Stephen (“Steve” or “Butch”) Boyer Reynolds III, 82, of Apache Junction, AZ, died on, June 23, 2020. The official word is that he passed of natural causes. However, there are unconfirmed rumors that his passing could be related to the stash of gold which Steve said, “is buried under a big rock near the spot with the tall Saguaro and old Palo Verde tree.”
Born June 13, 1938, in Newark, NJ, Steve was the son of the late Stephen Boyer Reynolds Jr. and Kathleen Patricia (Smith) Reynolds.
His early years were spent in New Jersey before the family moved to Rhode Island.
After graduating from East Providence High School in 1958, he joined the Air Force and served from 1959-1967. He spent most of his time stationed overseas working as an avionics technician in airborne reconnaissance with the 7406th Support Squadron.
In 1967, he moved to Apache Junction where he resided until his death.
Steve enjoyed astronomy, skygazing, and photographing his beloved Arizona desert. He was known for having ideas on many things, and he was rarely short on having something to say. Whatever it is you believed - he was usually quick to believe the opposite. He loved to wisecrack, and he was a character not easily forgotten by those he met. He particularly enjoyed his many conversations over the years with friends from the coffee table.
Steve is survived by the mother of his children, Barbara Reynolds, of Mesa, AZ; his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Chet Cameron of Mill Valley, CA; son, Michael Geving of Mesa, AZ; son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Melissa Reynolds of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Nancy Barrett of Scottsdale, AZ; niece, Beth Malvestiti of Scottsdale, AZ; and granddaughter, Ireland Cameron.
“You will be missed by many. We love you more.”
Keeping with his belief that everything can be re-purposed, Steve donated his body to the University of Arizona in the advancement of science. No services are planned. A private memorial will be held by the family at a future date.
In lieu of flowers and to celebrate Steve’s life, please donate in his honor to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum at www.btarboretum.org.