Forever in our hearts. May you rest in peace.
John Philip Steinman, age 82, of Carson City and Dayton, Nevada died on Monday, April 15 at the home of his daughter and son-in law, Joan Steinman and David Salls.
Mr. Steinman is survived by his children Jon Steinman (G’nesa Navarro) and Joan Steinman (David Salls); grandchildren Jessica Haley (Mitchell), Mark Steinman (Kelli Cowden), Tasman Loustalet and Camille Loustalet; and great grandchildren Rian and Leland Haley and Kaleb Steinman. He also leaves behind the two-eyed cat and his share of the brown hiking dog. John was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
John was born in Los Angeles County on July 6, 1936 to Leland and Edith (Whitford) Steinman. He skipped a grade in elementary school and graduated from Folsom High School at the age of 16 in 1953. While in high school, John went by his middle name, Phil and his nickname “Rabbit.” He lettered in track and basketball and was Captain of the track team in 1951, 1952 and 1953. John attended Sierra Junior College for a year before joining the US Air Force. John earned an Associate of Arts Degree from American River Junior College in 1961 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Southern Oregon College in 1974. He married Jeanne Sanford on March 11, 1961; although they later divorced, John and Jeanne remained friends. The family moved to Carson City, Nevada in 1964 when he went to work for the State of Nevada Employment Security Department. Not one to stay any place for too long, John lived and worked in Oregon, Alaska, California, and Utah. However, he always returned to Northern Nevada.
John will be remembered for his wisdom, generosity and kindness. He approached life with a sense of humor and a taste for adventure. John was known by some as the “Road Warrior” for his driving escapades. Bella Coola, British Columbia was one of his favorite destinations. He shared his most harrowing driving adventure with his best friend, John Gaskill. At aged 18, in the middle of winter, they drove a drafty Jeep with an inadequate heater to Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.
John was a pole vault aficionado who, at the age of 79, was the US Senior Champion for his age group. John coached Pole Vault until he was 80 years old – first at Tulelake High School in California and then at Douglas High School in Nevada. John was a positive force in the lives of many of the kids he coached. He demonstrated an admirable work ethic, persistence in the pursuit of goals, and an incredibly positive attitude in the face of adversity. He continued to vault even after a heart attack and a hip replacement!
John loved the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the gold country of the California foothills. He would often head to the mountains or “over the hill.” He enjoyed hiking and fly fishing – especially in pursuit of golden trout in obscure lakes off the beaten path. He was a great organizer of hikes and excelled at plotting routes with no backtracking on the return.
Were John to have had a motto by which he led his life, this quote by Robert Baden-Powell would very nearly capture it:
“Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”