Beloved husband, dad, grandpa/papa, uncle, friend, Stephen Woodward Pollitt passed away at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 14, 2022. 

Steve was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 1, 1939, to John and Martha Pollitt. When Steve was six years old, the Pollitt family relocated to Santa Barbara, California where Steve spent his entire childhood and graduated in the class of 1957 from Santa Barbara High School. Steve lived for over three decades in the beloved hometown he often described as “the most beautiful place on earth.” 

Steve was a third-generation casket manufacturer. His career began with his dad at Mission Casket in Santa Barbara before moving to Tacoma, Washington where he owned both Puget Sound Casket and Oregon Casket in Portland, Oregon. When asked what he did for a living, he would say “I served the death care industry for 50 years.” He considered himself to be a servant leader and, as a life principle, would not ask anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself.  

Steve treasured the memories of family times with his sons and daughters – at the beach, camping, on skiing trips or attending motorsports events.  Many memories were made playing with his grandchildren in his pool where he would “set the temperature to 92 so they wouldn’t be cold!”  

Known to many as a generous and sincere, Steve was quietly devoted in his love for God and the people in his life. As evidenced in his time spent raising his family, running his business, leading, and volunteering at churches in Tacoma or Woodland Park, or working at the Woodland Park Public Library, Steve valued integrity and gave himself wholeheartedly to the passions in his life.

Steve and Carol established their home near Pikes Peak in Woodland Park, Colorado.  During their 22 years of marriage, the Pollitt’s’ home was known as a gathering place of hospitality and respite where countless people shared meals, conversation, games, and time around the fireplace. Steve and Carol loved each other deeply and were a team until the very end.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, John Jr.  He is survived by brother, Jim, his wife Carol; children: Bob (Shellie) Pollitt; Greg (Charlotte) Taylor; Celise (Steve) Tabor; Kiera (Mitch) Ratcliffe; April Pollitt; Jamie Taylor; Clay (Jody) Pollitt.

Steve is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, 3 cousins, his mother-in-law, 1 sister-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law, 3 nephews, 2 nieces, and one Air Force Academy sponsor son. 

The visitation will be held at The Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80919 on Thursday January 19, 2023, from 6:00 – 8:00pm

A memorial service will be held Friday January 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Church, Main Campus, in The World Prayer Center 11025 Voyager Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Service will be livestreamed. Link available at:—january-20-2023-ktpdigdh3hukpioh4lj4
Memorials can be sent to The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  or The Exodus Road

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  1. What a stunning life of love and service!!! I am blessed to have met this amazing man of God only once, but this message about his incredible life has touched my heart deeply and inspires me to love God and others like Steve did!!! Just Wow!!!

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