On September 4, 2016 Steve’s ordeal with ALS ended suddenly yet peacefully in the company of his wife, sister and daughter. He recently celebrated his 75th birthday, and his 50th wedding anniversary. Stephen Clark Lieberman was born August 15th, 1941 in Zurich, Switzerland. He moved with his family to this country right after WWII when he was five years old.

Steve grew up in Mill Valley, California, graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.. During the summers, he worked for the US Forest Service in the ? National Forest. After college, he joined the Peace Corps and met his future wife, Tamara Marte, during their training in Carbondale, Illinois. He spent two years in Niger, West Africa. Upon return to the States he and Tamara married and he earned a law degree from Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley.

After a few years managing Peace Corps training projects he joined a Washington, DC law firm where he became grounded in business law. The eastern establishment was not his cup of tea so he decided to hang out his shingle in Truckee, CA in 1975. His parent’s summer cabin in Serene Lakes on Donner Summit became a permanent home where Steve and Tamara raised three children.

During those years he was active on Donner Summit and in Truckee. He was an early member of the Donner Summit Volunteer Fire Department and was its Chief for a few years in the 80’s. As a founding member of the Sunrise Rotary Club he spearheaded fundraisers, helped send funds to well digging projects in Niger and learned to flip pancakes and fry eggs at the Senior Breakfasts. He served as his club’s president and was a long time board member.

Steve worked at Sugar Bowl as a part time professional ski patrolman where his favorite activity was avalanche control. He was also trained as an EMT-II, or a “poor man’s medic” as he called himself, through an experimental program to get paramedical services to rural areas implemented through Tahoe Forest Hospital.

In the 1990’s. After achieving many wildland fire fighting certifications, he served on the Sierra Front Type II Incident Management Team as Safety Officer .After a period of partnership with local attorney, Morgan Jones, Steve found a home at the Law Offices of Porter Simon where he practiced law until his retirement in 2014. He also represented many local ski resorts and fire departments in legal matters.,

In 2011, after 37 years on the rock, the snow on Donner Summit got to be too much, so he and Tamara moved to Jack’s Valley, Nevada.

Steve is survived by his sister Margot, his wife, Tamara, a daughter Nicole (Shane Ryerson), two sons, Eric (Gail) and Josh (Shelly), and grandchildren, Sasha Olson (Josh), Lauren Huseby, Shayna, Cole, Luke and Lyla and a great grandson, Ben Olson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sali and Jean Lieberman.

An open house was held in Steve’s honor on September 11 at his home.

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