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Upon returning to Los Alamos as a young man, my family relocated to White Rock where I had the opportunity to live across the street from Senator Steve Stoddard.
I had known the Stoddards from growing up in Los Alamos so the move allowed me to renew old friendships.
Over the years, Steve and I would have occasion to visit on Sunday evenings, where we would sit together and discuss the issues of the day and issues related to state politics.
During this time, I would always recall that Steve would start by saying “Well … Alan as you know …” This was normally followed with educational information and a story or two that was always entertaining and very informative.
After several years, both our families left the neighborhood, and although we were unable to continue our Sunday evening talks, we would visit at community events or activities. We would spend five to 10 minutes discussing the issues of the day.
I will always remember Steve’s ability to look at the big picture and provide advice. If he did not have the answer, he was able to use his vast network of contacts throughout the state to provide assistance. I, along with so many others in the community, would like to thank and remember Steve as being a friend, mentor and dedicated public servant.