“Taper Steve” B. Reynolds died in the early morning hours of March 29. He was 76. The following was provided by his family.
Steve was born in Sacramento, California, to Lillie and Bronte Reynolds on Jan. 13, 1945.
In 1965 Steve received his journeyman’s certificate for drywall taping.
In 1969 he moved to the Hawaiian Islands, living on Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island. He met his wife, Mary, on the Big Island in 1983. They stayed in the islands for five years, until returning to the mainland in 1988.
Living in Shingle Springs, California, Steve continued his taping career.
In the late 1990s he and Mary slowly started moving north, living a short time in Silver Lake, California, and Bozeman, Montana. They settled in Victor, Idaho, in 2006.
Steve quickly became well known for his taping skills locally in Teton Valley, Idaho, as well as Jackson Hole.
Though he worked under a company name he was referred to as “Taper Steve.”
Work was his priority. He loved meeting new people and listening to the life stories of his diverse clientele. It was hard to get him to travel, but if it included work he would travel anywhere. One job took him as far as the Dakotas.
When Steve was not hard at work he loved fishing and gardening. When finding new places to live, one requirement was a good fishing hole. He found the short gardening season of Teton Valley frustrating and spoke of moving to a lower elevation.
He eventually discovered how well apple trees grew on their property and proceeded to plant no less than 50 trees, in three varieties. As he aged his ability to get out and fish waned, but he found solace in his apple trees.
A lover of live music, he enjoyed attending the local Bluegrass Festival, Fox Creek Fandango and Music on Main.
In the summer afternoons you could find him among his trees drinking his gin and juice or a cold beer.
Taping circles around the younger generation, Steve worked up until a month before his sudden passing.
Steve is survived by his wife, Mary Larsen-Reynolds; siblings Don Reynolds and Patty Herrera; children Keiko Honda, Cody Reynolds, Roy Oletye and Shoshoni Despain; and grandchildren Nyle, Austin, Hunter, Willow and Tristan. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Mia and Amelia.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be dearly missed.
An open memorial will be held among his apple trees on Saturday, May 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. A potluck and open-mic memory sharing will be held afterward from 6 to 7 p.m. If staying for the potluck, please bring your favorite dish to share.
If you are attending the memorial or sending flowers, the address is 5350 S. 500 W. Victor, Idaho 83455.
We understand the weather of Teton Valley is unpredictable. If weather becomes unpleasant the memorial will be moved inside at the same location.
Condolences may be sent to the family at ValleyMortuaryDriggs.com.