Stephen Brent Strand, 60, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, with his loving wife by his side.
He was born Jan. 2, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., to Harold Dean Strand and Joanne L. Remsburg Strand. He grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1971, where he competed in tennis, track, and cross country, Ski Club and IF Club.
In 1971, he married Cindy Catmull, with whom he had two children, Maegan and Christian. They later divorced.
Brent served in the U.S. Air Force as a warehouseman from 1971 to 1989, having earned the rank of sergeant. He served two deployments to Seoul, South Korea, during the Vietnam War and worked at Malmstrom, Hill and Eielson Air Force bases in Montana, Utah and Alaska, respectively.
After serving in the military, he worked mostly in housing construction for Mickleson Marble, Silver Creek Construction and building roads for HK Construction. Later, he worked for Idaho National Laboratory, performing deconstruction on decommissioned nuclear facilities.
In 1997, he married Allason Ford Smith. They enjoyed playing darts and traveling to visit family around the country. They loved the thrill of riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles with friends and found a welcoming home within the local biker community.
Brent was creative and artistic and enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He was a formidable golfer who could drive a ball 400 yards and consistently shoot par scores.
He helped others, and was very friendly and energetic. He had a knack for making people laugh, could 'tell a yarn' and was known to occasionally 'burn the candle at both ends.' He will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched and inspired.
Brent is survived by his wife, Allason of Idaho Falls; sisters, Dena (Brent) Rowe and Terri Jo (Terry) Roberts of Idaho Falls; brother, Bradley John Strand of Twin Falls; daughter, Maegan Monique (Nate) Peck of Sandy, Utah; son, Christian Strand of Ogden, Utah; grandson, Zachary "Bam Bam" Peck; stepchildren, Beverly (Vince) van Joolen of Severna Park, Md., Jacqueline K. Hill of Lewisville and Jeffery F.M. (Marla) Hill of Coeur d'Alene; mother-in-law, Marjorie B. Smith of Rexburg; and seven step-grandchildren, Adam and Nic Croft, Skylar and Bronwyn van Joolen, Alaire Hill and Mekenzie and Kennedy Hill; and four great-grandchildren, Kiara, Josh and Andrew Croft and Reagan Croft.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Lewisville 1st Ward chapel in Lewisville, Idaho, with internment in Sutton Cemetary in Archer. The viewing will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby. The family will meet with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Valor House, which provides housing for homeless veterans. An account will be set up for this purpose at Westmark Credit Union in Brent's honor.