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Samantha Hayes ReportingThis week we learned of a man who changed his life, from drug addiction and time in prison to devoting himself in service to his community. He would have continued on that path, his friends say, had his life not been cut short yesterday.
Stephen Andrews died in a motorcycle crash yesterday. In Utah County he was a pastor, a volunteer who worked with troubled youth, and the director of an outreach network for anyone struggling with drug addiction.
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Scott Horvath was a friend of Stephen's. He told KSL, "It's been really hard. Just seems not real right now."
Usually Stephen Andrews is there with them. He died in a motorcycle crash in Lehi Wednesday. Andrews was an associate pastor at Christ Evangelical Church, a man they say turned his life around many years ago after spending time in prison and addicted to drugs.
His wife, Patricia Andrews, said, "He touched so many lives, people I didn't even know that he knew."
Patricia says he devoted his life to helping people in the community struggling with drug abuse, especially teenagers.
Another friend, Pam Knight, said, "He just loved those kids, and it was so apparent and such a privilege for me to work with him."
For many it was a privilege just to know him; Scott Horvath says Andrews saved his life. "He reached me inside and opened up my heart to Jesus and a life with Christ, and really helped my marriage and strengthened me where I could do the recovery. I found out I wasn't all alone. There were other people like me and he made me see that."
His church is preparing a special celebration in honor of his life this Sunday.