Steve P. Garcia (Stevie), 62, beloved son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend, passed into eternal life on March 9, 2023. We have faced the time since his passing by cherishing memories we shared with him, and realizing how difficult it will be to fill the gap he left. The outpouring of love from extended family, friends, co-workers and community has been of great comfort, reminding us of the impact he had on so many here on earth and finding hope in the everlasting joy he knew was waiting for him in the arms of our Lord. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Tom C. Garcia, and nephew Brandon J. Garcia, and several beloved relatives who were heavenly hosts ready to greet him. He is survived by his mother, Jean; daughters, Sterling & Paris (fiance Nicolo) and their mother, Kendle, his former wife of 22 years; grandson, Jered; girlfriend of 10 years, Tilly; siblings, Mike (wife Helen), Tom (wife Molly), Jim, John, Sally (husband John) and Cyndi; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.
Stevie grew up in Southeast ABQ, embracing our loving large family and close-knit neighborhood. He made friends easily, and loyally fostered those friendships. People were drawn to his vibrant personality, quick wit, and natural intelligence. It also helped that he was a fabulous cook, preparing chicken enchiladas and carne adovada that were remarkable!
With a strong work ethic and business sense, Steve excelled in school, and at a young age helped in the businesses Tom and Jean owned, including Duke’s Cave, Silver Dollar Pawn Shop, Tommy’s Tower and Freeway Liquors. He moved on to management in the restaurant/hospitality industry (Bennigan’s and Austin’s Steakhouse) quickly working his way to leadership positions. Utilizing strong communication skills and proving his ability to follow-through on commitments, he transitioned to managing sales teams in the mortgage arena (Key Advisors Financial Group). He spent the past 10 years in the healthcare industry, starting at ACC Healthcare, and wrapping up his career as the Director of Operations for Dentrust Optimized Care Solutions, bringing portable medical/dental services to correctional facilities, eldercare facilities and National Guard troops. In all the aforementioned endeavors, Steve consistently built long-lasting relationships, increased sales and surpassed budgeted goals.
Steve truly embraced his Catholic faith, serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Risen Savior Catholic Church. He lived his faith daily, through worship, praise and thanksgiving. His service extended to Gate of Heaven Cemetery, where each first Saturday, he assisted with Mass in remembrance of loved ones who have passed. He will be celebrated forever at this Mass, as we seek consolation through gathering in prayer.
Steve rarely missed a day at the gym, placing physical fitness high on his list of priorities. He was very skilled (and competitive) in many sports, including golf, racquetball and cycling. Quite the bicycle repairman, he refurbished dozens of bikes he picked up at yard sales, and donated them to anyone in need.
The ABQ Meadows community where he lived is deeply feeling his loss. His easy charm and repertoire of jokes will be missed. Steve served on the residents’ Board of Directors; ran the “Med Shed” (organizing/distributing donated medical equipment to all residents as the need arose); was a master chef for large functions; provided maintenance for dozens of residents; and maintained the huge U.S. flag that flies proudly near the clubhouse. At the time of his death, he was in the process of repairing the flag, which had extensive wind damage. We are currently arranging to complete the repairs and vow to raise it again soon!
As our consolation is rooted in the hope of resurrection, we’ll celebrate with a Rosary on Friday, April 14 @ 6pm, followed by a prayer service/eulogy at 6:30pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, April 15 @ 10am. All services will take place at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE. Reception will follow Mass at Tramway Plaza Event Center, 9600 Tennyson St NE, where the family will look forward to greeting guests. In Steve’s memory, never miss an opportunity to express your love for one another!