Stephen Lang, 76, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Stephen was born to Ellsworth and Inez Lang on February 2, 1942 at the Klamath Agency near Chiloquin, Oregon.
He grew up on the Ancestral home along the Williamson River spending countless hours with his Grandparents Tom and Lulu where he went hunting, fishing and trapping on the Williamson River.
Steve was proceeded in death by his parents and brothers Gary, Butch and Alan “Tuba” Lang.
Steve married Beverly Hicks 53 years ago and together they built a ranch home where they raised daughters Andrea Libercajt and Brenna Lang.
In 1975 Steve along with brother Alan “Tuba”, cousin Leonard “Fritz” Norris, Chuck Kimbol and James Kirk started a lawsuit that later became known as Kimbol vs Callahan. This lawsuit became a milestone for the Klamath Tribes in regaining federally recognized Tribal status.
Steve served on the game commission for twelve years. He was passionate about Tribal rights and was known to speak his piece in Council.
Steve worked for Weyerhaeuser for over 30 years as a timber faller. He along with his crew set a record in timber volume taken in one day that has never been broken. Steve retired when hit by a tree that another worker lost control of.
Steve is survived by wife, best friend and hunting partner Beverly. Brother-in-Law Robert Hicks, Grandsons Stephen Libercajt and Teylen Cole. Granddaughters Rayanna and Shana Cole. Great grandson Stephen Libercajt III, Great granddaughter Rayanna Wilson and Vanessa Little. Nephews Ellsworth Lang, James and Nester Esquada and families. Nephew Lil Robert Hicks and family. Niece Alana Whitehurst, sister Alana Lang and many cousins and friends.
Steve wanted to tell his family and friends:
Stay Strong and I’ll see you again.