Dennis Stevens

November 21, 1948March 14, 2013
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Lt. Colonel Dennis William Stevens USAF (Ret.) passed into the hands of the Lord on March 14, 2013, at age 64. He was born in Portland, Oregon, to Howard and Gloria Stevens. During high school, he was an athlete and a scholar, excelling especially in baseball. He was First Team All State in Baseball and First Team Honorable Mention in Football. He also set a new high jump record for his high school. He attended Linfield College on athletic scholarships, covering much of his tuition with summer sailing trips to Hawaii and the Orient in the Merchant Marine. He was a pitcher on Linfield’s NAIA National Championship Baseball Team in 1971 and was later inducted into the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration. During college, he met and later married Joyce Ann Greene, recently celebrating 40 years together. He entered the Air Force and was stationed at various locales in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific, supporting the Vietnam and Persian Gulf eras. Daughter April Christine was born in Okinawa, Japan, and son Matt William was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He concluded his career at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, after 32 years of service. He had a primary focus on faith and family, and especially enjoyed travel and athletic events. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Stevens, sisters Donna Lugibihl and Laurie Davis, brother David Stevens, wife Joyce Stevens, daughter April Zimmermann, son Matt Stevens, and granddaughter Alexa Zimmermann, as well as beloved nephews, nieces and family members across the U.S. and Canada. He was dearly loved and will be fondly remembered. A memorial service and brief reception will be held at Village Parkway Baptist Church on Thursday, March 28th at 10 AM. On Good Friday, a graveside service with military honors will be held at Ft. Sam Houston. Condolences may be offered online at Memorial donations may be made to Village Parkway Baptist Church – or to Baptist Children’s Home. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Laurie Mortenson

April 17, 2014

My sincerest sympathies to the Stevens Family. I worked for Dennis at March ARB, CA and he was the best boss ever. He supported my college endeavors and I now have my masters's in social work. I can remember his words..."what a goof!" he always made us laugh. We called him "master," because he knew how to put people in their place. Blessings to all of you. Laurie Mortenson, MSGT, USAFR

Rudy Lerma

April 17, 2014

Dear Joyce,my condolences on Dennis's passing, he was my boss at the 943rs TAG,March ARB. He will be greatly miss by everyone who knew him. My prayers are with you and your family.

Rudy Lerma MSgt, USAF ( Ret)

May 31, 2013


You don't know me from Adam, but I went to high school with Dennis (Big Daddy "D"). I haven't seen him since the day we graduated from high school but he has never passed from my memory.

Even in high school he stood out as a leader - quarterback, baseball pitcher, class president. He was focused, intelligent, close to a few, known and admired by many and made being on the honor roll look easy. He was a great dancer and had a style and way of being that was unlike any other.

It is a shock to those of us who knew him to hear of his passing - he who was so vibrant and full of life. I appreciate being able to see his life through the pictures you posted and it is good to know he found for himself a life-long love and created such a beautiful family.

It was an honor to know him and my hope is that these thoughts about him bring you joy.

Sha (Pat) Spady

Dotty Hanger

April 16, 2013

Dear Joyce, Matt, April, and Alexis-
We remember Dennis fondly and some good times we all had together. You have lost the strong head of your family and we wish you the strength he would have wanted for you. Love, Aunt Dotty and Uncle Dick Hanger

April 12, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Dennis passing. Your family is in my prayers.
Gerald Foret

April 5, 2013

Dear Joyce
thought my email address would show up but did
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don Hicks

April 4, 2013

Joyce - My deepest condolences on Dennis' passing! The two of you were always great friends to me at Linfield, and the news of Dennis' passing saddens me greatly. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Don Hicks (Houston, TX)

Rusty Rae

April 3, 2013

Joyce and family --
My sincere condolences for the loss of Dennis. As you know he was a fraternity brother at Linfield and I had other good times with him as I served as the Sports Information Director at Linfield at the time that the team made its run to the national title.
Those were really good and fun times and I remember fondly time spent with Denny.
Rusty Rae

Michael Smithey

April 2, 2013

It was an honor to have played baseball with Dennis at Linfield College. He was a critical part of our success and I am truly saddened by his passing. I greatly appreciate Dennis's service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. It was my good fortune to have known Dennis.

Vince Doherty

April 2, 2013

I was on the baseball team of Dennis' at Linfield College and on the 1971 baseball team when he won the Championship and am sorry to hear of his passing. I wish my best to his family and friends. I thank Dennis for his service to his country.