Magner, Steve Magner, age 63, left July 3rd, too early and one day short of his favorite holiday. An American in every sense of the word, he believed in honesty, hard work, voting, and the first sip of a cold beer. He had an infectious smile, a giving heart, a machine-gun wit, and he was never, ever in a bad mood. He loved baseball, apple pie, playing dominoes, sunsets, fishing and the great State Fair of Texas. But above all, he loved his family and friends. He was born September 29, 1949, and raised in Richardson, Tx, where he met the love of his life, Kay, in the 8th grade. They married in 1971 and spent nearly 42 years together raising their children and enjoying their three (four in September) grandchildren. He was a husband to model a little girls' prince after and a dad that so many wished they could have. A world renowned jeweler and retailer, he was respected across the globe as a pillar of the precious jewelry industry. Starting as a delivery boy at Neiman Marcus in 1969, he worked his way up to executive vice president of Precious Jewelry, where he served for 19 years. He retired in 2003, but his love for the industry brought him back. He capped off his career as president at Diamond Cellar, where he spent the last 8 years working side by side with best friends and family. He leaves behind his wife Kay and their children, Carrie Francis and husband Jeff; Kevin and wife Hilary; grandchildren Kiely, James, & Ben Francis and Baby Boy Magner on the way; mother Dorothy; sisters Jean & husband Mike, Leslie & husband Bill; brothers Joe & Danny and whole slew of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Steve loved his life. A service will be held in his honor on Friday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Restland, Dallas. To make a donation in honor of Steve, email email@example.com for information.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 7, 2013