Stephen Howard Knowlton, 73, passed away suddenly Dec. 18, 2012, at home in Austin, Texas. Stephen, a successful businessman, be-loved husband and father, was highly regarded by all who knew him and will be sorely missed by his family, friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho, at 11 a.m. Dec. 28, 2012. Burial will follow in the Sweet Cemetery, Sweet, Idaho; to be followed by a luncheon at Cold Mountain Creek Restaurant in Emmett.
Stephen H. Knowlton was born in Emmett, Jan. 3, 1939, a son to Cecil H. Knowlton and Grace Gardner Knowlton both deceased. Stephen attended Sweet Grade School and Emmett High School, graduating in 1957. After receiving an AA from Boise Junior College he graduated the University of Washington
with a B.A. in Accounting. "Go Bronco's!" "Go huskies!" ?
Stephen was married to his high school sweetheart Patti Fulgham in 1959 and celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in November.
Steve served our nation in the Army Reserves, active September 1962 thru March of 1963. After he was released from active duty, he returned to the Army Reserve to complete remaining service obligation of five years and four months.
Among Steve's many achievements include: Passing his Certified Public Accountant examination, joining Price Waterhouse in 1962 and then becoming a partner in 1974. Steve traveled the world over during his career at Price Waterhouse, doing work for major corporations and governments. His credo was: As long as he was having fun and fond of the Price Waterhouse he would continue working there. His travels took him to destinations that included Australia, Russia, Brazil, Europe and Columbia to name a few. He retired under mandatory retirement at age 60 from Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Senior Partner of the Bankruptcy and Litigation Accounting over the United States for PWC.
His retirement included many hobbies and activities such as competitive professional skeet shooting. He won many professional skeet competitions and ranked nationally. His close friend, Richard Haas in Austin, also enjoyed skeet shooting and the two men honed their shooting skill at the local shooting range together. His love for shooting skeet was preceded by his former love of bird hunting. His life-long companions who love to bird hunt with him, Charlie Gill, John Freud, Randy Hansen, his son Derek Knowlton and others. Oh! How could we forget to include his dear K-9 hunting companions: Twin Vizela brothers, Beau and Duke and his most recent favorite companion, Molly. Through his love of bird hunting and prairie dog hunting, he acquired exceptional shooting skills, bar none.
He also enjoyed water and snow sports. He spent the last few years enjoying the time well spent on Johnson Creek with family and friends. He had a fulfilling life and enjoyed whatever he embraced to the fullest. Let's just say that he filled his bucket list but left all of us who loved him so much too soon.
Steve is survived by his loving family, wife of 53 years Patricia Fulgham Knowlton; son, Derek L. Knowlton, daughter-in-law, Rae Knowlton and granddaughter, Marie Gray; sister, Shirley Ann Zenger, her daughters, Stephanie and husband, Dave Bradley and daughter, Sheri Dinges; stepsister, Billie Keuter and husband, Jerry Keuter and their daughter, Valerie and son-in-law, David Lavigne and son, Steve Keuter; stepsister, Sonja Hadley and late husband, Douglas Hadley and son, John Hadley and daughter-in-law, Valerie, daughter, Susan and son, Doug Hadley.
In lieu flowers, you may fulfill his wish for contributions made to the Salvation Army or a charitable contribution of their choice.
Dad really was a picture of the American Dream. He grew up a cowboy, rough neck, logger, losing his parents when he was young. In spite of the challenges, he lived life to its fullest, a wild cry of American freedom and prosperity. He lived as an honest man who believed in the possibilities of everyone, never compromising his principles. Dad was taken from us too soon, but he lived through the best years of America and really had a love for country and family. We can all look to his memory as an example of life's possibilities. Dad was my best friend and the best man I have ever met. We will always love you. Your son, Derek Knowlton.