Ron Stevens

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A Jackson man was drowned yesterday in a canoeing accident in Oregon.

Ron Stevens, 84, of Jackson was visiting his daughter, Nancy Stevens, 57, who is a blind Paralympian living in Bend, when a canoe the pair had rented overturned somehow on the Deschutes River.

According to reports, the two were both wearing life jackets and attempted to swim to shore but could not make it before the current swept them over Dillon Falls.

Stevens was pulled unresponsive from the river and, despite CPR efforts, never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Daughter Nancy was injured but was reportedly in good condition this morning according to KTVZ News Channel 21.

Stevens was a popular figure around town since arriving to the valley in 2009. He was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. He was a board member of the Senior Center where he was awarded Senior of the year in 2014. He was the TC Friends Liaison for the Library. He also volunteered at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

The last time Buckrail had caught up with the busy senior, Stevens was rehearsing for an Off Square Theatre Company production called “2nd Act: Fun-loving Staged Readings by Lifelong Learners.”

Dillon Falls on the Descutes River. (Wikipedia)