Former Juneau resident Steven Hunt Rice, 53, died July 10 at home in Anchorage.
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He was born March 7, 1953, in Johnson City, Tenn. He attended Middle Tennessee State University, and received his Bachelor of Arts from University of Alaska-Juneau.
He became a resident of Alaska in 1984, living in Juneau until 1995 and residing in Anchorage ever since. He worked as a manager for Bullwinkle's Pizza in Juneau and was an owner for Roundtable Pizza in Anchorage. He was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and served on their board of directors and with the Boy Scouts of America. He was passionate about music, outdoor recreation and exploring Alaska.
His family said, "He was an expert at organizing and executing camping trips to his favorite wilderness places for family and friends, and sharing Alaska's adventures with visitors."
He was preceded in death by his father, Bailey Rice of Johnson City.
He his survived by his wife, Phyllis Rice; son, Sam Rice; mother, Hazel Rice, of Johnson City; brothers, Devereux Rice of Bellevue, Wash., and Sam Rice, of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Martha Murray, of Kingsport, Tenn., and Susanne Poythress, of Raleigh, N.C.; step daughter, Alexis Bacharach, of Washington; step granddaughter, Lily Mae Trenchard, of Washington; several nieces and nephews; and uncle, Sam Donaldson, of Atlanta.
A service will take place at 11 a.m. July 14 at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road, in Anchorage.
Memorial donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK, 99503.
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