In Memory

Steve Stevens




Steve Stevens was Guest Member of our site because (according to him) he was goof off in his earlier days.


On Saturday, September 3, 2022, our beloved Steve passed away, peacefully, at home with his family. Steve was 77 years old. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousion, friend,
and neighbor. His beautiful strength and resilience continue to shelter us.

Steve was born in Ancon, Panama, in 1945, and moved in 1950 with the Stevens family to Albuquerque, which would become his lifelong home. Steve joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 1970 and retired a sergeant in 1991. During his 21 years at APD, Steve worked as a patrolman, a member of the SWAT (special weapons and tactics) unit, and a detective. His final assignment was to delight school children and the community in his favorite role as McGruff the Crime Dog. Steve enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1965 and, upon his discharge, served New Mexico in a brief stint with the U. S. Coast Guard. He left the USCG and rejoined the USAF, where he worked at Kirtland Air Force Base, in the supply unit, for the Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing. He retired as a USAF master sergeant, having served his country with quiet pride for 34 years.

Steve was an avid sportsman, too. He payed football in school, and he was an all-state champion wrestler for his Highland Hornets. Steve played racketball with fierce accuracy and won multiple medals playing in the Arizona Police Olympics. He loved golf, which was his very favorite retirement activity.

He is surived by his wife, Patty; daughters, Jamie West and Charlee Kirtley; children Dillon Freeman, Kenzee and Byson Kirtley; sons-in-law Chris West and Chris Kirtley; sister Charlotte Ferguson, husband Brad, their sons Burt and Doug Ferguson, daughters Tracy Dunn and Dee Ann Lorkovic; sister Karen Kerby, husband Dale, children Jackie Kerby Moore and Stephen Kerby; sister-in-law Loranie Hertel, husband Wayne, children Stevan Michael Stevens and Stephanie Paques. Sister-in-law Patti Stevens, daughter Robyn Perry; son Thom Perry, wife Julie, sons Tripp and Reilly Perry, daughter Caleigh Perry, husband Andrew, son Ashton. Steve was predeceased by parents Jim and Nan Stevens, brothers, Jim Jr., Larry, and E.L. "Steve" Stevens.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police, 4120 Cutler Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Steve's final resting place will be Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation (, All Faiths Receiving Home ( and Roadrunner Food Bank