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Steven James HerseyJune 29, 1960 ~ May 4, 2017 (age 56)
Steven James Hersey, 56, of Parker Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on May 4, 2017 at Lutheran Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Steve was born June 29, 1960 in Denver, Colorado to James Merrill Hersey and Phyllis Ruth Hanson. He attended Cornell College receiving a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1982 and a second Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Colorado in 1993. Steve became a Licensed Professional Engineer in 1997. He married Rebecca Lynn Smith on May 25, 1993 at Arvada Presbyterian Church in Arvada, Colorado. Steve retired from the Colorado Department of Transportation after 20 years of service where he was a Traffic and Safety Engineer. He was currently Director of Traffic Operations for the City and County of Denver. His knowledge and enthusiasm for transportation engineering combined with his leadership and people skills made him a valuable resource to all his coworkers.
An avid outdoorsman, Steve lived to hike, climb, cycle, downhill ski and backcountry ski with his many friends and family. He climbed 52 of the Colorado 14ers, along with other peaks in the Cascades, Sierras, Canadian Rockies, Mexico and California. He enjoyed watching bicycle races and riding his own road bike around Denver and in the mountains when he had the opportunity. He had made plans for backcountry skiing in Canada this coming winter.
Steve also loved to play and watch the more traditional sports of baseball, football, basketball and golf. He and his Dad, Jim, took a number of trips over the years to see the Yankees play in many stadiums across the country. When Steve's son, Daniel, grew older he joined them on some of these trips, confirming the love of baseball across three generations. Being born and raised in Denver, Steve and his family were all avid Broncos fans and when the Colorado Rockies came to town, Denver couldn't be a better place to live as a sports enthusiast like Steve. With his father and friends, Steve also traveled to play some of the famous golf courses around the US including Pebble Beach in 1993.
Steve adored his two children, Liz and Daniel. The adventures of his young adult life were not replaced, just modified, when Steve took on the more family-centered activities of coaching and parenting children who inherited his love of sports and the outdoors. Both Liz and Daniel were outstanding athletes through high school and continue to be excellent students, making Steve and Becky proud parents. The family took many trips with their children to softball, baseball, football, track and other sporting activities. The kids had recently joined him on their first 14er trek to the top of Quandary Peak.
Music was an important part of Steve's life. There were many Grateful Dead and other rock groups from that era that Steve went to hear over the years. The remaining Dead musicians are coming to Boulder next month, and Steve was excited for the show. He had been teaching himself to play guitar for the last few years after his mother gave him her guitar. Jerry Garcia's music was a particular favorite of his.
Steve was an organ donor. As such, his generosity will give sight to two people and honor his father's life's work.
He is survived by his wife Becky, daughter Liz and son Daniel, parents James and Phyllis Hersey of Albuquerque, sisters Susan Carmody and husband Jerry of San Diego, Karen Ellingboe and husband Brad of Albuquerque, and Ann Campbell and husband Roger of Albuquerque and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Steve's life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16th at the Parker United Methodist Church (11805 S. Pine Drive in Parker), lead by Rev. David Coe Van Deren and arranged by Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services, Parker Colorado.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with this unexpected loss at https://www.youcaring.com/beckylizanddanielhersey-820595