City Treasurer remembered as caring father, outdoor enthusiast
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The wife of longtime City of South Lake Tahoe Treasurer Stephen Wysong remembers her husband as a family man, an animal lover and an avid outdoor enthusiast with a good sense of humor.
Stephen Wysong, 59, died of lung cancer at his home Dec. 9.
His wife, Robyn Wysong, was by his side.
“Stephen was the type of person anyone would endeavor to be,” Robyn Wysong said in a phone interview Monday. “He was the most wonderful human being I’ve met in my entire life.”
Wysong was born in South Gate, Calif. on April 28, 1950 and was raised in nearby Paramount, Calif., said sister-in-law Charlene Wysong on Tuesday. Stephen Wysong attended California State University, Fullerton and graduated with a degree in anthropology.
Although he once had dreams of becoming a forest ranger, Stephen Wysong was recruited by the Internal Revenue Service after graduation and became trained as a certified public accountant, Robyn Wysong said.
He lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to South Lake Tahoe in the late 1970s and worked as a certified public accountant. He was elected as the city’s treasurer in 1990.
He fell in love with living at Lake Tahoe, Robyn Wysong said.
Wysong enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing, boating, hiking and camping. He was up for “anything, basically, that we could do outside with our dogs,” Robyn Wysong said.
Although he never smoked, doctors diagnosed Stephen Wysong with non-small cell lung cancer on Aug. 27, 2008, Wysong said.
Following the diagnosis, Robyn and Stephen went on a camping trip to a favorite spot near Blue Lake.
On that camping trip, Wysong told his wife that he was blessed and he didn’t have anything to complain about, Robyn Wysong said. He said just wanted more time with his wife and children.
Stephen Wysong has two children from a previous marriage, Andrew, 24 and Kelly, 22. Both graduated as valedictorians from South Tahoe High School and then graduated from UC Berkeley. They are both pursuing graduate studies.
“(Stephen) was amazing. He made it through the chemo with a good sense of humor and kept up his spirits,” Wysong said. “And even when he was put on oxygen 24/7 near the end of September, we still took relatives to see Yosemite.”
“Cancer didn’t slow him down at all,” she added.
Stephen Wysong took care of city business and maintained his sense of humor until the end, Robyn Wysong said. He was still joking with his wife only hours before he died.
Stephen Wysong previously served as the president of Tahoe Youth and Family Services and the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe. He also volunteered his time to youth soccer and the Tahoe Arts Project.
“He wouldn’t want people to be grieving for him,” Robyn Wysong said. “He’d understand shedding a few tears, but his life was all about living life to the fullest and being happy and that’s what he would want everyone to be doing.”
A celebration in memory of Stephen Wysong is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course.
“We’d really like people to come out and celebrate his life,” Robyn Wysong said.
Funeral services are being handled privately, Robyn Wysong said.
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