Stephen Adamson

Stephen Adamson was known for prowess in the mountains.

Wilson resident Stephen Perrow Adamson Jr. died May 19 in Idaho Falls from injuries suffered in a ski mountaineering accident on Mount Moran in the Teton Range. He was 42. His family provided the following.

Stephen was born in Richmond, Virginia, on May 6, 1973, the first of three children of Frances Shetter Adamson and Stephen Perrow Adamson. When Stephen was 7 his father died suddenly, an event that defined the way Stephen lived — as if each day were going to be his last. Four years later his mother married Frederic Scott Reed, who became a beloved father and mentor to Stephen and whose three children became his siblings.

Stephen attended Collegiate School and graduated from Gettysburg College in 1996. He attended Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Kelly as a teenager.

After college he spent a summer working at the A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, followed by a year as a ski instructor and fly-fishing guide in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Stephen returned in 1998 to Richmond, where he became vice president of operations at Davenport & Co. He was president of the Quoit Club and served on the junior board of the Historic Richmond Foundation and on the board of the Peter Paul Development Center. During these years he could be found kayaking the James River, fishing around Mosquito Creek or hunting in Virginia’s marshes and woods.

Stephen attended law school at the University of Montana, graduating in 2008. In 2006 he married Sara Elizabeth Scott. Since 2008 he had lived in Jackson Hole, where he was an attorney in estate and business planning at Gonnella Adamson PC. He was a member of the boards of the Center for the Arts, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Search and Rescue.

Stephen was admired in the valley not just for his competence and kindness with clients and friends but also for his athletic prowess, courage and preparedness in the mountains. He had found a soulmate in his frequent adventure partner, Luke Manger Lynch, who died in the same accident.

Stephen was a devoted and proud father to his two young daughters and loved seeing them growing into strong, smart, adventurous girls. He spent many days with them skiing, fishing, hunting and hiking, introducing them to the life he loved in the outdoors.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Sara; his two daughters, Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott Adamson, 4, and Margaret Lewis Adamson, 2; his mother, Frances Shetter Adamson Reed; his siblings Benjamin K. (Emilee) Adamson and Frances Farrow (Kent Carter) Adamson; his step-siblings Louise W. Reed, Alice R. (Peter) Keating and F. Scott (Anna) Reed; many nieces and nephews; and an enormous extended family.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Stephen P. Adamson Jr. Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, PO Box 574, Jackson, WY 83001.

A memorial service was held May 25 in Jackson, and a service for family and friends in Virginia will be held at a later date.

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