Steven Arthur Alstot
December 8, 1958 – November 7, 2020
Steve Alstot Dec. 8, 1958 - Nov. 7, 2020 Steven Arthur Alstot died peacefully at home in Portland, Ore., Nov. 7, 2020 at the age of 61, surrounded by his loving family. Steve is survived by his wife, Catherine "Kate" Mountain; daughters, Louisa, Faith (Joe) and Lauren (Evan); grandsons, Andrew Alstot and Desmond Arthur Thomas; brother, Corvin and wife, Gayle Alstot; sister, Susan Mitchem and her two children, Crystal and Jeff; and his trusty labradoodle, Jake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gary and Carol.
Steve, who was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., established his lifelong reputation for both thriftiness and independence, by riding his bike over 2,000 miles from Chicago to the University of Oregon to begin his undergraduate program. He then attended Northwestern University, his parents' alma mater, earning a degree in Physical Therapy, and through the Evidence In Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions, acquired a Doctorate of Physical Health.
After moving back to Portland and working at Kaiser Permanente, Steve's commitment to emphasizing collaboration with colleagues as well as his earnestness to hire exceptionally skilled and qualified employees led to co-founding ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists in 2002. For two decades, his company successfully expanded across the region, allowing Steve and his partners to sell ProActive to Confluent Health in 2018, and formally retire in 2020.
Steve remained committed to the field of physical therapy, as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Private Practice Section. His role as advocate included positions on the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board, Oregon Physical Therapy-Political Action Committee, Oregon Physical Therapy Association Government Affairs Committee and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Steve was an accomplished athlete throughout his life, and relished being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying ultimate frisbee, road biking, and running and completing the Hood to Coast relay, many, many times. Quite fortuitously, Steve met his wife Kate, a former University of Oregon runner, on the Kaiser Permanente Running Club.
Steve had two daughters with his first wife, and another daughter with Kate, and together everyone slowly and successfully mastered the art of the blended family.
Steve's love of sports played out as a longtime season ticket holder to Oregon Ducks football, where his middle daughter, Lauren, is a loyal graduate and his youngest daughter, Louisa, is presently earning her graduate degree. His competitive spirit has been captured by his oldest daughter, Faith, who takes on Portland Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course, while Lauren tackles peloton training after mere months of presenting a new grandchild. His 17 year old grandson, Andrew, kept up the Eugene inspired tradition of ultimate frisbee with his nationally ranked club team and Louisa gave him the parental thrills and chills of soccer games from the Mighty-Mites, high school and club soccer to a collegiate conclusion playing for University of Redlands Bulldogs. As a firm believer in fair play and solidarity, Steve took the greatest joy in every athletic endeavor. Steve remained an avid cyclist and faithful member of his bike club, Portland Velo.
William Faulkner once said "Between grief and nothing I will take grief." Suffice it to say, Steve will be greatly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. The family would like to thank the staff at the Oregon Health and Sciences University for their sustained care and dedication.