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Steven Baca

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Baca, Steven John

In Loving Memory

September 15, 1971 - November 11, 2015

September 15th would have been your 45th birthday. Your days on earth are given to you before you were a day old. The Scripture tells us this in Psalm 139: 15-16. "When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there - you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began." For the short time we were blessed to have you we are so very grateful that you were a part of our lives and we were loved by you. You were born with a heart of gold as you helped anybody you could with whatever you could never expecting anything in return. Your beautiful smile and sparkling green eyes lit up a room and drew people to you like a magnet. So many people without really knowing you commented on what a beautiful heart you had. The cards, flowers, letters and E-mails sent with sentiments expressing this were endless.

You were such a happy child, strong and full of life with a great sense of humor. You walked when you were eight months old on the sandy beaches of California that you loved so much. Shortly thereafter you started carrying a ball. Any ball just so you could throw, bounce or catch it. You grew up to be such a fine athlete. Your fondest memory was when the "Panthers", the team you played on, won the Young America Football League "Super Bowl." Your positions were quarterback and strong-side linebacker. You threw a 40 yard pass to one of your team mates for a touchdown during the championship game. You were so happy and proud to have taken the "Championship" in 1983.

You were Male Athlete of the Year at Jackson Middle School in 1983-84.

You kicked a 25 yard field goal when you were twelve years old.

You were tri-captain of the football team and Most Valuable Offensive Player at Manzano High School your freshman year.

We remember the time at Mile High when you had two triple plays and two double plays from short stop in one game. You also played basketball for AYBL and participated in Cub Scouts. You earned a first place trophy in a Stock Market competition in San Diego.

You collected crosses and loved to pray the Our Father in Spanish. Your goal was to speak Spanish fluently. You loved the ocean, light houses, fishing, whale watching, Santa Barbara and lunch at the pier, turtles, the aroma of piñon wood, playing golf, guitar, harmonica, piano, riding your jeep, bike, Noxzema and sunbathing. You were told a time or two that you looked like a ginger bread man. Without fail we watched The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont. You also enjoyed watching your favorite football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But most of all you loved to cook and grill. Our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without you and your help in preparing the turkey and tamales was painful. We miss you more than words can express and we bury our faces in our pillow in tears wishing for your return.

You proudly served our country in the United States Air Force and you were acknowledged by receiving the Expert Marksman Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal for your efforts on the Peace Keeper Missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California.

You loved God and knew Jesus as your Savior. One of the last things you said as you clutched the crucifix hanging around your neck was that "you were going to trust your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help you." Your favorite scripture verse was John 3:16. "For God so loved the word that He gave his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him may not die but have eternal life. " THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. And, that is what keeps us going. We will trust and believe as you did and someday we will be together again.

We love you and miss you.

Mom, Dad, Roxanne & Michael
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 15, 2016
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