Steven Clark Maze
“You’re going on a long journey…”
Those words captioned a picture portraying a grandfather bestowing a prophecy onto his grandson in the middle of a game of chess. This picture was the favorite of Steven Clark Maze, and those words captioned his life. On December 15th, 2018, that quote was bestowed onto Steven as his earthly journey came to its conclusion and he ascended into the next.
Steven was born in Kansas City and moved to Grandview, Missouri where he attended school, graduating from Grandview High School in 1977. From the early stages of Steven’s great journey, he seized every moment. He started working at an early age giving him financial independence to afford girlfriends, motorcycles and fast cars. He was a devoted athlete, excelling in sporting events such as baseball, wrestling, football, water skiing, snow skiing, track, and gymnastics. He may have moved from Grandview, but enjoyed every opportunity to reconnect with high school friends. He was known for his charisma, love of life and many talents.
Steven understood that the journey was determined by the traveler. His mind was disciplined and incredibly strong. He believed in the universe and allowed magic to unfold in his life. He vibrated in ways that attracted people to his positive energy, and found reasons to smile every day. When facing life’s challenges, he would resonate with the world’s positive frequencies and instead see new opportunities.
He approached all situations in life as an opportunity. He was an avid explorer and loved to hit the road seeking adventure. Even “getting lost” just meant the universe was guiding him to a new discovery. Once while road tripping with his young children, Steven discovered the city of Metropolis (home of Superman). That experience is a highlight of his kids’ life and a defining legacy of their father.
He was a dreamer, entrepreneur, and a developer of ideas. Throughout his life, he followed his passions then found a way to turn his dreams into his inspired vocation. After Business School, he launched into a career taking him first to California and then to New Orleans. A unique entrepreneurial opportunity lured Steven to Colorado where he started Snow Daze, a cross-country ski school. He eventually returned to his home state of Missouri where his business, Anew Leaf Massage, became his long-term career serving hundreds of grateful clients and associates. His entrepreneurial spirit didn’t stop there; he loved new projects and the process of rejuvenation. In this spirit, Steven discovered and renovated a neglected country property, transforming it into Timberheart Conference Center and Dude Ranch.
He bestowed the true spirit of friendship upon each person whose life he touched, and forever they would remain a part of his. A loyal soul, he easily attracted new friends and became a loving player in their lives. He was a rock of sound advice to many, always taking the opportunity to teach and inspire. His expectation of others was simply to “bring a smile”; if by chance you arrived a smile short, he’d make sure you had one to take with you. He had a gentle soul and calm voice, but his energy was remarkable, the light in his eyes uncontainable, and his influence on others was immeasurable.
Steven is predeceased by his mother Marilyn Louise Whalen, and his grandparents Dean & Martha Margaret Maze, Price Clark & Eleanor Coffman. He is survived by his father Allder (& Karen) Maze, his son Nathaniel (& Stephanie) Maze, his daughter Lauren Maze, his sister SueAnn (& David) Heim and niece Mazey Heim, his step-siblings Shannon (& Tony) Goodwin and Shane (& Kim) Hendricks as well as many much-loved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Blue Moose in Kansas City, MO from 12-3pm with a commemoration around 1:30pm. Guests are encouraged to come at their leisure, be prepared to share their favorite Steven Maze memories, and (as he liked to say) bring a smile!