It is with a heavy heart, that I write about the passing of an old friend, who was a founding member of Huntsville Space Professionals, that was created in June 2010. Steve was there to help model the website's layout and design and always dedicated to snapping photos at our events. Steve moved to Memphis, Tennessee two years ago to work on a veteran FedEx airplane that he had previous experience with. It was an odd move from his NASA engineer job, but I recall how passionate he was about getting back to work on an engine he had learned prior to his career as "The Factory Spectator" within Motocross world.
I remember our meeting back in 2007 outside of a NASA building, as he was wearing a bowling shirt, and seemed to be one of the most-laid back individuals, I had ever met. He was an infinite resource of news, space news and politics. There is so much he has imparted to me over the years, as one of my questions to him was about CAD checking process--as I at the time was becoming a lead supervising about 10 CAD designers. He was so casual about the whole process. He said, "Forget about the computer, server, and the database. Just replicate what you would do if you had manilla folders and hardcopies." This jewel of information has stayed with me, ever since.
It pains us to know you have passed, but we are so incredibly thankful for your time and wisdom. Rest in peace.
May 17, 1960 - May 8, 2013