Friends, family gather on first tee at Glenwood Springs Golf Club |

Friends, family gather on first tee at Glenwood Springs Golf Club

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” In the game of golf there is no going backward, there is only moving forward. That was Steve Lundin’s philosophy on the game. And his life paralleled it to a T.

More than 300 family members and friends gathered at the freshly cut tee box on hole No. 1 at Glenwood Springs Golf Club Monday morning to pay their final respects to Lundin. There were no birdie putts or bad lies. Instead, the grass was cut just for Steve. The sun warmed the shoulders of Steve’s wife, Debbie; his kids, Jennica, Rebecca and Eric; his brothers Fritz Jr., Kurt and Gus; his sister Patti; his stepmom Cindy; and his many friends, one last reminder of his firm embrace.

Smiles overpowered tears. Laughter ruled over cries.

“This is going to be a celebration,” said lifelong friend and Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson as the ceremony began. “It’s going to brief. There will only be a few speakers and then we are going to eat, drink and laugh. Steve never whined, he lived. This is about moving forward. He didn’t have a reverse. And we are going to move forward, too.”

Steve Lundin passed away on June 23 from colon cancer. He was 49 years old. And in the words of another of his closest friends, Bryan Avery, Lundin set the rules on how to live.

“He truly lived life to the fullest,” Avery said. “He lived life on his terms.”

Lundin was born on March 2, 1959. He moved to Glenwood after his father, Fritz Lundin Sr., retired from military service. He graduated from Glenwood Springs High School, where he was an accomplished athlete in several sports, including football, basketball, track and swimming. Living in western Colorado, he enjoyed the outdoors as well. Many recalled memories of sailing, hunting, camping, Jeeping and ” most of all ” laughing with Steve.

And just as Lundin lived his life, always going forward, those who knew him best took a step forward in their lives as they remembered what Steve Lundin meant to each one of them and the impact he had on this community. It was a brief and a casual ceremony. Black was not the predominant color, but golf attire and flip flops were prevalent, including Hawaiian-patterned shirts and shorts. Fitting for the man that lived the way he played ” casual and always moving forward.

“Debbie, his family and I talked about where we would hold the service,” Wilson said. “We decided to do it at the golf course. And why? He loved it here.”

Wilson grabbed a pine-green divot bucket commonly seen on any tee box at most golf courses filled with sand to fill in divots. Wilson placed it on the altar that replaced the tee markers.

“We spent some quality time and some really, really, really long days here, so we didn’t see any reason he ought to leave,” Wilson said as he scooped up some sand, jokingly, and motioned to scatter it on the first tee as if it were Steve’s ashes.

But he stopped, and with a grin returned to face the crowd.

“No, we didn’t do that,” he said. The crowd laughed.

“But when you’re out here, any time you hit into a divot just think of him every time you sprinkle a little sand in,” Wilson said to the now quiet, but smiling, attendees.

It’s just the way Steve would have wanted the day to be, filled with joy and still making people smile.

“This is reminiscent of how he lived life,” said Debbie Lundin after the ceremony. “He loved life and he loved to live. His family and friends meant everything to him.”

But even on a day as beautiful as it was, some tears were shed as well.

His eldest brother, Fritz Lundin Jr., approached the podium and held back his emotions as he took the microphone in hand. The quiet crowd awaiting his words.

“I don’t have a speech prepared,” he admitted. “I thought I’d get up here and speak from the heart. Steve was a rock. A big rock. He lived life to the fullest, and I hope that all who knew him take something out of this and try to do the same. Don’t waste anything.”

Keep moving forward; life has no reverse.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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