Steven Paul Sherburne was born on July 30, 1954 in Great Falls. He went to St. Francis of Assisi Grade School and Gonzaga Prep High School, both in Spokane. He spent his summers in East Glacier Park, Montana where his family built and ran the Mountain Pine Motel. He spent a lot of time hiking, skiing, climbing, and exploring Glacier National Park with his brothers and friends. He also attended classes at the University of Washington and the University of Montana taking many classes in geology. Before he finished his degree, he decided to move back to East Glacier and start a family.
Steven drove a fuel truck in Browning for a few years in the late 70s-mid 80s. Then, he opened Northern Native Insurance and proudly ran it for more than 30 years. He was a great listener and loved working with people. As a Browning business owner, he followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather, JH Sherburne, who owned one of the first trading posts in Browning in the late 1800s and was the namesake for Sherburne Lake in Glacier National Park.
Steven played golf as often as he could. He loved playing in the East Glacier golf league with his friends and played in (and won) many golf tournaments. For a while, Steven built and refurbished golf clubs as a hobby. Steven was a proud member of the Montana State Golf Association (MSGA) for 21 years. He worked as the chief executive rater, state executive rater, and was president of the MSGA for two terms. His proudest moment as president was when he united the MSGA and the Women’s Montana Golf Association, making it possible for women to be on the MSGA board for the first time in the history of the organization. In December of 2020, he was inducted into the MSGA Hall of Fame.
Steven also loved music and playing guitar. When he was younger, he and his friends were touring musicians in a country western band named Midvale Creek. They played gigs across Montana and Minnesota. Steven attended the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop outside of Seattle each summer for the last 20 years. During his time at ‘camp’ he made lifelong friends and learned to play many other stringed instruments.
Steven met his wife Colleen when he was 14 and she was 15. He loved her every day of his life. He also found great joy in spending time with his two daughters, Jessie, who lives in Boise, Idaho, and Mackenzie, who lives in New York City, New York.
Steven died in the Cut Bank hospital on March 6th, 2021 of complications from his long battle with stage four lymphoma. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was an incredible man, father, and husband. He will be forever missed.
Donation in Steven’s memory can be made to:
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 896, Bellingham, WA 98227-0896. Make a note that it is for the Steven Sherburne PSGW Scholarship Fund.