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Stephen Saunders March 7, 1938 - November 5, 2020

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Stephen Saunders, 82 , died November 5, 2020, in Chandler, AZ.  Steve was born in Seattle, WA.  His  father was a doctor and his mother worked in his office for many years.  Steve moved to Anchorage, AK in 1966 with Chevron.  While working at Chevron, he met and married his wife, Janice Brewer.  They were married in 1979.
Steve worked as a field representative for Chevron until 1986 when he retired from the company.  He always wanted to become his own boss and fulfilled that dream when he went into business as Inlet Petroleum Company with his partner, Rocky Brew.  They remained partners until the sale of the company in 2006.  Steve remained an active member of his community for many years.  He was a Port Commissioner for Anchorage , President of the Alaska Trucking Association, served on the Northwest Osteopathic Association Board and various other boards over the years.
His interests were many but in particular boating was a passion.  He owned numerous boats over the course of his life.  His most prized boats were the Jan S in Seward, AK, the Sleeping Lady in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island , WA and a 1957 Thompson wood boat he restored for his grandson Robbie.  Health reasons caused Steve to transition to his party pontoon boats in Chandler, AZ and Nancy Lake, AK.
He loved hunting and has many trophy hides.  Most notable is a world class polar bear which he got the last year it was legal to hunt them in Alaska.  Steve hunted grizzly bears and other animals during his life in Alaska.  Fishing was also a love for him and he spent many days in Seward fishing for salmon and halibut.  He also fished in Mexico and caught a large marlin which fulfilled another dream.
In 2014, he acquired property at Nancy Lake with family members and helped develop it into a wonderful playground for all the family to enjoy.  He, of course, acquired another boat for the lake and enjoyed it and 4 wheeling around the area.  His great joy was to fill the boat with family and friends and spend the day in the sun swimming and playing on the water.  The evenings were filled with 3-4 other boats rafted together full of friends enjoying music, fire pits and the midnight sun.   A little beer drinking was also included!
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janice Brewer, and children, Bob and wife Lori Brewer, Greg and wife Christy and Gordon Saunders.  Grandchildren include Robbie Brewer and his fiance Olivia Grant, Sydney and Ben Saunders, sister Margaret Reiner and  family, nephews Jonathan Kee , Roman Collette and niece Adora Cortez.
Steve had a wonder life and traveled extensively over the prior 40 years to many countries and continents.  His favorite  trips were:   a month in South Africa with friends and a month in Australia.  However, all the other countries were treasured and he made many friends during the stays which have endured over all these years.
Steve was a devoted family man and beloved by all his friends and business associates.  Due to his strong Christian beliefs, he was known as a straight shooter in his business and personal dealings alike.  He will be cremated and his ashes returned to Alaska, the place he has always proudly claimed as his home.

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    David Morice says

    My sincere condolences ………even though it was a short time that I got to know Stephen, I was lucky enough to spend time with him in AZ and AK……..it was truly enjoyable and will never forget him for his stories, strong character, and positive outlook on life. Will truly be missed.

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    Marcia and John Hanenburg says

    Jan and family, What a beautiful write up of an amazing man! We have so enjoyed being your neighbors. Steve was always out working and willing to chat and visit. You have built a wonderful legacy together! Please know we are here for anything you may need. Love and prayers for you all, John and Marcia Hanenburg

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    Tracy Brewer says

    Luly and I send our deepest sympathies to you Janice and the entire family. We were so lucky to have Steve as a part of our lives while in Alaska and even after we moved to San Diego. The memories of this great man will be with us for ever! Love you Janice and if there is anything we can do, please let us know. God Bless!

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    Tracy Brewer says

    Dear Jan,

    Our deepest condolences go out to you and the entire family. Luly and I will always cherish the wonderful memories we had of and with Steve. Such a kind and gracious man he was. If you need anything don’t hesitate to contact us. God Bless

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    Tony and Diane Morice says

    As saddened as we are at the passing of Steve, we are happy to have had the opportunity get to know him over the years. Diane and I first met both Jan and Steve at a house party in Santorini Shores when they first moved to AZ. From that point on, we were able to enjoy many gatherings, dinners together,Turf Paradise racing and many other special moments and memories. A common bond formed for Tony and Steve were the love of trucks, cars, boats and of guns. Steve was always sharing his stories and even extended a hand to our son to some of his associates in Alaska.
    Steve was indeed a man of many talents, and a most caring individual who will be sorely missed in our household.
    It was our pleasure to have to have had the time with him as a neighbor, and good friend.
    God will be pleased to have Steve at his side . He will be in our hearts and memories and always bring a smile. Rest in Peace my Friend.

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    Tony & Diane Morice says

    As saddened as we are at the passing of Steve Saunders, we are happy to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know him over the years. We first met Steve and Jan at a house party in Santorini Shores. From that point on, we were able to enjoy many gatherings, dinners together, Boat rides, Turf Paradise Racing and many other special moments and memories. A common bond for Tony and Steve were love of trucks, cars,boats, and guns.
    Steve was always sharing his stories and even extended a hand to our son for business connections in Alaska. He was indeed a man of many talents, a most caring individual, and a straight shooter. He will be missed.
    It was our pleasure to have had time with him as a neighbor and good friend. God will be pleased to have Steve at his side. He will be in our hearts and memories and always bring a smile. Rest in peace.

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    Wesley Kerlin says

    Jan and family, Steve will always stand out in my mind as one of the finest examples of a true Alaskan. I am blessed to have shared numerous camp fires with Steve and family listening as he told of his many adventures in The Great Land. The sad part of those experiences was the inevitable moment when the fire would die down and he would bid us all a good night. God’s Holy Word tells us that we will see Steve again after the resurrection, for now, good night to a Great man from The Great Land.

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    Clarissa Quinlan says

    I will always remember Steve’s cheerful smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Steve loved to tell stories from his years in Alaska and was always willing to educate me on the reason for and specifics of approved aviation oils ….. some of which I didn’t fully understand.
    Steve and Jan had a wonderful bond and enjoyed many travel adventures through the years. I’ll miss you, Steve.

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