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Stephen (Steve) Paul Mead died July 23, 2013 in Pocatello, Idaho. Steve was born in Janesville Wisconsin on Sept. 5, 1949 to George E. and Vivian (Peggy) L. Mead. In his youth he and his older sister Marcia used to cruse the streets of Janesville in pursuit of mischief. After high school, he left home to attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on a tennis scholarship, where he received a triple major in English, History, and Philosophy in 1971. He was a devoted Bucky Badger fan ever since.
After college, Steve spent two years working with disabled youth. This experience forever changed his life and it is those years that he found his life-long ambition to change lives for the better. At the age of 27, Steve's fascination with the Rocky Mountains led him to Pocatello on a whim to pursue his passion for the outdoors. His favorite areas of Idaho include the Tetons, Wildhorse Canyon, and the White Clouds to name a few. He has climbed several hundred mountains throughout the Northwest including Mt. Borah, Idaho's highest peak, more than 15 times.
Steve loved Pocatello but couldn't find a job, so he wrote a grant aimed to help at risk youth. This grant led him to start the Bannock Youth Foundation, which incorporated in 1978. It was in this endeavor that Steve dedicated his life to serving his community, and often quoted John Denver, "I was born in the summer of my 27th year going home to a place I had never been before", when describing how he found his life in Pocatello.
The Bannock Youth Foundation started out as a home for runaway youth and over the past 35 years, 34 of which Steve served as executive director, it has expanded to provide support for sexual abuse victims, teenage mothers, drug abuse prevention and treatment, transitional housing, juvenile probation amongst numerous others. In the winter of 1996 his beloved sister lost her battle with ovarian cancer. After Marcia's death, the Bannock Youth Foundation opened MK Place (Marcia Katuin) in her name. MK Place has become the largest Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment provider in the state of Idaho. In 2010, Steve was chosen as the Best Non-Profit Administrator by the Idaho State Journal.
Steve also had a love for the arts and was an avid writer, photographer, and enjoyed music. He wrote several stories for the Family Living section of the Idaho State Journal and was the cofounder of the Caldera Writers' Community. Steve always had his camera with him from the time he was in college. He eventually started Just Shoot Me Photography where he had pictures of train art, sunsets, wildlife and family portraits.
He married Juli Blythe Hafen, August 13, 1988 and had a beautiful baby girl, Adria Lorraine and later Steve adopted Sarah Grace. Steve became stepfather to Tamzen Macbeth (Wood) and Amanda Mayer (Wood). After 17 years of marriage, Steve and Juli divorced. Steve was a devoted father to his family and shared his passion for athletics, the outdoors and an appreciation for a dry sense of humor to his children. In 2007 he married Jennifer Carlson and they later divorced in 2012.
Steve was preceded in death by his beloved sister Marcia Kay Katuin, and parents George and Peggy. He is survived by daughters Adria and Sarah Mead, his nephew Jeff Katuin, stepdaughters Tamzen Macbeth and Amy Mayer along with many other loving family members including his lifelong friends Rich and Debbie Lareau.
The family is planning a celebration of his life Sunday August 4, 2013 at Scout Mountain from 2 pm to 5 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Bannock Youth Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com.
Cornelison-Henderson Funeral Home
431 N 15Th Ave Pocatello, ID 83201
Published in Idaho State Journal from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2013