Stephen Francis Whisenand Jr.

Stephen Francis Whisenand Jr.

Jackson Hole resident Stephen Francis Whisenand Jr. died unexpectedly April 13 while mountain biking in Washington County, Utah. He was 58.

His family provided the following.

Stephen was born in Richmond, Virginia, on Feb. 22, 1962. In 1963 his family moved to Syracuse, New York, where he grew up and attended local schools. Steve graduated from the Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, and from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, after spending his junior year abroad at the University of North Wales.

After college Steve moved West, where he lived for many years in Hoback. He had a varied and active career working as the teen program coordinator at Teton County Library, operating a framing and shipping business, guiding fly-fishing trips on the Snake River and serving on avalanche ski patrol in Jackson Hole.

A lifelong outdoor sports enthusiast, Steve actively pursued and achieved great skill in fly-fishing, skiing, mountain biking and long-distance hiking. In recent years he achieved the hiking Triple Crown completing through-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, the three most prominent long hikes in the country, requiring hiking nearly 8,000 miles across 22 states. He was happiest when pushing himself to his physical limits in the great outdoors, and his enthusiasm and joy were infectious.

Steve was predeceased by his father, Stephen F. Whisenand.

He is survived by his mother, Lucia B. Whisenand, of Syracuse; sister L. Maria Whisenand, of Glen Cove, New York; and sister Sarah Whisenand McDowell, her husband, George McDowell, and their three sons, Sam, Nate, and Simon McDowell, of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

Steve is also survived by his uncle Frank Beadel and aunt Wink, of Thousand Island Park, New York, and their daughters, Samantha and Reid Beadel.

He will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

Contributions in Steve’s name can be made to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, 1331 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833,, or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, 750 S. 5300 W, Hurricane, Utah, 84737.


(2) comments

brian harder

Yeah, Steve was a good guy with a taste for long walks and physical suffering that surpassed most of us. Smart and thoughtful. I've long since left JH but called him friend when I lived there. Sad times for all of us who knew him.

Tom Stanton

He was a great coworker at the Airport Ramp! Sorry he's gone. Glad he lived doing what he wanted to do.

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