Steven Lee Ketchum
Nov. 24, 1963 – Nov. 28, 2019
Steve Ketchum was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 1963, and later became big brother to Scott and Lisa. His parents, Barbara and Sidney, cheered him on through many adventures and endeavors in life, from scouts to baseball to college and becoming a father himself.
In 1993, while living in Kansas City, he met his wife Miyuki and they were lucky to have celebrated more than 26 years with one another. Together, they enjoyed creating memories with their kids and grandkids, giving them, hands down, the best vacations ever!
Steve excelled in college and earned a degree in civil engineering, which took him from Idaho to Missouri, and eventually to a permanent home in Arizona. He retired from the City of Mesa after 19 years of hard work and dedication!
Steve was a loving father to his six children and a wonderful grandfather to six grandchildren. One of his major dad goals was to become Clark Griswold, which his kids can attest he certainly provided the Griswold experience!
Steve shared his passion for music, movies, and hobbies with all those around him. When he wasn’t making jokes and quoting lines with his family and friends, he was enjoying one of his many hobbies. He played multiple sports and read many books, and he enjoyed ski trips, playing cards with his family, spending time with his dogs, and jamming on the drums. He was also an amateur karaoke singer and dancer, and was a highly respected trivia master!
Although not a gourmet chef, a case could be made for his world-famous carrot cake and lasagna.
Steve is survived by his wife, Miyuki; his mother, Barbara; his children Alicia, Nathan, Alex, Hide, Dannae and Xyonane, as well as his grandchildren and many special friends.
He returned home to be with his father, Sidney; sister, Lisa; brother, Scott and beloved pets on Nov. 28, 2019. He will be forever remembered and treasured for the thoughtful, funny and loving man that he was. Party on, Steve!
A memorial service was held Dec. 4, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz.