Bill Sniffin: COVID Victim Steve Mossbrook Was A True Wyoming Internet Pioneer

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One of the first true internet pioneers in Wyoming was Steve Mossbrook, 74, founder and owner of Wyoming.Com in Riverton. He died Nov. 5 of lung disease and COVID-19.

Steve and I were friends for 30 years.  He was the guy who acquired the rights to the name “Wyoming.Com,” when nobody else was smart enough to snatch it.  A great many people in the state used @wyoming.com for their email addresses initially until other competitors moved into the state.

He built a nice sized company and diversified into other product lines besides just the internet business. He had pretty much retired and he and his wife Sandi spent their winters in California where they golfed and played croquet. Steve was excellent in both sports. He returned to Wyoming.Com full-time in July and was excited about some new directions for the company. 

I always liked Steve although he could be sarcastic. He could tease with the skill of a professional. When I saw him this summer he looked in wonderful health. 

The state has lost a true visionary with his passing. He died a day after his 74th birthday.

Here is his obituary information

Steven Alan Mossbrook was born November 4, 1946 in Rochester, New York. He died November 5, 2020 in Casper of lung disease complicated by COVID.

Steve was the second of five children born to Polly and Bill Mossbrook. He grew up in a rural setting near Lake Ontario. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a BA in Economics. Several years later, he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University.

He considered himself an entrepreneur, working in diverse areas such as selling copiers and commercial real estate, plastic bag manufacturing, cabinetmaking, and providing technology. Steve was proud of two abilities: he could sell, and he could count. He always said he was better at starting companies than running them, but in the past 25 years he pioneered and created successful growth at Wyoming.Com, Cerento, and Contact Communications, all technology companies in Riverton Wyoming.

Little round white balls held great fascination for Steve. He was competitive in many sports, especially soccer, volleyball, pool, croquet, and golf. He was very proud of being a ‘single digit handicap’ golfer, as well as a tournament level croquet player. In addition to playing the sports well, he also contributed by coaching, being an officer in the organizations, and organizing tournaments.

Steve enjoyed some finer things in life that fed his adventure-seeking side. He owned and piloted a single engine plane, owned a fast boat for water-skiing and camping, and had a lifelong love of fast luxury cars. He was comfortable with being in control and also with taking a risk. Steve was an enthusiastic, outspoken, occasionally outrageous person. He was always a presence. He was one of a kind. He was one of the good guys.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Sandra; daughter Alexa Nowland (Eric) and four grandchildren (Lilly, Stasia, Sophie, and Oliver), all of Riverton, Wyoming; sisters Kathryn (New York) and Barbara (Florida); and brothers David (Kentucky) and Douglas (New York).

Due to COVID and traveling difficulties, no services will be held at this time. Instead, several smaller celebrations with friends and family in various parts of the country will take place as the year goes on, including a golf gathering next summer in Riverton.