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.