Longtime Jackson Hole resident Bruce Stevens died Sept. 21 in San Diego. His family provided the following.
Bruce died peacefully under hospice care in his daughter Joy’s home one day short of his 85th birthday. Bruce spent his last five and a half years in San Diego, where he was able to celebrate holidays with his children and grandchildren.
Bruce previously lived in Wilson in the cabin he helped build 27 years ago in Butler Creek.
Born in Ithaca, New York, Bruce got his degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, and worked at Kodak in Rochester, New York, Acme Electric in Allegany, New York, and Becton-Dickinson in Salt Lake City.
Bruce served as a Navy officer for four years as part of his ROTC program.
He was married to the late Irene Stevens and later remarried to Pat Wolfer Stevens, who resided in Jackson Hole with him until her death in 2001.
In 1961 he cofounded Holimont, a private ski resort in Ellicotville, New York, where he taught his three children to ski.
A lover of the outdoors, he was an avid downhill and cross-country skier, boatman, fly-fisherman, bird watcher and supporter of The Yellowstone Institute. He was a regular Sunday dancer at the Stagecoach and a fan of the Hootenanny at Dornan’s.
Among his favorite trips were three journeys to Alaska for salmon fishing with special friends. In the past few years, he visited Yosemite and Grand Canyon national parks, destinations on his bucket list.
He is survived by his three children — Christine Stevens, of Jackson Hole; Joy Cook, of San Diego; and Owen Stevens, of Fontana, California — as well as five grandchildren: Ellie, Phillip, Maxwell, Caden and Keira.