It is with great sadness that the family of Steven R. Klausner announces his departure from this earth shortly before his 67th birthday. Over the last five years he survived a traumatic brain injury, various hospitalizations and physical challenges, and the devastating Tubbs fire that took his home and almost his life at Journey’s End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa. His determination to carry on despite it all was his tenacious nature.
Steve was born to Stanley and Dorothy Klausner, the second of six children in San Pedro, ca. He was a feisty child who grew into a feisty teenager who questioned authority on such topics as dress codes in high school, to the war in Viet Nam. After graduation from San Pedro High School Steve sat out on adventures all over the United States in a rainbow painted bus loaded with other young people who shared similar views on the political situations of the time. At the end of this adventure, he settled on five acres in Yakima, Washington, first living in a teepee, then a rustic cabin that he and friends built.
In 1978 Steve returned to California, settled in Sonoma County and purchased a small house on two acres in Glen Ellen beside the Sonoma Creek. His love of nature and the need to preserve it blossomed here. Steve became very active in and was instrumental in founding Friends of Sonoma Creek dedicated to preserving the creek environment and the natural steelhead run. Steve was also known for his political stands, which didn’t follow party lines and went from liberal to conservative, depending on how he saw an issue. He participated in Sonoma County Taxpayers Association and weighed in on accountability and spoke at Santa Rosa City Council meetings as well. From the SMART train to the resort planned off Hwy12 you could count on an opinion. Because of his strong commitments and political actions, he wrote many letters and commentaries for the local papers and was often published. Steve was employed at Hewlett Packard/Agilent for almost 25 years, until his position was moved overseas. After that he enrolled for job retraining at Santa Rosa Jr. College, receiving his AA degree in computer science.
Steve’s home business was named Doves Aflight. He raised and trained white rock doves that he flew at weddings, funerals and special events until his head injury in 2013. In his free time he loved to dance and play drums with a samba band. If there was a parade you would find him there either playing his drums or releasing the birds. Steve loved his family and he will be missed.
He is survived by his son Quinton Klausner; two former wives, Jill Gerry and Deborah Coish; sisters, Jean(and her husband, Michael) Ritter, Cheryl Eades (and her husband, Ben), Viki (and her husband, Jim) Trani, Peggy (and her husband, David) Diaz, and brother, Stan (and his wife, Cindy) Klausner. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces mourn in his passing. His parents preceded him in death.
There will be no services, but friends are encouraged to seek out a special place in nature to reflect, and to donate to an environmental organization in his name.