Mr. Steiger was a delegate to the 1948 Republican National Convention and his realestate office on Third Street, now Pier View Way, was for years the local Republican headquarters.
He graduated from Oceanside High School and OceansideCarlsbad Junior College. His mother was also an Oceanside High grad.
He was proud of an entity he created, the Greater San Luis Rey Valley Planning and Development Council, which reached out to Oceanside neighbors in a spirit of regional cooperation. Mr. Steiger was still a member of the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation and the board of the Old Mission San Luis Rey Historic Foundation when he died at TriCity Medical Center after a suffering a massive stroke.
Mr. Steiger was a former member of the Oceanside City Council, a charter president of the OceansideCarlsbad Junior Chamber of Commerce, a founder of the Oceanside Boys and Girls Club and of the Oceanside Yacht Club.
Mr. Steiger ties to the area predate his birth on April 5, 1920, extending into the days of the Mexican land grants in the 1840s.
Former City Councilman Sam Williamson had a similar view of Mr. Steiger, saying strength was in promoting Oceanside. That was his No. 1 goal. Steiger is survived by Mary, his wife of 55 years; two daughters, Laura Fitzpatrick of Golden Valley, Ariz., and Susan Maguire of Hollister; a son, John Damian Steiger of San Diego; two sisters, Doris Clarke of Carlsbad and Helen Steiger of Oceanside; a brother, Robert Steiger of Lakeport; and six grandchildren. Box 3054, Oceanside, CA 92051..
He was known throughout the county for his civic and philanthropic work.
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Mr. Steiger was born in the city, and he died there Saturday at age 88.
Oceanside historian John Daley remembers working for Mr. Steiger, cleaning his real estate office when Daley was 9. The word in its most positive sense, Daley said, is the word that first comes to mind when he thinks of Mr. Steiger enthusiasm for Oceanside.
He returned to Oceanside to attend the community college, now MiraCosta, and went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree at Stanford University. His high school and college alma maters list him on their honor walls of distinguished alumni.