It is with deep sadness that Upper Rogue Community Center board members learned of the passing of Steve Hauck, executive director, on September 23 at approximately noon. Hauck spent his final hours at home with his brother and sister by his side. Former Board President Stan Johnson said, “It is a loss to the whole community not just the community center.”
Hauck was a beloved member of the Upper Rogue community beginning when he took over as director of the center about eight years ago. “Steve was a selfless, devoted volunteer for all of Southern Oregon not just the community center. He gave time and commitment to help other people,” said David Rayburn ,URCC board member and Manager of the Shady Cove PremierWest Bank. Rayburn went on to say that Hauck got many programs started at URCC through his extraordinary grant writing abilities that brought in much funding. The planned expansion of URCC is through grants that Hauck secured.
Hauck was responsible for the After School Homework Program, tripling the size of the youth summer camp, getting money to expand emergency services, building the transportation program and much more. He was also a strong advocate of the URCC Food Pantry and always a friendly presence at URCC events such as holiday dinners and the weekly senior lunches.
Always caring about youth, Hauck was on the committee working to get the Shady Cove Boys & Girls Club open. And because of Hauck, URCC now partners with Rogue Community College gave transportation to students who worked on summer projects at Willow Lake for the last two years.
Until recently, Hauck was active in the Rubber Duck Race, the premier fundraising event for URCC. Who could ever forget Hauck standing in the river with a big grin on his face and a lock of dark hair hanging over his forehead while corralling ducks and entertaining kids? He was a class act.
Whatever community Hauck lived in, he gave all. During his many years in Ashland, he served as a city councilor, on the school board budget committee, Ashland Housing Commission and other boards and committees. He also was a Director and Chairperson of Rogue Valley Transportation District, on the Board of Directors for ACCESS and Rogue Valley Council of Governments and served in many other professional capacities. URCC was fortunate to get someone of Hauck’s caliber and experience. Johnson said, “He is the first real director the community center has ever had.”
As well as extensive work experience, Hauck had a sound education with a Master’s Degree in Management from Southern Oregon University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon.
Although Hauck ultimately lost his long battle with cancer, he was much admired by those who worked with him for maintaining his sense of humor and jocularity throughout his long ordeal. Indeed, Hauck’s passing is a blow to the Upper Rogue community and the many residents who personally interacted with him over the last eight years.
There will be a private service for Steve Hauck. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Capital Campaign for the Upper Rogue Community Center, P.O. Box 216, Shady Cove, OR 97539
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent