On Jan. 20, 2014, Stephen Michael Suazo passed away unexpectedly.
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Steve was born in Lewistown on Dec. 5, 1950, to Augustine "Ernie" Suazo and Thelma Suazo (Apple). He graduated from Fergus High School in 1968 and then went on to earn his accounting degree from the University of Great Falls. In 1992, he married Anita Potter Stevenson. Steve worked for the Lewistown Police Department, in banking, and in software design and sales. Most recently, he worked for Zoot Enterprises in Bozeman.
Steve was dedicated to his family. The four "G's" were his passion: God, granddaughters, golf and guns. He will be remembered for being a genuine man who looked to his own faults instead of blaming others. His biggest regrets were leaving the police force and not knowing Jesus as his savior earlier in his life. His granddaughter Illyauna "buffed" out Steve's "rough around the edges" personality. He overcame years of debilitating health problems to be there for his granddaughters. Ultimately, a heart attack ended his life, not the brain tumors that he had suffered through.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma and brother, Keith. He's survived by his wife, of 21 years, Anita Suazo; sons, Mike (Brandi) of Billings, Jon of Missoula, and Jason (Marci) of Basalt, Colo. and daughter, Amanda (Michael) Francis of Belgrade; granddaughters, Illyauna and Mahliah; sisters, Kathy Wood and Connie Suazo, and father, Ernie Suazo.
Steve would pray, "Come quickly Lord Jesus," and God took him home. The Lord said, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
A memorial service celebrating Steve, the best Papa ever, will be at noon on Friday, Jan. 24 at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2014