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Steve R Kurtz

Born: Mon., May 5, 1952
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Sat., Jan. 19, 2019
Location: Cal

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Stephen R. Kurtz of Sierra Vista passed away in the early morning of January 5, 2019 from health complications. Born on May 5, 1952 to Robert and Elaine Kurtz, Steve grew up in Circleville, Ohio surrounded by three brothers and three sisters.

He married his wife of 45 years, Deb, in Columbus, Ohio. They moved to Sierra Vista in 1979 seeking opportunities with Steve’s work in radio broadcasting specializing in sports. While it was supposed to be temporary, Steve and Debbie fell in love with the city and decided to raise their family here.

Yet, his Ohio State roots were forever present in his identity, filling his house with The Ohio State University memorabilia and proudly displaying an Ohio State mailbox in front of his house for all to see. Steve had to leave his love of broadcasting to support his family as an accountant.

Over the years, he built a loyal following of clients who went on to become friends and even part of his extended family. He worked tirelessly to support their financial needs. A big part of Steve’s life was his dedication to the San Pedro Kiwanis club as a founding member. His service of over thirty years includes work on many projects including but not limited to the 4th of July Street Dance, the July Fourth Chili Cook Off, the Haunted House, Sizzle, Stocking Stuffers, and weekly Beads of Courage packaging for terminally ill children throughout the United States.

He served as an advisor to the board, President for two years, Treasurer seven years, Scholarship Committee chair, Carmichael K-kids advisor twelve years, and Douglas key club advisor. However, Steve also served at the district level as Southwest District Lieutenant Governor for two years, chairman of the Midwinter conference twice, and District Financial Advisor for seventeen years. All of this helped him earn the district level Hixson as well as Zellar awards.

Aside from Kiwanis, many knew Steve’s volunteer work in high school sports broadcasting for over 40 years. Steve was known as the official Voice of Buena, broadcasting mainly football, but also basketball and baseball. Steve had a passion for highlighting the talented athletes in our area, working hard to bring quality broadcasts every Friday night in the fall with his dear friend Kevin Carolan. For the past two seasons, listeners enjoyed his broadcast along with Sheriff Mark Dannels as they expanded the focus to include many Cochise County high schools. While the broadcast was focused on football, Steve always had a desire to highlight as many student athletes in the school in all sporting events. His passion for this was so large, it became a family affair.

His wife, Debbie, worked as his official statistician until his daughter, Brenda, took over her freshman year in high school. For many seasons, his son, Adam, even joined in on broadcasting away games. He coached his son, Adam’s, soccer league team called The Rattlers for twelve years. The first year was a learning experience, and, like everything else Steve put his hand to, he caught on very quickly and for many years after led the team to undefeated seasons. One of his favorite tournaments was the Fort Lowell Shootout - a tournament in which his team eventually won their division in a classic championship game ending in a shootout. To his great pride, his son made the last save to win the game. He also coached and guided Adam along with countless other young people through the city’s little league baseball team and had the opportunity to lead a Sierra Vista All Star team.

More than anything else, Steve loved his family. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to provide for them and support them. He took great pride in their successes and adventures. He was their rock and will be greatly missed. While his family knows his passing will leave a large hole in their lives as well as this community, they find comfort knowing he is in heaven looking down and cheering on his beloved Buckeyes.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, his sister Jody, and his sister Leslie. He is survived by his loving wife; his daughter, Brenda; his son, Adam; daughter-in-law, Laura; grandchildren, Joshua and Olivia; his sister, Shelley; his brothers, Jon, Robin, and Shawn; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A celebration of life will be held at 10a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Calvary Chapel Sierra Vista, 1155 E Wilcox Dr.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Humane Society or Wounded Warriors Project, two programs that Steve held dear to his heart.

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