Payton Hadley Steinbeck, 15, of Kalispell, Mont., but recently of Enterprise, died Oct. 6, 2003 as the result of an accident. He was born April 5, 1988 in Sacramento, Calif. to Nathan and Klista Steinbeck.
Payton grew up in Enterprise where he attended school through the ninth grade. He loved all types of sports, participating in cross country, football, basketball, track and golf. He also played baseball and was selected for both Little League and Babe Ruth all-star teams. Although competitive, he was a great sport, keeping a smile on his face whether he won or lost. In addition to being an honor student, Payton was a leader and never knew a stranger. He was always surrounded by friends - shooting hoops, playing guitars or listening to music. He enjoyed traveling with his family to such places as Mexico, Florida, Alaska, Arizona, and Colorado. The family also enjoyed such activities as snowboarding, water skiing, camping, hunting and fishing together.
Survivors include his parents, Nathan and Klista Steinbeck, and twin sister, Kelsey, all of Kalispell, Mont.; grandparents John and Margaret Steinbeck of Kenai, Alaska and Bill and Judie Stark of Hermiston; great grandparents Don and Jennie Smith of Sun City West, Arizona and Pete and Betty Trump of Elgin; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roger Nedrow.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise.