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Steven Dompier, 78

| March 3, 2024 12:00 AM

Steven Dompier, 78, born Jan. 7, 1946, in Spokane, Washington, to John and Marjorie Dompier, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 29, 2024.

Steve was raised in Spokane, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. His favorite holidays growing up were spent at Priest Lake, Idaho, piloting and skiing behind the family’s Higgins Runnabout; as well as adventures on his grandparents’ ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. 

He proudly served in the US Navy and then moved on to study at UC Berkeley in the '70s, where he began his passion for building computers and creating software. 

Steve was known for his genius and innovation and for being one of the first to create programming for the personal computer. He created software companies including Island Graphics, where he made many friends and received world-wide recognition for his contributions to the computer industry. 

He loved to fly and obtained his pilot license as a teenager. He flew helicopters, planes and worked as an aircraft controller in the Navy and flew privately in the years after his service.

Steve married Eve, the love of his life, and after traveling the country, moved to Bigfork, where they were partners in developing Eagle Bend West and have lived and enjoyed friends, food, drink and culture for the past 25 years.

Steve was a kind, loving, generous and playfully mischievous man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be dearly missed and forever loved and remembered by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wife, Eve Dompier; his sister, Jeannie (Dompier); and her husband, John Cocks; and nieces and nephews Melissa, Michael, Matthew and Megan Cocks.