Scott Thomas Steen passed away unexpectedly in Oakland, Calif., on April 17, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 38.
A celebration of Scott’s life will take place at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary at 2 p.m. on May 3.
Scott was born and raised in Grass Valley, Calif., and graduated as co-valedictorian from Bear River High School in 1994. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially camping and hiking at Crane Valley in the summer. Both skiing and swimming were favorite seasonal activities. An excellent student, Scott was a member of an award-winning Odyssey of the Mind team that placed second in world competition. He also invested his time and talents in the chamber choir and various service projects.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in history at Pomona College and a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of International Management. He had a successful career as a sales executive. A citizen of the world from an early age, Scott had a passion for travel, was fluent in Spanish and picked up a smattering of other languages along the way. His great interest in other peoples and cultures led to extensive international travel and work experience.
A loving son, brother and friend, he will be remembered for his intellectual curiosity and high ethical standards, as well as for his delightful sense of humor, engaging personality, beautiful smile and compassionate heart. Though his home-going leaves a gaping hole in our lives, we are profoundly grateful for God’s gift of the years of blessings we had with him.
Scott leaves behind his mother, JoAnne Steen; brother, Eric (Stella) Steen; sisters Karen Grundler and Laura (Eric) Mulfinger; nephews Noah Mulfinger and Jack Steen; nieces Alexis Grundler and Kaia Steen; and countless friends.
He was predeceased by his father, William W. Steen, in 2007.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you hug your loved ones and, if desired, make a memorial contribution to the charity of your choice.