine and wildlife. No bird, deer or squirrel would ever go hungry with Stewart around.
He will be remembered for his good-hearted, fun-filled nature and his practical jokes. His laughter was priceless. He was a kid at heart. He would often say, “The light that burns the brightest burns half as long.” He was that light.
Stewart is survived by his wife Jana Surber; two daughters, Tatiana Surber and Lyndsi Applegarth; and son Jerin Applegarth. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Tierin Dorsey and Lanie Tubbs; his father Edwin (Mildred) Surber; and siblings Scott (Kelly) Surber, Steve (Linette) Surber and Sam (Siobhan) Surber.
He was preceded in death by his mother Elaine Young.
A casual memorial will be held in his honor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the CPO club in Oak Harbor.