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Wayne Jay Stater, Jr.

June 24, 1927 January 29, 2018
Wayne Jay Stater, Jr.
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Wayne Jay Stater, Jr., of Dayton, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2018, from complications from a series of strokes.

Wayne was born June 24, 1927, in Portland, Oregon, to Dr. Wayne J. Stater, Sr., and Mary Murdoch, a schoolteacher. He spent his childhood in Portland, Santa Monica, New Orleans and Los Angeles, before graduating from Grant HS in 1945. Wayne then spent a year in the Navy aboard the USS Boston. In 1949 he graduated from Stanford in Psychology and headed to NYC, where older sister, Sue, was already living.

Wayne began graduate studies at Columbia Uuiversity and later at the University of Pennsylvania, where he learned Urdu, Hindi and Sanskrit. While in New York he met and married Dorlene Moschak, and a son, Chris, was born. After his studies Wayne began working for Alcan Aluminium Ltd., and so began a career spent mostly outside the US in international marketing. For the next 10 years he lived in Montreal, Canada, Manhattan and Westport, CT. A second son, Tim, arrived and in 1962 the family moved to Puerto Rico, followed by an assignment to Mexico City in 1965. Wayne left Alcan and joined ITT, which led to a move in 1968 back to Puerto Rico. In 1975 Wayne transferred to ITT HQ in London, England and 3 years later to Brussels Belgium, where he ended his career as VP, ITT Int'l & Telecom Inc. and Group General Manager for Africa & Middle East division.

It was in Brussels that Wayne met Sylvia (Patterson). In 1987, his keen interest in wine led him to purchase a small acreage in the Dundee Hills to begin his third career – as a grape grower. Sylvia joined him soon after, and they married in 1992. Daughter Megan arrived in 1994. Wayne enjoyed being out of the office and getting his hands dirty. He enjoyed the physical work, pruning and tending the vines, until the vineyard matured and most of the work had to be done by others.

All his life Wayne was a man of many passions who grabbed every opportunity offered him and made the most of it. He was a keen athlete: he loved ice hockey, water polo, tennis, swimming, skiing, sailing, basketball and bodysurfing which he'd learned in southern California. Wayne's career saw him travel to well over 100 countries. His other passions were reading, playing bridge and dancing, especially to the Latin rhythms that he'd learned to love while living in the Caribbean. Upon his return to Oregon Wayne joined the Grant HS monthly poker group, and until the most recent strokes, attended the weekly Grant lunch. Wayne had a great sense of humor and wit, and could entertain a roomful of strangers at a moment's notice. He and Sylvia liked to visit the opera, ballet, symphony and more, and entertain at home on the vineyard. A favorite indulgence was to host a mariachi band, most recently for Megan's 21st birthday. He joined the World Affairs Council of Oregon and at various times was a member of the City Club of Portland, Newberg and McMinnville. He became a board member at the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, consulted for the World Bank and worked with the Small Business Administration.

Wayne was a thoughtful, caring human being who will be missed greatly by his wife, Sylvia, sons Chris and Tim (Jacqueline), daughter Megan, grandchildren Alexander, Dominique and Alan, and by his many friends, both near and far. The family would like to thank the Providence Hospice team which cared for Wayne over the last five months and provided support to Sylvia.

A memorial will be held in Wayne's honor on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00pm, at First Presbyterian, Newberg, with reception to follow at the Allison Inn.


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