ROCK CREEK - Bryan Dean Steinberg, 34, of Rock Creek, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2006, at his home of natural causes.
Bryan was born July 6, 1971, and raised in the Rock Creek Valley, which he held so dear to his heart. He was an only son, brother to two sisters and father of two daughters.
After attending Clinton Elementary School, he graduated from Hellgate High School in 1990. He earned a full-ride football scholarship to the University of Idaho in Moscow where he received a B.S. in psychology in 1995.
A true entrepreneur, Bryan was always on the go from helping run a Mobile Lube oil business to working on the pipeline for several years, traveling around the United States and even spending time on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. He eventually returned to Rock Creek to be close with his family, raise his children and work at the family business.
Bryan loved the outdoors! There was no denying he had a knack for hunting and fishing. He was always in the right place at the right time when hunting and knew exactly what fly to have on to catch bigger and more fish than anyone else. He was a true entertainer and storyteller. We enjoyed being a part of his experiences through his exuberant personality.
Bryan was a true kid at heart. He was always ready for an adventure, from the countless float trips down Rock Creek, to fishing below Fredie's with Grandma Doris, to numerous forts built up and down the valley, to corn patch football games. He was always ready, wanting to have fun, and included everyone.
Bryan loved to challenge his daughter Emilee on her vocabulary and spelling skills. He was especially proud of her. She knew he was the "Best Daddy Ever."
He was large in stature, with a quick smile and a huge heart. With Bryan, you always knew he genuinely cared about you and his family, especially his two beautiful little girls. He was a true romantic and loved all the finer things in life. He loved all his family without a doubt, and we will forever love him. Bryan was kind and will undoubtedly be missed by all.
Bryan is survived by his two precious little girls, Emilee Grace and Kaelyn Amelia; his loving wife and mother of his children, Heather; parents, Darrel and Carol Steinberg; grandmother, Doris Ekstrom; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jaime and Greg Robison and Holly and Rob LaBair; aunts and uncles, Danny and Lauretta Ekstrom, Jimmy and Lee Steinberg, Kay and Roy Hughes, Carrel and Dick Hughes and Sadie Steinberg; and many, many cousins.
Bryan was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather, Jim Ekstrom; his grandmother, Lena Steinberg; his precious baby nephew, Dawson LaBair; and aunt and uncles, Andy and Jackie Steinberg and Bob Steinberg.
To honor Bryan's life, an educational trust fund has been set up for his daughters at Montana First Credit Union, 2330 S. Reserve St. Missoula, MT 59801.
Memorial services will be held at the home of Grandma Doris Ekstrom on the banks of Rock Creek at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13.
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