After that Steve showed up form time to time on trips I led. I remember two specifically--one was to the Salt Lake International Center to look for migrants in 2008. I touted how great the SLIC was and we had 20+ people show up to go birding there. By mornings end we had seen maybe 10 bird comprised of 3 or 4 species--it was a spectacular flop, but even at the end when we took a group picture, Steve was still smiling.
The other trip was an owling trip in East Canyon the same year. As our group walked up the road int he dark an owl started calling very close up in the woods. In the excitement as I found the bird, Steve was making his way over and took a tumble. He got right back on his feet, excited about the great looks we had. That night our group had 10 Flammulated Owls, and 3 other species--one of the best owling trips I've had.
I know that Steve will be greatly missed in the birding community. The last time I saw him was just a couple weeks ago, and he was busy scanning a flock of Horned Larks looking for a Snow Bunting or Lapland Longspur. I wish I would have stopped to say Hi one more time--the last time I recall seeing him before that was looking at the Red-throated Loon at Lee Kay Ponds last spring. Steve was always out chasing those few birds he hadn't see in Utah. I'm glad he got the Streak-backed Oriole--one helluva bird to top of your Utah Life List.
Rest in Peace Steve, and thank you for everything you did for the birding community in Utah.