Major Stephen “Steve” Myers USAR (ret) |

Major Stephen “Steve” Myers USAR (ret)

Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, raised in Oakland California, Steve was a graduate of the University of California in 1942, just in time for the Second World War. Taking his newly minted diploma Steve served with the 101st Airborne Division over Utah Beach, in the invasion of Europe and over Holland. Transferred to the 501st Parachute Infantry, Steve was just in time to join the division on their now historic engagement at Bastogne, in one of the major battles of Europe, the Battle of the Bulge.

Steve moved to Lake Tahoe in 1947, and built the Tahoe Drive-In Theatre at the same site that Heavenly Village 8 sits today (The first movie Steve played was Flying Down to Rio). Owning the drive-in theater was a summer job for Steve, allowing him in the winter to attend Stanford University, obtaining his Master’s Degree in Business and meeting Jean Thayer, who would become the love of his life and his wife. Jean had never seen it snow before, however with their purchase in 1957 of the Echo Summit Ski Area that would change. In 1962 they cast an even wider business model and began to get involved in retail stores at Stateline as the tourist economy began its golden age boom. In 1970 they sold the ski area and theatre and dove head first into their growing retail business.

Jean Myers died on April 5, 2008 after an impressive career as one of the top architectural glass artist in the world, Steve has now joined his wife, passing away on June 26,2016.

Together they leave a rich legacy for the mountain community they loved for over 50 years. A legacy that will benefit the community of South Lake Tahoe into perpetuity. The Myers Trust, administered on their behalf by the El Dorado Community Foundation, will provide an ongoing financial support for learning and exploration for generations of South Lake Tahoe residents for years to come.

Please join us in celebrating a life well lived.

October 22, 2016 2:00 p.m.

“Chapel of Flowers”

Cherokee Memorial Park

Hwy 99 @ Harney Lane, Lodi California

Please RSVP to or call the El Dorado Community Foundation at 530-622-5621

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