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by Nancy Ridout

October 20, 2006

Swimmer, volunteer, musician

Jonathan Steiner passed away Saturday, September 30, 2006. He was a long time member of the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters located in San Rafael, Calif., and was active in the Pacific LMSC and USMS. He attended many conventions and was a member of the Legislation and Ad Hoc Legal Counselors committees. Jon also acted as Legal Counsel for the 2006 FINA Masters Local Organizing Committee. He received the Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award in 2006.

Jon took great pride in his swimming, his team, and gave back in many ways to our sport including creating the TAM 1650 Pool Mile to help raise funds for TAM. He assisted the team in many administrative tasks, including the One-Hour Postal Swim for several years.

Music was one of his many talents and he played guitar professionally in several jazz groups he organized. He also wrote music and created many arrangements for his bands.

Jon competed at the SC Nationals in Coral Springs in May. He didn't perform as well as he'd hoped and had trouble taking a deep breath. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He really wanted to compete at the World Championships even though he was on oxygen and hadn't been able to train since the end of May. His coach and teammates volunteered to make this dream possible and he swam the anchor leg of a relay, which meant a great deal to him.

Jon fought a good fight and is survived by his wife Sue, and two daughters.