A farewell to Stoddard

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The family of Steve Stoddard would like to thank the community of Los Alamos for their warm sympathy and loving remembrance of our dear Steve.
Steve passed away from this earthly life on May 24.
He so loved this community and gave so much to Los Alamos because it gave so much to him and his family over the years.
He was a member of so many organizations in town, including his beloved Kiwanis Club, the Elks Lodge, the Shrine, the Masonic Lodge, the Sportsman Club, the Los Alamos Public School Foundation and Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
He served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the former Mountain Community Bank and the LA Visiting Nurse Service and was appointed as one of the first trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and later the board of the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.
As a young man, he served his country with distinction with General George Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Steve was proud of his service to his country and was a loyal veteran of World War II. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Military Order of the World Wars.
He participated in many Memorial Day remembrances at Guaje Pines honoring his comrades who never came home and those who have passed away in the years after the war.
After earning his degree in ceramic engineering at the University of Illinois, then came to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory where he became an enthusiastic New Mexican. He was deeply respected by his colleagues at the laboratory and he gave far beyond his own career to this community and the state.
He helped build the community as one of the pioneers, serving as a justice of the peace, municipal judge and county commissioner. He went on to proudly represent Los Alamos in the New Mexico state Senate for 12 years.
As an avid sportsman, he was a proud member of the NRA and supporter of preserving the magnificent wilderness of New Mexico working with several national preservation organizations. He was proud and honored of being a Living Treasure of this town he so dearly loved.
Steve was dealt a challenging hand, health wise, one that led from being able to walk using a cane and eventually to a wheelchair.
Those challenges never defined who Steve was and he never let those challenges prevent him from doing those things that were meaningful to him.
His intelligence and sensitivity for those things he loved, contributing to the causes he believed in and doing those things he enjoyed was what defined Steve.
Steve was a special man who was a great human being and loving person. He trusted everyone and honored all regardless of their status or titles.
He had deep faith in God and we have faith and hope that our Lord now holds him in His arms and has removed the suffering of his last years.
Our family misses him beyond words and will continue to love him for who he was and to celebrate his life.
We humbly thank everyone for gracious hospitality and love in our time of loss.
Brian Boyer
on behalf of the
Stoddard family