Stephen W. Brenchley
Stephen Walter Brenchley, husband, father and friend, died Monday, October 9, 2017 at his home in Sun City West, Arizona.
Stephen was born December 23, 1944 in Grand Coulee, Washington, to Walter Richard “Brick” Brenchley and Doris Jean Matthews. He was the third in a line of four children.
Steve attended Grand Coulee High School where he excelled as an athlete in numerous sports including football, baseball and basketball, and served on the student council. After graduating, Steve went on to play football for Wenatchee Community College, later transferring to the University of Washington where he graduated with a Bachelors in Business.
Following college graduation, Steve was lured to San Carlos, California, to work as an accountant for Lenkurt Electronics. It was here that he met his future wife, Patricia Ann Franke. The two were married on April 8, 1972 and soon became the proud parents of three daughters: Alexandra, Amanda, and Anne. In 1977, they moved to Spokane, Washington, so Steve could pursue a new employment opportunity with American Sign and Indicator.
Steve returned to college at Gonzaga University and obtained a Masters degree in Taxation. Steve often supplemented his income by providing tax services for private clients during tax season.
In 1984, the family relocated to Newman Lake, Washington, where they built their dream home on 7 acres.
Over the next 15 years, Steve spent much of his time supporting the active lifestyles of his three daughters, and raising and training racehorses in partnership with his late brother, Jerry. His most notable horse, Sean’s Way, was a significant source of pride and joy for Steve.
After American Sign merged with a competing company, Steve began working as the lead accountant for Alloy Trailers. He later joined ventures with another colleague and became the Chief Finance Officer for Fiber-Tech Industries, where he worked until his retirement in 2009.
Steve and Pat made the decision to live out their retirement years in sunny Arizona and in 2010 they purchased a house in Sun City West. Steve was an active member of the Men’s Club, Pickleball Club, Bocceball League, Investment Club and volunteered as a tax advisor during tax season.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Brenchley; three daughters, Alexandra Masters, Amanda Brenchley and Anne Carr; grandson, Eamon Carr; sister, Gloria Karton and brother, Larry Brenchley.