OBITUARY

Lucas Edward Stevens

February 20, 1958May 20, 2013
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Lucus Edward Stevens 1958 - 2013

Lucas Edward Stevens, 55, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away at his home on May 20, 2013.

Born February 20, 1958, in Miami, FL, Dr. Stevens was inspired by his own orthodontist and worked for him in high school. He grew up around the water and won many water skiing championships in the 1970s. Having found his “calling” for orthodontics at an early age, he completed his pre-dental studies at the University of Florida in two years, spent his third year of college in Europe as an exchange student, and then entered dental school at the University of Florida. Graduating at the top of his class, he then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his orthodontic education where he received his Masters of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics.

Realizing that Florida was his home, he returned to allow Dr. Irving Fleet, Tallahassee’s first orthodontist, the opportunity to retire in 1986. Dr. Stevens was blessed to have been married to Valorie since 1986. Together they raised three extraordinary children: Austin, Cody, and Emily.

He was involved in his church, particularly as a medical missionary in Panajachel, Guatemala, and served as a leader in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He was a martial artist (third-degree black belt in taekwondo) and was fond of aviation (private pilot), scuba diving, snow skiing, and snowboarding. His hobbies included computers, reading, and tinkering with his car.

Dr. Stevens was highly involved in organized dentistry, being President of the Leon County Dental Association and the Northwest District (of Florida) Dental Association. He also served as President of the Florida Association of Orthodontists. Since 1995, Dr. Stevens had been involved in the graduate orthodontic program at the University of Florida as a Clinical Assistant Professor. While primarily involved in the clinical training of future orthodontists, he also lectured to the residents in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at the University of Florida and Shands – Jacksonville. In 1996, Dr. Stevens became the first orthodontist in Tallahassee history to become certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists. As an orthodontist, Dr. Stevens always considered himself fortunate to work with the many outstanding dentists and dental specialists in Tallahassee, as well as his highly experienced and talented team. He strove tirelessly to think of each patient as a member of his family and carefully considered what constituted the best treatment for each individual. mHis dedication to both his craft and his family was second to none.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Robinson Stevens, Miami, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Valorie Lynn Stevens (née Young); sons, Austin Eugene Stevens and Cody Jackson Stevens; daughter, Emily Brooke Stevens; father, Harold Eugene Stevens, Miami, FL; his brothers, Larry Paul Stevens, Miami, FL and Lee Frederick Stevens, Ocala, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation/gathering of family and friends will be held in his honor on Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Culley’s Meadow Wood Funeral Home on Timberlane Rd. A Memorial Service will be held on May 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Porch de Salomon (porchdesalomon.org) or the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (www.s4L.org).

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 24, 2013
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The Streater Family

December 1, 2013

A truly great servant has passed on to be with the Lord. Our sons loved coming to the office for dental visits because Dr. Stevens made the experience so pleasant. He will be missed very, very much.

Donald Pate

August 9, 2013

Sorry to hear about husband.

July 10, 2013

a light so bright can never be extinguished by the likes of death

Jayme McCall

July 8, 2013

Valorie, We were devastated my the news regarding Dr. Stevens. We surely will miss that wonderful smile and quick wit. Praying a special blessing for you and the kids. Hope time will help heal your hearts. Also praying for the devoted staff that cared so deeply for him. Jayme McCall, Hannah McCall, Chelsie McCall and Lindsay Brown Calhoun.

West and Beth Lewis

July 5, 2013

Valorie and family. Words can not express our sadness for your loss. Although we lost touch over the last few years, my wife and I will never forget how you and Luke welcomed us in to you inner circle. May god provide comfort to you and the children.

Beverly Bonasorte

June 21, 2013

I'm shocked…I noticed the headline but never thought it would be Dr. Stevens.
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Steven's family and his office family! I echo others who state he was a lovely man whose work was highly recommended. His efforts have given both my boys beautiful smiles and I expected he would do the same for me. He was so thoughtful and catered to his patients. No other dentist or orthodontist would or has gone to such great lengths to create a warm and wonderful office environment with trains, finch aviaries, salt water fish tanks, art, family pictures, cookies, coffee and hired the most amazing staff. We feel blessed to have him be a part of our lives…

June 20, 2013

To Dr. Stevens family, staff and patients. I worked closely with Dr. Stevens in setting up his Boyd dental chairs and various equipment in his amazing office. My heart go out to you in your time of sorrow. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your hearts forever. Brenda Kitchens

Steve Sarbeck M.D.

June 18, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Steven will always be remembered, whenever I see my smile, I will think of him.
He always made me feel special and looked forward to seeing him. Words cannot express your loss.

Jeff Bumgarner

June 4, 2013

I first met Dr Stevens and his wife when they were my neighbors in Royal Oaks subdivision back in the late 1980's. Many years later, my daughter became one of his patients. He was such a good guy--I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathies to Valerie and his beautiful children.

Katherine Parker

June 4, 2013

Dear Valorie; We just heard about Luke's passing a few minutes ago. This was very shocking to us. You and Luke are valued friends and we have many fond memories of our times with you. We are very saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jonathan & Katherine Parker
kparker@legacylogo.com
303-816-8916