Virgil Steven Tarbet “Steve” Neves, 57, of Salt
Lake City, UT, died on February 6, 2018, after a protracted
illness. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February
10, 2018, at 11 am, at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery,
500 North Main Street, Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062. All friends
and family are invited to attend and provide a few words
Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Gay Nuttall
Neves Garrard, father, Glen Frank Tarbet, step-father, Wilford
Leslie Neves, and step-mother, Betty Bennion Brown Tarbet.
He is survived by his step-mother, Arsenath Ann Ellison
Tarbet, and step-father, Robert Garrard; his siblings Jerry
(Kay) Neves, Linda (David) Uranga, Scott (Julie) Tarbet,
Jami (Brad) Bernards, Carrie (Tony) Pearce, David Tarbet,
Penny (Dallas) Freeman, Victor (Caroldean) Tarbet Neves,
Alan (Glynis) Neves, Marci (Lynn-deceased) Reed, Michael
(Bethann) Neves; as well as thirteen additional step-siblings
and their spouses. Steve also considered a great many friends
as part of his family, and he will be equally mourned by
Artist, musician, environmentalist, humanitarian, and entrepreneur,
Steve was an integral part of both the burner and punk communities
in the Utah and Intermountain West area. He began playing
guitar as a child. He also played keyboard and world percussion.
As an event producer and promoter, he was instrumental in
establishing and nurturing numerous desert concert venues
over the course of thirty years, including the annual Burning
Man event in Nevada.
He merged two of his great loves, music and the environment,
when he created TeamFree, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to the preservation and improvement of public lands. The
organization revitalized abandoned mine sites by clearing
debris and tailings, restoring vegetation, and sealing the
tunnels to guard against mishaps by unwary explorers. Steve
was a gifted artist and graduated from Salt Lake Community
College three times, each degree a different area of the
Visual Fine Arts. Commercially successful, his work has
been displayed in numerous shows, reviews, and galleries.
His love of art extended into his extensive collection that
demonstrated his affinity for Cubism and African tribal
Steve began breaking bones as a child. At the age of eighteen,
he suffered a life-threatening automobile accident that
put him in critical condition and left him with permanent
brain damage. Even so, he went on to accomplish amazing
things. Over the years, as his health deteriorated, with
multiple scrapes with death, the aftereffects of those incidents,
and debilitating pain which ultimately confined him to a
wheelchair, he became progressively more reclusive. Although
he dropped from the public eye, he never dropped his passions.
First and foremost, Steve was a humanitarian. The words
of long-time friend Brett Colvin, photographer, sum him
“Awaking today to hear that a most loving spirit
has left us. Neeves (sic) was an Artist a friend and one
of the finest humans that I have ever met. Always there
to help when called upon and even when not called upon.
"The Whetherman" as we called him and the name
that he coined to himself. Which was apropos for Virgil
Steven Tarbet Neves who could isolate what, whether, when
or why you may have crossed his path. Neeves (sic) could
work a Chinese 19th century railroad worker under the rails.
He could make a lonely heart company and give peace when
no other could. I loved him for his examples of this so
many times. His penchant for fine libations will be remembered.
His gentleman’s way, his peace and love! RIP "brotherman"
as he used to call me whenever I called: without a beat,
without judgment, this fine human spirit gave joy to soooo...
many in this life!”