Stephen Salt, age 47, of Madison, died peacefully Saturday, October 8, 2022, at University Hospital in Madison. He was born on October 31, 1974, the son of Betsy and Ken Salt.
Steve grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Derry Township High School. He went on to receive an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Steve moved to Madison, where he continued his schooling and received an Associate Degree in Applied Arts, Graphic Design from Madison Area Technical College (now Madison College).
He met his wife, Julie (Schmitz) Salt, in Madison in 2000. They were married at Blackhawk Church on November 3, 2001.
Steve started at Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) in 2007 as a Graphic Design Specialist. He most recently served as the company's Visual Brand Manager in Corporate Communications. In his role at MGE, Steve was committed to his photography, graphic design and visual branding responsibilities, lending his expertise and creativity to many projects across the organization. He was a beloved colleague and friend to many who remember and deeply miss Steve's talent, quick wit and helpful nature. Steve was always willing to help and to share a laugh with his coworkers.
Steve was involved in the Boy Scouts of America since middle school. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 75, Hershey, Pennsylvania. As an adult, Steve was an active and highly involved member of Troop 132, Madison, for many years. He was a mentor to many scouts and most recently served as Advancement Chairperson. He proudly received the Helping Hand Award from the Yahara District, Glacier's Edge Council in 2019 for dedication and commitment to scouting. He was a founding member of Scouts BSA Girl Troop 7132, as is his daughter, Evie.
Steve had many hobbies that created connections with various people. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, and he loved good food and drink coupled with good conversation. He could chat up a stranger about what was the best thing to get on the menu. He participated in the local homebrewers' guild and appreciated crafting his own brews as well as helping out friends.
A recent passion for Steve was running. Over the past few years, he found great support and community through Fleet Feet, which helped him progress from 5Ks to marathons. He had hoped to run a 50K ultramarathon in fall 2022. A lifetime goal of Steve's, combining his love of outdoors with running, was running all the segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which winds throughout Wisconsin for more than 1,000 miles.
Steve loved his family. He was a firm believer in getting his work done so he could finish on time to be home with his family. They enjoyed camping, traveling and the many rituals of home life. Steve was highly involved and encouraging to both his children's endeavors, such as attending Lincoln's Ultimate Frisbee games or taking a cooking class with Evie. He took care of them in a countless number of ways.
A memorial service will be held at Door Creek Church, 6602 Dominion Drive in Madison at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the service. A light lunch will follow, ending at 2 p.m.
Steve will be cremated and his ashes will be distributed during a private service at a future date in a place significant to him and his family.
Memorials can be made to Ice Age National Scenic Trail or Scout Troops 132 or 7132, Madison, WI.
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