The Rev. Canon (ret) Steven C. Andersen passed away suddenly in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico on Friday, July 1, 2022. Steve was born on May 15, 1956 to Keith C. Andersen and LaVerne Shawver Andersen. He was raised and educated in Shoshone, Idaho and attended college at Idaho State University and later graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business.
Steve began his career path in the financial industry in Idaho and Utah working for credit unions primarily. He served as CEO to three credit unions in Utah and a stint with the Utah Credit Union League as a financial consultant. He had a very gifted financial mind and later extended his talents as the CFO for the Episcopal Diocese of Utah which led him to retirement a year ago. He also served on the board of Trustees for Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City, was assisting priest for All Saints Episcopal church (SLC) as well as Episcopal Church of the Ressurection in Centerville, UT.
Steve had a gift for speaking and his sermons were very well regarded. He recently published a book of his sermons called "Sunday Sermons."
In his personal life, he met and married Annette Olsen (Orem) in 1977. They lived in Boise, ID for a year and moved to Utah where they lived in Salt Lake City and eventually settled in Centerville. In 1991 their lives were blessed with the arrival of their only child, a beautiful daughter, Amy. Steve doted on Amy and when she was in preschool and elementary school, he would take lunch (Happy Meals) to her once a week. This caused the other kids to beg for french fries. Steve and Annette amiably divorced in 2015. He then met and married Myrt (Marilyn) McCusker in 2017 in Salt Lake and they began their lives together. After he and Myrt retired, they moved to Puerta Vallarta to enjoy sun drenched beaches and beautiful sunsets. Myrt was a blessing in Steve's life.
He enjoyed life and loved playing his guitar and attending music events, especially small venue and "back yard" musicians. He enjoyed trips to Wendover and Las Vegas making his semi annual contributions to their local economies. He could swing a pretty decent golf club, but liked the 19th hole the best. He made the best homemade biscuits and smoked meats. Loved fast cars as is evident when he bought his Dodge Stealth and his Ford Mustang. He would taunt the local Centerville police by revving the engine at stop signs then peeling out but NEVER exceeded the speed limit, which drove them nuts. They followed him home a lot.
Other than his numerous friends and acquaintences, Steve is survived by his loving wife, Myrt (Puerta Vallarta); his daughter, Amy (Tom) Andersen of Salt Lake City; his brother, Mike Andersen, Salmon, ID; his sister, Patricia Haack, Jerome, ID and his former wife Annette (Mark) Elmer, Loa, UT. He is also survived by his step children (grandchildren) - Christy Wagner (Hayden Wagner, Kas Wagner); Lexy Whimpey (Otto Willoughby); Molly Whimpey (Gibson Whimpey; plus numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and LaVerne Andersen, grandparents, several aunts, uncles and friends and his beloved dog Milly.
Services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City. Steve was cremated and his remains will be interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City. Come as you are! Steve would want everyone to be cool and comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve's name can be made to the Road Home and The Christmas Box House or any charity of your choosing.
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Steve, what a difference you’ve made for thousands of people in the course of business, and because of your love of music, and in your religious and spiritual life! You have a positive, synergistic relationship with everyone whose orbit intersects with yours. You have a special touch with people, a way of listening, an acceptance of those who are well known, those less well known, and, most importantly, to those who’ve felt they’re living in darkness, unseen, unheard. To them, you’re like the sun rising. To everyone, you bring the light.
To Myrt, you bring the joy of discovery, adventure, understanding, and love. With Myrt, the blessed effect of your life is widened exponentially.
Though your physical body is no longer animated by your spirit, that spirit is, and will be forever, alive by your soul which consciously guided and developed it.
Father Steve was the epitome of the original good guy. Always there for so many, always there and on task for whatever you needed with care, acumen, perception, and humor. A Pastor, a preacher an ideal friend and mentor. I have fond memories of you Esteban, so grateful to have spent some quality time with you. Peace out, my brother.
Steve was an awesome person and great friend.
We had a lot of laughs at the SD group we were both involved in in SLC.
He was always there to help, give advice or whatever he could do to make the person feel better.
He will be sorely missed by so many but we all know where he is and he’ll be there waiting for us all.
Steve was a true character! I had met on a few occasions as we attended live local music in Salt Lake. I got to know him better when he started coming to get togethers we called “Guitarrin” where a bunch of us, with little musical talent, but, tons of enthusiasm, would share music, food and laughs. Then the pandemic hit. We were all isolated and decided we needed to do a weekly zoom call not to lose touch. Steve always attended. We had a recent get together to make music on Memorial Day weekend just before Myrt and Steve returned to Mexico. Steve knew we were mostly atheists in this rag tag group, but, he never tried to convert us. His God and his religion was his own. That made me respect him more. We will not forget you, Steve!