Stewart (Steve) Caldwell Stephens Jr., 88, of Fairbanks, passed away at home Aug. 21, surrounded by his loving family.
Stephens arrived in Fairbanks in March 1952 with his cousin, who had been working in Alaska territory for a year and convinced him to drive up the Alaska Highway with him. He had no intention of staying until he met his future wife, Laura (Babe). His first job in Fairbanks was with Michael Baker Engineering, where he worked as a surveyor party chief. Then went on to work for Peter Kiewit Sons, which is now one of North America’s largest construction and engineering firms. Stephens remained with Kiewit for the rest of his career, retiring as Alaska area manager in 1987.
Stephens proudly served as president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska in 1974 and 1975. In 1977 he earned the AGC of Alaska Hard Hat Award, the association’s most prestigious award, given to individuals who have used their career to better their industry and community. Stephens was a true Southern gentleman at heart and will be missed dearly by all who knew him. He was a man of few words — but his words were meaningful.