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Holmes, Steven Vance

June 6, 1952 -

January 10, 2016



Steven Vance Holmes, age 63, passed away on January 10, 2016, surrounded by family and friends, following a brief illness.

Steve worked for the New Mexico Environment Department for 15 years. He helped to regulate the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. His motto was "Cleaning up the Planet since 1985." He was also a dedicated and effective teacher.

Steve was born in Albuquerque to Shary D. and Jhansi Pearl Holmes in 1952. He graduated from Sandia High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern New Mexico University.

Steve was an enthusiastic drummer, performing with a drum and bugle corps while in high school. He played tri-toms with the Hill Stompers band of Los Alamos for the past ten years. His talents really shined when the band played "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Wipe Out." Steve was a proud Triumph motorcycle rider. He was also an avid geocacher, finding caches in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia. He loved telling a good joke, and even a bad joke. His smile was constant and infectious.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Shane Holmes.

He is survived by brother Sam Holmes, his wife Paula, children and grandchildren; daughter Melissa Mato, her husband Matias, daughter Tennley and son Bentley; daughter Kelsey Hall, her husband Cody and daughters Laramie and Gracelynn; niece Celina Holmes, her husband BJ Smith and children; nephew Casey Holmes; uncle John Hicks and his wife Barbara Shigekuni; aunt Terry Hicks; special friends Rosalie Sanchez and Betsy Nichols.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at St. Vincent's Hospital for their compassionate care during Steve's illness.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1 pm at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 13, 2016
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