Steven Craig Beucus
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September 10th was the day our hearts broke when Steve Beucus passed away after contracting and battling a severe systemic sepsis infection for only 4 days. We know he was not ready to leave this life and his loved ones. Steve was extremely fit and strong but the sepsis raged through his body like a wildfire. It was a battle he could not win. Steve will never know just how many lives and hearts he touched and he will always be remembered for his love of life and his wonderful laugh.
Steve was born in San Mateo, CA in 1942. He married Molly (Havens) Beucus in 1964. Son John was born the following year. While living in San Jose, CA he was in the Coast Guard Reserves and was employed, first at Lockheed and later at Sylvania Electronics.
In the early 1970's he and wife Molly purchased and ran an independent pizza parlor for several years before moving to Serene Lakes/ Soda Springs, CA in 1974. During his years on Donner Summit he was a volunteer fireman and volunteer EMT2 and was employed as the General Manager for the Donner Summit Public Utility District and General Manager for Soda Springs Ski Area. As General Manager of the DSPUD he acquired a large government grant for the enlargement and improvement of the PUD and the Fire Station. Steve was very instrumental in working towards and obtaining the grant money necessary to rebuild the historic Donner Summit Bridge on Old Hwy 40. Please think of Steve whenever you see that beautiful old bridge.
In 1990 Steve and Molly moved to Reno, NV where he worked as project manager for Valley Fixtures Woodworks and later for Victory Woodworks. In 2002 Steve reached his goal of retiring at age 60 and spent the last 11 years enjoying his life to the very fullest. He was never bored with retirement.
No one could have loved his family more than Steve and no one could have been more proud of their son. How often can a parent say their adult child is their best friend. Such was the special relationship between Steve and John. Regardless of the age difference the two families camped, traveled, and cruised together many times truly enjoying each other's company, any time, any place.
Wife Molly, son John, and favorite daughter-in-law Gena (as he liked to say) celebrated his life together on the evening of his passing with tropical cocktails (his specialty), Hawaiian shirts, and Jimmy Buffet music. At his request there will be no service.
Darling Steve we will dearly miss your laugh and your smiles. You will be forever in our hearts.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Oct. 6, 2013