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Lt. Colonel Dennis William Stevens USAF (Ret.) passed into the hands of the Lord on March 14, 2013, at age 64. He was born in Portland, Oregon, to Howard and Gloria Stevens. During high school, he was an athlete and a scholar, excelling especially in baseball. He was First Team All State in Baseball and First Team Honorable Mention in Football. He also set a new high jump record for his high school. He attended Linfield College on athletic scholarships, covering much of his tuition with summer sailing trips to Hawaii and the Orient in the Merchant Marine. He was a pitcher on Linfield's NAIA National Championship Baseball Team in 1971 and was later inducted into the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and completed a Master's degree in Business Administration. During college, he met and later married Joyce Ann Greene, recently celebrating 40 years together. He entered the Air Force and was stationed at various locales in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific, supporting the Vietnam and Persian Gulf eras. Daughter April Christine was born in Okinawa, Japan, and son Matt William was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He concluded his career at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, after 32 years of service. He had a primary focus on faith and family, and especially enjoyed travel and athletic events. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Stevens, sisters Donna Lugibihl and Laurie Davis, brother David Stevens, wife Joyce Stevens, daughter April Zimmermann, son Matt Stevens, and granddaughter Alexa Zimmermann, as well as beloved nephews, nieces and family members across the U.S. and Canada. He was dearly loved and will be fondly remembered. A memorial service and brief reception will be held at Village Parkway Baptist Church on Thursday, March 28th at 10 AM. On Good Friday, a graveside service with military honors will be held at Ft. Sam Houston. Condolences may be offered online at www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com Memorial donations may be made to Village Parkway Baptist Church - or to Baptist Children's Home. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Published in Express-News on Mar. 24, 2013