Steven William Pettit

January 19, 1944 - November 24, 2011 

Steven William Pettit

January 19, 1944 - November 24, 2011 

Obituary for Steven William Pettit

Steven William Pettit 67, of Boulder, Colorado, born to Clarence and Virginia Pettit in Richmond, CA on January 19, 1944, preceded in death by sister Meredith Taylor, passed away peacefully at his home on November 24, 2011, surrounded by his family. Steve was a beloved husband to Jan, dad to Tracy (Archie) and Eric and Papa to Cameron. He was also son-in-law to Bob and Betty, brother-in-law to Pam, Wayne and Robin, uncle to Nikki, Jenni, Keith, Lori and Lisa, great-uncle to Dylan, Austin, Brandon, Victor and Danny and a wonderful, caring friend to many. Steve attended Englewood High School in Englewood, CO. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1969 and the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in 1973. His career began in 1966 when he went to work for the Comptroller of the Currency, moving up quickly to deputy regional administrator. In 1980 he was one of 22 executives nation-wide, chosen to participate in a Congressional Fellowship program. He spent six months in Washington DC working with a senator and House member for the Senate Banking Committee. In 1982 he joined Colorado National Bankshares serving as senior vice president, as well as president, regional manager and chairman of the board of four subsidiary banks. In 1992 Steve went to work for Community Financial, Inc. as executive vice president and was also president of the Bank of Cherry Creek. He became a real estate broker/investor in 1994, then on to become senior vice president and director for First United Bank in 1996. In 2001, Steve founded Colorado Benchmark Properties, brokering commercial and construction loans. He was involved in many community activities including a term as chairman of the Colorado Public Expenditure Council and the Private Industry Council. He served as vice chairman for the United Way, director for the YMCA, fund drive chairman for the Boy Scouts, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to slow his pace and spend more time with his family, Steve went to work as a commercial loan officer for Liberty Savings Bank in 2002, finally retiring in 2010. He left with a reputation of fairness and integrity in all of his business dealings, earning the respect of many throughout his career. Steve loved nature and the outdoors and was an avid jogger for most of his life, participating in the Bolder Boulder for many years. He was a dedicated and passionate golfer, enjoying many rounds with Travis and life-long friend Bill. Steve had a tremendous sense of humor and a sharp wit. He was known for his positive attitude, and could usually be heard whistling a tune as he came in the door from work. He took great joy in music, valued education and was an ardent reader. Steve was erudite and introspective. He became the center of the family; his wise, solid advice was sought often and he was always the first to help someone in need. He was altruistic and compassionate, constant and generous with many charities, and appreciative and grateful for everything he had. Steve was foremost a wonderful and loving husband and family man. The source of his greatest happiness was his 45 year marriage to his wife Jan. Many times he spoke of how lucky he felt to have her, saying that she had the kindest heart of anyone he had ever known. They loved traveling, especially fall trips to Rhode Island and to Ogunquit, Maine which was his favorite place. They treasured their time together, whether eating out, mountain hikes or just reading the paper together and taking walks. He had immense pride in his children, Tracy and Eric, boasting often about their character and accomplishments. His first concern was always their well-being and happiness. Some of his favorite things were: having popcorn at the the movies, the ocean, playing chess with friends, games with family, and Thanksgiving. He had a special bond and place in his heart for his grandson Cameron. He looked forward to the adventures they shared, whether it be fishing, nature walks, mini golf or shooting baskets. He was so proud of him. We will talk about you often, remember you with love and miss you everyday Steve, husband, Dad, Papa and friend.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, December 3 at the Rundus Funeral Home in Broomfield, Colorado, followed by a reception at the Pettit home in Boulder. To view service information or leave a condolence or memory, please visit Rundus.com. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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