In Memory


Fellow classmate Pam England Lasher offered these words:  "Steve died in 1993 in a car accident near Mexico City where he was working for Firestone International.  He was married to his high school sweetheart Mary Jo (Beanie) Peterson.  They had three children.

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03/03/10 02:19 PM #1    

Lois Fulcher (Glad)

I am posting this with some of my own memories, and some memories gathered from my sister in law Patricia, who was Steve's cousin. I considered Steve an all-around good guy during our years at West -- he lived only a few blocks from me. Steve took pride in being a Thunderbird and participated in many class activities. He was a king of the "tubes" at Nelson's Pool, and in the 60's loved all things water/surfing, especially the Beach Boys! Steve was smart and many considered him good looking. He didn't pay much attention to either attribute, but considered his formidable wit his best asset. Steve attended NAU and Thunderbird School of Global Management following his graduation. His long executive career with Firestone Co. took him to many postings out of the country, his last being in Mexico City. In 1983, Steve was a co-founder of the Mexico City Hash House Harriers. Steve was extremely proud of his family and his three children. Miss ya Steve - Aloha!

08/18/10 01:24 PM #2    

Delbert Mack

Steve was a neighbor, friend and elementary school mate. He was what you would call an all around good guy, and fun to be around. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.  Although I dropped well out of circulation so as not to know or remember about him and Mary Jo (Peterson), Mary Jo was a very good friend to me during my brief stint at West High. I am so sorry for the loss to herself and their family. 

Steve and I built a solar furnace together in wood shop in 8th grade using a very large magnifying lense we ordered. It was quite a contraption we made from a design in a magazine, and it turned out very well--much of which I attribute to Steve as I was not exactly a whiz at wood working. But I was pretty good at melting or buring stuff up in the 1800+ degree heat generated at the focal point (which was focused on a drill chuck where the designated objects to be toasted were held).

09/04/10 04:04 PM #3    

Norma-Jean Strickland

I remember both Mary Jo ("Bean") and Steve quite well and with great fondness, so I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing.  I remember them both as being great friends during our high school years, so it was not surprising when I later learned of their marriage.  I only hope his children were old enough when he died so they remember their parents' great love for each other.  My sincerest condolences go to Mary Jo.  I remember them both as having a fabulous sense of humor, which I think most everyone at school enjoyed about them!

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