By Bill Sauro
From the first day we met, as new members of the Arizona National Guard in 1969, our lives have been intertwined in a remarkable series of adventures. Memorable travels, exciting experiences, profitable business ventures, sobering failures. Through it all, Steve displayed a lust for life that dominates my memory of him.
I was not a part of an aspect of Steve's life that was very important to him: Nature, rivers and the outdoors. I preferred a vacation in a big city, as opposed to a big canyon. But what is so amazing is that he embraced the things that I enjoyed with as much passion as those that he liked best. Whether it was a trip to the Big Apple to see a musical, or flying with Nanci to San Francisco to witness my marriage, Steve made things fun.
This flexability accounts for the incredible number and array of friends he had. No matter what your roots might have been, Steve had the almost supernatural ability to look through your exterior directly into your heart. He could sense your values, your honesty and your love. And if he felt there was conflict between his strong values and your actions, he would tell you in no uncertain terms!
Looking back, there are two words that sum up Steve's commitment to others: ALWAYS THERE.
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