Donald Ellsworth Steen

November 15, 1946May 13, 2014

Donald Ellsworth Steen, age 67, passed away on May 13, 2014 in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Trudy, of 45 years by his side. Don lost his long battle with complications from leukemia. Don was a highly successful entrepreneur known for his strategic insight, honesty, and integrity. He was also a loving husband, father, and grandfather who generously involved himself with charitable work. Don was born on November 15, 1946 in Rochester, New York to John and Dolores Steen. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After graduation, he went to work for Touche Ross (Deloitte) in St. Louis for 5 years. Don entered the healthcare field in 1973 with Hospital Affiliates International (NYSE) and was quickly promoted to Group Vice President. In 1980, Don left the hospital company to start Medical Care America, which became the largest provider of outpatient surgery services at that time. He was a true pioneer and visionary in this industry. He sold the company in 1994 to Hospital Corporation of America where he ultimately developed an international presence for them in Western Europe. Don stayed with HCA for 4 years and left as International President. In 1998, Don founded United Surgical Partners International (USPI). Today, USPI is the leader in the short stay surgical industry with 218 facilities across the country. Don remained Chairman of the Board for USPI where his leadership and knowledge continue to guide strategic direction for the company and industry.

In addition, he was Chairman of the Board of Aspen Healthcare, a London based private acute hospital system. In 2004, Don also became Chief Executive Officer of Ameripath, a leading anatomic pathology provider based in Dallas. Don and Trudy enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world together and with their friends and family. Don’s greatest passion was for golf which allowed him to attend the University of Missouri through a golf scholarship. He was a member of many prestigious golf clubs including Desert Forest and Whisper Rock. Don held leadership roles, such as President of Bent Tree Country Club, and more recently Don was on the Board of Preston Trail Golf Club where he was a member for 25 years. Preston Trail held a special place in his heart where he made lasting friendships. Don was involved with numerous charitable organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, MD Anderson cancer research, and Baylor’s Health Care System Foundation. Don ensured his legacy of charitable giving will continue through his family’s charitable foundation. Don is survived by his loving wife Trudy, son Marc Steen and his wife Shanna, daughter Michelle Kierein and her husband Dave, two brothers John and Greg Steen, sister Andrea McCormick, and brother in law Gary Trippensee and his wife Concha. He treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren, Kayla, Leanna, Alyssa, and Maxwell.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 5100 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX. Reception to follow at 5:30 pm at Bent Tree Country Club, 5201 Westgrove Dr, Dallas, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts in Donald Steen’s honor be made to the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75246


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July 31, 2014

Dear Trudy,

Being in Family Service at Sparkman/Hillcrest, I meet with many families. You are such an elegant lady, even in the face of unspeakable sorrow.

It has been my honor to serve you and your family and to assist in memorializing your Beloved Husband ~ God Bless you and your beautiful family.
Christyna Barker
Family Service Counselor Sparkman/Hillcrest

Vivian Wohl

June 24, 2014

I just learned of Don's passing and was so saddened. I invested in Don's company medical 21 when it was just an idea and invested again in his next company united surgical partners. Don was a prince of a human being. We will miss him. My thoughts are with the family.

Jim & Mary Buncher

May 29, 2014

We were very saddened to hear of Don's passing. Unfortunately we were out of the country at the time and couldn't attend the memorial…but our thoughts and prayers were with you and the family. We will always remember the good times we had over the 40 years we knew you and Don.

May 22, 2014

The Steen Family…Our family joins many others that discovered the joys of knowing the Steen Family for decades here in greater Dallas area…I can say for certain that no family has ever touched so many in a sincere thoughtful caring way!! Rare in business world to have such outstanding relationships as we have enjoyed with Donald & Trudy and their children!!! **matters**-"When of him there is no more…it matters that he was"-Peace & Love-Sammy & Ellen Kay Bickham Sr and our sons-Sammy Jr & Blake…..GOD BLESS…++….

Brian Makhuli

May 21, 2014

Very sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Henry Herr

May 19, 2014

Don had such a positive impact on so many people including myself. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

May 19, 2014

Dear Trudy, Marc, and Michelle,

I'm just learning about Don's passing. I so enjoyed working with Don and your family regarding your travel arrangements throughout the years. He holds a special place in my heart.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers,

Martha Shelby Beale

Richard Piatas

May 19, 2014

Dear Trudy,
Please accept my sincerest condolences in the loss of Don. He was a great man who was admired for his devotion to his family, friends and his profession. He touched many of us in various ways, leaving behind a memory which was life changing. I especially enjoyed his humor surrounding politics and the economy. May you rest assured that we are all here for you.

Barb Sypult

May 18, 2014

Trudy, We were so shocked to read of Don's passing and please know our sincerest sympathies go to you and your family. What a loss to our community and especially his wonderful family. All our love, Barb and Bob Sypult

Charles Miller

May 18, 2014

Dear Trudy,

I just heard of Don's passing last night. I had spoken with him by phone about six months' ago and he was so upbeat. Having known and worked with Don for so many years and having been friends for so long, I feel a deep sadness. Don was a true friend and I know what a wonderful family man he was. My heart goes out to you and the children. Please know you will be in our prayers. He will be missed by many but never forgotten.