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Steve passed away on May 7 from lung cancer. His life was marked, and survived by, a great family led by his bride of 37 years, Janet, and daughter Kelley. A wonderful son-in-law, Josh Dawkins, joined them in 2011. His brother Garry and sister Shelley were a constant support and presence in his life. Family included a loving and supporting network of nieces and nephews who Steve enjoyed watching grow up.

Two careers reflected his passion to help improve peoples' lives and to enable them to improve their own lives. The first as a union, legislative, and political organizer included 25 years on the national field staff of the AFL-CIO including ten as Regional Director for five southwestern states. The second was marked by ten years with the as a Regional Advocacy Manager for twelve states and then as the Manager, Legal Advocacy Major Projects for the ADA. At the ADA he pursued his passion to improve the lives of people with diabetes through better access to health care and to eliminate discrimination against children and adults with diabetes. This was not just a job as Steve lived successfully with type 1 diabetes for 46 years and found great satisfaction in fighting diabetes as an advocate. Separate from his job Steve volunteered at the ADA and rode in the Tour de Cure for 11 years raising, in partnership with Jan, money for ADA advocacy, research, and programs.

At the age of 63 Steve became a disk jockey as retirement kicked into gear when he had the opportunity to use his life-long love of jazz as a volunteer on-air host at KUVO Jazz89. He soon had a regular spot as the Tuesday and Wednesday on-air host of Afternoon Jazz, a volunteer activity that highlighted his retirement and allowed him to give back to this very important community and jazz radio station.

Always passionate about his pastimes, Steve played poker since he was in college and spent 20 years as a golfer, before discovering his real passion of cycling.

Worked into this was a commitment to giving back to the community. Steve served on several 501c3 boards including the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (including six years as board chair), Labor's Community Agency, LA RASA, the Colorado board of the American Jewish Committee, and on the Jewish Community Relations Council, and going back to the 1970s and 1980s supported health care and education in Israel through the National Committee for Labor Israel. For several years he recorded books for "Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic."

Steve requested that memorial contributions be directed to KUVO Jazz89 at www. KUVO.org or by mail to KUVO, PO Box 2040, Denver, CO 80201. Alternatively contributions can be directed to the online at www.diabetes.org. A gathering of friends and colleagues with good jazz, food, and libation will take place on a date to be determined in lieu of a service.

Published in Denver Post on May 12, 2013
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