Steve Vermillion has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to service, community and family. Steve has served his various communities by volunteering for many local charity events and service organizations.
He is currently the President of the Vietnam Dustoff Association, Member of the Washington Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (Life Member), is a VFW Life Member, a Life Member of the Dustoff Association, and a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans Association and past President of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society NW Chapter. Steve also is a founding Board Member of the Puyallup Hatchery Historical Foundation , serves as a Good Samaritan Reading Mentor in the Puyallup School District and he and his wife are members of the St. Francis House Miracle Makers. In 2013, Steve was inducted in the Dustoff Association Hall of Fame in San Antonio, TX.
Steve is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received his master's degree in Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University and later completed additional post-graduate studies at the University of Washington. A major part of Steve’s career has been the completion of 25+ years in the US Army where he served as a Master Army Aviator, Commander and Staff Officer throughout the United States and overseas. Serving in Vietnam, he was awarded both the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross awards for heroism.
Steve’s commitment to education and learning were reflected in his teaching positions as an Adjunct Instructor teaching graduate courses for twelve years for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Washington for four years. From his teaching experience, he opened his first business working as an independent consultant and organizational trainer.
Steve and his wife Lori have been married for 44 years. Throughout all of their travels and responsibilities, they have raised two children, both of whom graduated from Puyallup schools, universities in Washington State and they now have two grandchildren. Steve and his family have lived in Puyallup since 1985 and can remember when there wasn't a mall on South Hill and where the Lowes and Haagen Foods is located a horse farm existed--and Bradley Lake was privately owned. When Steve and Lori are out walking, they are normally accompanied by Hank, their Rhodesian Ridgeback hound.
After completing four years on the Puyallup City Council, Steve has moved on to different endeavors. Currently coaching junior league bowling as a USBC Certified Silver Coach, he spends four hours with young bowlers every Saturday morning. Additionally, he coaches Girls Varsity High School Bowling for Puyallup High School. Now with a bit more free time, he continues to write and is working on completing his second book as well working on home projects and traveling in their motor home. Steve continues to serve at the President of the Vietnam Dustoff Association, a position he has held since 2005.