Stephen W. Anderson
March 5, 2016
With more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry Mr. Anderson has been responsible for forming 5 companies in the field.
Anderson Energy Corporation is a privately held, independent oil and gas company based in Denver, Colorado. It’s primary operating areas are located in Crockett and Sutton Counties, Texas.
The company’s primary business, with an emphasis on natural gas, is to purchase existing reserves in the form of operated, non operated, royalty and overriding royalties.
Mr. Anderson has been sole owner of both Anderson Energy Corporation (formed in 1988) and Stephen W. Anderson Energy (formed in 1981) since their inception. Prior to that, Mr. Anderson co-founded, directed and operated a group of privately owned companies engaged in oil and gas exploration, development, production, transportation, and related activities. The three primary companies were: Anderson Resources Corporation, the parent company, formed in 1973; Anderson Petroleum, Inc., and operating subsidiary of Anderson Resources, formed in 1974; and Anderson Pipeline Company formed in 1978. Anderson Petroleum conducted exploration and development activities for it own account and on behalf of joint venture participants principally in West Texas and to a lesser extent in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. Anderson Pipeline was formed to gather and transport natural gas found and developed by Anderson Petroleum in West Texas.
Mr. Anderson was co-founder, director, and vice president of the three major primary companies from their inception until 1978 when he was elected chairman of Anderson Resources Corporation (the parent company) and Anderson Pipeline Company. He was also named president of Anderson Petroleum, Inc., positions he held until his resignation in 1981.
By 1981, the Anderson companies had 90 employees, total assets of $31 million and annual revenues in excess of $37 million. Anderson Petroleum had received joint venture investments totaling $79 million and had drilled 208 wells, 182 of them productive, attaining an 87.5% success rate.
He was director of all five companies from inception until 1981, when he resigned as director of four of the companies. He remained a director of Anderson Resources until 1983.
Prior to Steve and his successful career in the oil and gas industry, Steve spent a time during the ’60s traveling on tour with The Doors, Jim Hendrix, The Beach Boys, and many other bands. He sold merchandise for the bands and enjoyed all the perks, as being a port of the entourage. He’d stow away on planes, hitchhike and whatever to reach his destination. A lot of crazy stories of this time in his life.
Some of his happiest moments as a child were when he was at Camp Lincoln, during the years of 1957, ’59, ’60 and ’61. He loved the water and sailing. He often reflected on what an important time this was for him. He loved to sail. At the camp’s reunion two years ago, he was back on the water sailing…happy as can be.
Being on the water was a love…he felt so at home. Fishing has always been a part of his life. In the later years, he began going back more and more to Northern Minnesota. He loved the “thick” wild rice soup…the kind where your spoon stands up in the middle of the bowl.
Nothing made him happier than catching walleye in the morning and having a “shore lunch” eating his fresh caught fish. Going up to Sioux Narrows was especially peaceful for him. One trip to Lake of the Woods, he saw a fallen tree and remembered it was a place where he had fished as a young boy.
Steve had Texas dirt and Minnesota water in his blood. He would spend many hours in his car, listening to books on tape cassettes and graduating to CD’s, driving around West Texas. He’d have coffee in the morning with “the regulars” and catch up on the latest happenings in Ozona. He’d then swing by the courthouse and visit with friends there. He enjoyed being there and seeing people he knew, remembering “the good old days”!!
When the oil and gas business got rough, he always tried to support the community by contributing in various ways to keep the quality and spirit going. He supported the sports teams, the Chamber of Commerce, the newspapers, the annual hunting and game events and more. It was important to him to be and feel he was actively a part of the communities of Ozona and Sonora.
Steve excelled at athletics. He was amazingly coordinated and participated in multiple sports. Baseball being a favorite, ice skating (hockey), rollerblading, softball, biking…miles and miles. At one point he rode his bike from Vail to Breckenridge. For that trip, we bought a camelback thinking the largest would be the best, filled it with so much water, he nearly passed out from the weight of it.
Many times he was larger than life and loved those “Big Tabs”. He taught us to celebrate all of our achievements and honor them. He saw things in a unique and visionary way, always trying new things and willing to take a risk. He was our “Figure-er”. He was generous and loyal.
He will be missed by many. We love you SWASWA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations “In Memory of Stephen Anderson”
Mile High Church
9077 West Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226
3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Steve is survived by his wife, Kathy, his sisters Sarah Lorberbaum, Sue Paynter and brother Truman Anderson
By his children Kevin Hawks and Kimberly Faer and their families and four grandchildren.
By Duke, Noreen, Charles, Andrew and Daniel Butler along with their families and five grandchildren.