Always willing to help however he could Steve was one of the original founders of the Arrowbear Lake Lions Club that continues serving the local mountain communities of Arrowbear and also Running Springs. With a smile that went from ear to ear Steve loved people and they loved him right back.
At his service today at the Robert Hootman Community Center the large room was filled to overflowing with friends and family who knew and loved Steve. There were so many people there that there weren’t nearly enough chairs and there must have been 20 or 30 people who stood in the back of the large room during the entire ceremony. The service was led by Springs of Life Church Pastor Jay Houck, who is a lifelong Running Springs resident.
Many of his friends and family members wore some type of camouflage clothing (be it a scarf, hat, jacket or shirt) to honor his love of the outdoors. I couldn’t help but think that the Steve must have been up in heaven looking down on his “camouflaged friends” and having a great laugh. What a great tribute to him.
I have no idea what shoe size Steve wore but they must have been big and no matter who steps up to the plate they will never, ever be able to fill HIS shoes.
During the service many family members spoke about their dad or their brother. It was an emotional ceremony all the way around but it was also such a tribute to a man who made his mark on the world in small but important ways. He was always welcoming with a smile that went from ear-to-ear and he loved his family, his friends, the mountains and the local communities.
Somehow the communities of Running Springs and Arrowbear Lake are a little bit small with his loss but I can imagine Steve is up in heaven saying, “Thanks guys, now get on with life.”
We each have the chance to help one another in many different ways and Steve was one of those people who gave and gave out of the love in his heart and his commitment to his friends and community. Those of us who knew him will remember him always because he not only made an indelible imprint on the friends he met he was one of those people who truly loved life and his communities. The overflow crowd that filled the Robert Hootman Community Center was a tribute to this special man we all loved.
Always remember a beautiful saying that was one on one the poster boards at the ceremony and it is such a good reminder: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but the moments that take your breath away.’
He left us all far too soon!