Stephen C. Grout, 67, was a true renaissance man: chess master, gifted pianist, deft legal mind and doting husband. He died suddenly on April 12, 2023. He was born September 18, 1955, in Phoenix, Arizona, to George “Bud” and Gerry Grout. Steve was born with congenital heart disease but did not let that deter him in his pursuit of a full, rich life.
Steve attended the University of San Diego for two years prior to transferring to UCSD, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in music. He graduated summa cum laude. He attended Stanford, maintaining a 4.0 grade average, before deciding to pursue a law degree. Steve transferred to the University of Arizona, where he was on the Law Review.
After practicing real estate law for a short time, he joined his father at Grout Properties, and did commercial real estate investments. Subsequently, Steve taught himself investing in mutual funds and ETFs, which he continued throughout his life.
Steve and his soulmate, Barbara, met when they were young children, reconnected briefly in their 20s, and then again in their 30s. Barbara traveled to UCLA with Steve for his first heart surgery in 1990. After feeling more optimistic about the future, he proposed. They married in 1991 and converted to Catholicism together in 2014. They shared a life of love, happiness and adventure, and that strong bond of love and faith will never end. Steve was a comic book collector and had the nickname “Batman.” He also attained the rank of chess master, although Barbara refused to call him “Master,” preferring Honey or Batman.
Steve is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his parents, Bud and Gerry; his sister Kay (Chris); and extended family, all of whom were loved.
Steve was known to be smart, witty, kind and generous. Per his wishes, Steve donated part of his body to the Organ Donor Network to help others, and his heart and lungs to congenital heart research. He was the longest survivor of the original form of Fontan surgery. He hoped that donation to research would help improve the lives of others with congenital heart disease.
Prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave. in Phoenix on May 22nd at 1 PM, he will be cremated. Following the Mass, his remains will be placed in a crypt at St. Francis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sanctuary Fund at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85016. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com