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Steven Brent Deppe, born on May 22, 1958, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at his home in Fresno at the age of 56. His parents, Harold and Clyvene Deppe, raised Steve in Fresno. While growing up, Steve, his parents, and brother Doug, enjoyed many family activities. These included car camping, sailing, snow skiing, water skiing and traveling in their travel trailer. When Steve was 15 years old, he and his brother took scuba lessons and became certified divers. They and their father Harold, dove together from their boat in places like Avila, Morro Bay, Monterey, and Fort Bragg. Steve's father took Steve and Doug on many backpacking trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Steve later made numerous hiking trips into the mountains with his close friends. Steve developed many interests during his high school years, including piano (with lots of encouragement from his mother Clyvene). Steve became intrigued by the phenomenon of progressive rock in which rock bands played original compositions that emulated classical music. Steve also studied computer science and taught himself several computer languages. He took related classes in the summertime at California State University, Fresno. After graduating from Fresno High School in 1976, Steve attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he excelled in the study of computer science. Steve was a brilliant software engineer. After moving to L.A. in 1978, he specialized in computer systems programming and communications, working for a variety of companies during the formative years of the computer industry. Beyond his talents in computer science, Steve's passion for music was well known. Steve was an accomplished musician and an exceptional composer and songwriter. Steve spent most of his musical career writing music and playing keyboards with rock bands in the Los Angeles area. His original music ranged from classical to progressive rock. An example of his original classical music is entitled "Taedet Animam Meam", ("I Am Weary At Heart"), which was performed live by the Torrance Chamber Singers in 2000. Steve, a perfectionist, spent the last 20 years writing and rewriting a beautiful masterpiece requiem that he never completely finished to his satisfaction. Steve's classical musical influences were Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. In addition to his great love of music and the outdoors, his friends will remember Steve for his unique sense of humor and his fun-loving personality. He made us laugh and enhanced our lives. Steve encouraged his friends to always do their best with every task or endeavor attempted. That attitude influenced us more than most of us have realized. Thank you, Steve. We will miss your wonderful friendship and never forget your beautiful musical creations. Steve is survived by his loving parents, Harold and Clyvene Deppe; brother Doug and sister-in-law Michelle; nephew Shawn; aunt, Doris Kirshner; several cousins; and many friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Neptune Society of Central California, 1154 W. Shaw Avenue in Fresno.

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Published in Fresno Bee on Jul. 27, 2014.
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July 11, 2017
Miss you, Steve.
March 21, 2016
Steve in his studio fall 2013
August 17, 2014
I'm sorry I missed the service, Steven.
I remember Steven and Eric Temple being good friends and probably the smartest boys at Morris E Dailey Elementary in those years. He was a friendly kid and a little guarded, being that he was “gifted.” We didn't yet use the current terms for intelligent people back then.
It wasn't until the early 80's, and through an entirely new group of friends that I learned of Stevens' notoriety as a keyboard player and that he liked the same music and bands that I had come to appreciate… I mean where can someone who cut his teeth on 70's rock and roll go once you gain a certain level of proficiency, right?
I have passed on the news to others as it was passed to me,a ripple moving through past and future.
I noticed Steppenwolf on your Facebook page Steven…is that you in the first paragraph of page 9?
Mike Mogan
August 7, 2014
To my great friend...
Not many people or individuals have the pleasure and honor of having or knowing great people like Steve...

Thank you for being my friend Steve...I will never forget and treasure all of the wonderful memories we shared and had.

I will miss you and will never forget you.
Your Friend (S) Hector & Terry Meza
Hector Meza
August 1, 2014
You're already greatly missed,Steve.
Roxanne Thurlow
July 29, 2014
Steve doing what he loved, playing his music
Steve was initially, just a band mate, 12 years older than me, so we didn't immediately have a lot in common, other than the music. Steve mentored me in music and in computer science and over the years our friendship grew strong. Eventually Steve would work with me on commercial software and even lived with me in Fullerton for a short time. Steve was very intelligent with a great sense of humor and appreciation of literature and history. Steve's music and friendship were precious to me and I will miss him dearly. -Rob
Rob Swindell
July 28, 2014
It is very hard to say goodbye to loved ones, even it is a short goodbye until we meet in heaven. Love to you and your family.
Phyllis Jackson Hollingsworth
July 26, 2014
I will miss cousin.
Mark McConnell
July 26, 2014
May 2014
One of the first movies I saw with Steve was Hamlet, it was so nice to watch it with him that I didn't even notice it was four hours long!
"Good night, sweet prince"
I will miss you forever.
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