Stephen Hoermann Owen, marketing manager for the Harford County public library, died Sunday of esophageal cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Bel Air resident was 42.
Mr. Owen was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colo., and graduated from Air Academy High School in 1980.
While studying fine arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, he spent a semester in Vienna, Austria, and pursued an interest in art history. Mr. Owen earned his bachelor's degree in 1984 and moved to Chicago, where he started a career in graphic design, advertising and marketing, working for Qually & Co.
In the early 1990s, Mr. Owen moved to Williamsport, Pa., where he married Renate Phillips. The couple moved to Frederick in 2000, and he worked at Eagle Publishing Inc. in Washington. They moved in August to Bel Air, where for the last two years Mr. Owen worked for the county library system.
"If you wanted to do anything innovative, creative or `outside the box', then Steve was your man," Mrs. Owen said.
Mr. Owen ran marathons, including the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado Springs. His best time was 5 hours and 16 minutes in a Denver marathon.
Mr. Owen also enjoyed the beach, including searching for shark teeth near Solomons Island and for sea creatures in the tide pools of Vieques, Puerto Rico, where the couple had their last vacation in March.
Services were held yesterday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bel Air, where Mr. Owen was a member.
He also is survived by a son, William Owen, 9, and a daughter, Claire Owen, 5; his mother, Leonore Owen of Colorado Springs; two brothers, Frederick Owen of Colorado Springs and Mark Owen of Minot, N.D.; and a sister, Barbara Reed of Owego, N.Y.