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Steve Fangman was an all-state offensive player at Naples High School and was honored with inclusion on the Collier County Scholar-Athlete list. Additionally, he participated in track and field by throwing both shot put and discus events.
Fangman first performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel as saxophonist to perform John Adams’ City Noir, for which she won both Pulitzer and Grammy Prizes.
Early Life and Education
Fangman grew up on a family farm near Ceresco, Nebraska and graduated from Raymond Central High School. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and working on the farm as well as following football and eating ice cream!
He has over thirty years of experience in wastewater and water engineering, including managing major treatment plants (142 mg/d capacity) and over three thousand miles of sewer infrastructure in both New York and New Jersey. Additionally, he holds professional licenses in these two states.
Fangman leaves behind his wife Pat and three sons – Steven, Mark and JoAnn Crary (Garnavillo) and Marjorie Henderson (Farmersburg); 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader is providing assistance for his family.
Fangmann is widely recognized as an industry expert. Leveraging his vast knowledge in water facilities design and engineering, he oversees projects that promote excellence while upholding business ethics as President of D&B.
He has performed across the United States, Australia, Europe, Japan, and China, including the World Premiere of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto featuring Marin Alsop of Baltimore Symphony at Sydney Opera House; recordings of his original compositions on Nonesuch Records’ Nonesuch, EMI and Bridge Records labels as well.
Steve enjoys camping with his family, cooking and devouring ice cream. He’s an active member of First Street Bible Church as well as being involved with Sons of American Legion Ceresco Nebraska Chapter and Downtown Lincoln Kiwanis Club.
Achievement and Honors
Fangmann has made his engineering career the focus of water pollution control, wastewater facilities design and management planning – three areas for which his work is highly esteemed and has earned three awards of distinction.
D&B Engineers and Architects in Woodbury, NY is led by their distinguished president. Through various initiatives implemented under his watchful eye, their company culture now prioritizes excellence, business ethics, and technical competence.
“He also coached track and field at Naples High School for 12 consecutive seasons, ranking his teams among the top 10 in Florida for that entire period and receiving first team all-state honors in shot put and discus respectively. Additionally, during his time there, both men’s and women’s programs achieved 22 conference championships under his guidance; furthermore he has published numerous engineering articles across multiple publications.”
Three-time first-team all-state selection as a center at Naples (Florida) High, earning Collier County Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete recognition his senior year… Additionally threw shot and discus for the Eagles… and competed in Florida All-Star game.
As a soloist, he has presented performances at SEAMUS and North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conferences as well as Bang on a Can Marathon and Big Ears Festival events. Additionally, he has conducted master classes and workshops at numerous leading universities and conservatories around the country.
As a composer, his concert music has been presented by orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop’s Baltimore and Sao Paulo State Symphonies orchestras, City Noir featuring on their Grammy nominated recording anthology of John Adams music, among many other premiere performances.
Steve Fangman is estimated to be worth approximately one billion dollars, thanks primarily to his various business investments and charitable work with organizations like Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs which aid injured US veterans regaining independence.
Kristy Fangman and their children Haley and Zachary survive him as do his sister Debbie Fangman and brother Michael Fangman as well as other family members.
He was an incredible friend to many and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. His legacy will live on through family and friends; they will remember him fondly as an amazing wit with an infectious sense of humor.