Dear IREC Friends and Supporters,
It is with deep personal regret that I inform you that Steve Orloff passed away yesterday. Steve died after a difficult struggle with cancer. Steve was a Siskiyou County Farm Advisor for more than 20 years and his research and community outreach played an instrumental role in progressing Northeast California agriculture. His tremendous knowledge and overwhelming support for agriculture will be deeply missed. We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague! On behalf of all the IREC staff our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Below is an announcement from UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston regarding this sad news including a message from his family.Rob WilsonIREC Director/Farm Advisor
It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the sad news that Steve Orloff, UC Cooperative Extension director and advisor in Siskiyou County, has died. Last night, I received the message below from his family:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and mentor, Steve Orloff. His entire family would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and support we have received from those of you who love and appreciate Steve as we do. He will be deeply missed for his kind and generous heart, as he so freely shared his knowledge and experience with anyone who asked for his help. But anyone who knows Steve will especially miss him tremendously for his sense of humor and fun-loving spirit. We are grateful to know that he is back in God's loving arms and pain free. We are not sure at this time of our plans to honor Steve, but we ask that you remember him as he always lived – happily spending time with his family and friends, helping others, and surfing.
Thank you, The entire Orloff Family
Over the 33 years that Steve has been a member of the UC ANR family, I'm sure that many of you have worked with this kind and affable man, whether it be at county director meetings, on alfalfa research or Program Council or other projects. We'll all miss Steve's good nature, willingness to help others and his expertise.
Please keep his wife, Islia, and their three sons Michael, Danny and Rob in your thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathies go out to them. We'll be in touch with his family as their plans to honor Steve develop and to find out how we can help. As funeral arrangements are known, we will pass that information along.