I met Steve many years ago when he came to work as the Head Band Director for the new Heritage MS in East Central ISD. At the time he was the only feeder to us at the high school and I was pleased someone of Steve's calibre would come work with us. He was a great director with a lovely wife and 2 children (with another on the way we found out later!).
We worked together for about 12 years and we definitely had our differences but I trusted him to teach my kids and I knew if I needed his help he would always be there to help me either professional or personally. I hope he knew I was there for him, Betsy and the kids, or his band program as well.
Over the last year I have "lost" my best friend, several really good friends, and now Steve, who was is somewhere in the middle.
I left EC before he did so we didn't see each other on a regular basis other than TBA or TMEA. My daughter loved to go find Steve and just talk. She's a band director too now and I know she had a great mentor in Steve. She plays pretty good french horn thanks to him as well.
It's sad when we suddenly get word that a friend has passed and I may still be a little bit in shock.
To you Steve - thank you for the "spirited" conversations, your love or my family, your stellar record as a band director, and someone who I could talk to about anything when my life wasn't going great, the band crashed during halftime, or I just needed a place to go hide and chat.
I will miss you my friend.