1913-2014 Steve passed away at Luther Park in Sandpoint, Idaho on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He was born March 24, 1913 in Marysville, Washington to Stephen Saunders and Mary Elizabeth Swinnerton Saunders. Steve was the youngest of five sons and a descendent of the earliest pioneer families in Marysville. Steve's grandfather Swinnerton was the first mayor of Marysville. After graduation from Marysville High School in 1931, Steve attended Washington State University and graduated with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a manager of the football team. At WSC (now WSU) Steve made many life-long friends. He remained an enthusiastic Cougar fan his entire life. His first job after college was as a shorthand secretary in the Everett Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. Shortly after starting this job his older brother died of a heart attack and Steve joined his father in the family real estate business for the Marysville/Everett area. In 1938 Steve joined the Naval reserves. On December 7, 1941 Steve and his future business partner, Dan Duryee Jr., were issued guns and told to protect Colby Avenue from Everett Ave to Hewitt Ave. Neither had weapons training. As WWII loomed Steve received orders in 1941 to report for active duty in San Diego to train to be a ship's store keeper. He served aboard the USS Pathfinder on its maiden voyage with vessel orders to map and survey harbors in the South Pacific islands for potential amphibious operations. Christmas was spent at Funa Futi in the Ellis Island Group. From there the Pathfinder arrived at Guadacanal just in time to experience heavy bombing. Later in the war, Steve was selected for naval officers' school at Harvard. Prior to the armistice he had a two year assignment as the supply officer of a construction battalion in Okinawa. He talked little about the war but he did keep a diary during his time of service. He attended the inauguration of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D. C. on May 29, 2004. After the war Steve returned to Everett where he and Dan Duryee Jr. continued the work of their fathers (Stephen and Dan Sr., respectively). They specialized in developing residential subdivisions in Snohomish and Island County. Steve and Dan's partnership was a special lifelong friendship as well as a business. One night as a dinner guest with the Oftebro family, Steve met a boarder and kindergarten teacher named Josephine Jeffers. After a short courtship Steve and Jo were married in 1949 by Jo's father, the Honorable Clyde Jeffers, Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. Steve and Jo loved to travel, spend time with their family, and visit their cabin on Camano Island, Wash. Steve was reserved and modest in his love for the people of Snohomish County but his actions were not. His passion was helping in the improvement of life for the community of Everett and encouraging others in community service. He served on the boards of many community organizations with enthusiasm. Steve was preceded in death this year by both his wife of 64 years, Josephine, and also a son, Michael. Steve is survived by daughter, Mary Snedden (Dr. John) of Sandpoint, Idaho, and six grandchildren: Stephen Snedden of Sandpoint; Anna Smith (Peter) of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Erika Sargent (Ryan) of Oceanside, Calif.; Sarah Anaya of Austin, Texas; Marissa Schuh (Troy); and Michael Saunders, Jr. of Montana. In addition, Steve is survived by nine great-grandchildren. In March of 2013 Steve celebrated his 100 year birthday with friends and family in Southern California. The day before his 100th he golfed nine holes and scored two pars. There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Josephine and Steve at First Presbyterian Church in Everett on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. Two lives well lived. Go Cougs!