In Memory


Steve Loftin

From Van Green


It is with a heavy heart and extreme grief that I attempt to recognize and show my appreciation for the life of Stephen Loftin. He passed away after developing Acute Leukemia. It is often said that friends are family you choose; he was one of my brothers since Jr. High. Our High School class has provided opportunities for many to sustain long term friendships and I have been fortunate to have several brothers. Steve and I supported each other through life’s cycles of marriage, children, divorce, travel and we were always in touch, even as life pulled us in different directions. We shared a home in the early Austin years while going to UT. Steve changed directions, joined the Peace Corps, was trained in Costa Rica and lived in a remote area of Guatemala. It was during this experience his love for the jungle ecosystems developed. He moved to Hawaii living on Maui for over 20 years. He married there and has two beautiful and successful daughters, Faith and Mariah. He was a very spiritual person choosing his own path through studies of Easter Philosophy and studying with Tibetan monks. He did not follow a dogmatic, organized belief system but preferred his own belief and interpretation. This was true to who he was, always taking his own path. He was a pilot, a deep-sea diver, raised cattle and horses, had extensive gardens of both legal and illegal varieties. He loved speed and risk-taking driving his motorcycle at high speeds, flying his plane and taking life one day at a time. He moved to Sedona, Arizona, another spiritual center. He started his own business, designing and building cabinetry and home remodeling which became very successful catering to the high end clientele. He has lived there for over 20 years.  He was always ready to receive visitors and has many friends there. 

As I age one of the realities is the acceptance and recognition of the losses of companions I have known. Many members of our High School class have been fortunate to have had long term friendships that have been sustained through the years. Shared adolescence and adulthood created a sense of brotherhood and family and provides continuity to life. In a sense, we have grown together. The longer the connection the more the relationship becomes a major aspect of our life.

​“It is chance that makes brothers, but hearts that makes friends”

​​​​E. von Geible

So, I must say good bye to my brother of heart, my thoughts arewith his daughters and my mind reflects on a lifetime of memories. How does one put into words the sense of loss in my gut? When someone has been there for you in difficult times, listening, advising, teasing, but being there, it becomes a given they will always be there. Like a spring that runs through the heat of the summer and does not freeze in the winter north wind, I have had a gift of friends being there. This gift of life long friendship provided support, confidence and a sense of belonging. However, that gift creates a profound hole in your heart, when that person departs.

​“They call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower, that man who has lost  ​his wife. And the man who has known that immense unhappiness of losing a friend by what ​​name do we call him? Here every human language holds its peace in impotence.”

​​​​Joseph Rioux

Good bye my friend, my brother

STEPHEN JOSEPH LOFTIN       December 14, 1949 - July 31, 2020

     Our father, Stephen passed peacefully at home in the early morning of July 31st from Leukemia with his daughters by his side.  He is survived by his daughters Mariah Loftin and Faith Chase, his loving brother and sister, John Loftin and Karen Kent.   He has four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces whom he also had strong relationships with.  He was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, attended the University of Texas, and then worked with the Peace Corp in Honduras.   He married and raised his family on a ranch on the island of Maui, Hawaii.  He was an adventurer, world traveler, pilot, deep-sea diver, raised cattle and horses, was a master gardener, avid bird watcher, and incredible jokester.  He enjoyed Sedona life for almost 30 years running his business, Peace of Mind Woodworking, in Sedona, AZ.  He was a very spiritual person, studying eastern and western philosophies.  This was true to who he was, always taking his own path.  We extend our warm appreciation to those who knew and loved him,   A Celebration of Life and Love on Maui is planned for a future date.  Love everlasting, Mariah and Faith


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08/03/20 09:49 AM #17    

Nicki Thompson (Tyler)

There are those people you want to see because of how they make YOU feel and Steve was that kind of sunshine and happiness for me. He was always smiling and made you laugh and enjoy the moment.  God bless his daughters and family and close friends as this is such a loss. Appreciated other comments on his life as I learned about another side of him. I will miss you dear friend.

08/03/20 12:32 PM #18    

Suzanne Gunter (Sheppard)

This news has shaken me. A gut-punch does sum it up. I will, forever, cherish the memories of us riding Hardy, my horse, after school. We'd make our plans in class and I would, surreptitiously, make my trot by his house to pick him up. We'd spend hours galloping up and down the trails of Overton Park. Those were sweet, innocent times back in those days. Thank you, Steve. ❤

08/03/20 04:43 PM #19    

Carl Weisser

I didn't know Steve very well, probably was in PE or a few classes in Jr High and High School, or occasionally at Van's house back in early years, I just remember him as fun-loving. I had no idea what a serious and profound journey he travelled in his adult life according to Van's account. I saw him at the 50th at Tom Rall's house and he seemed both happy and at peace, white hair and all, looking pretty trim compared to most of us. What I thought of him from a distance in Junior High if not High School was a guy who enjoyed not trouble making so much as harmless mischief. The last thing I remember of him was a smile and a twinkle in his eyes, like he knew me and accepted me for whatever I am and was engoying the humor all around us. Or maybe it was just the beer, but I don't think so. 

08/04/20 08:29 AM #20    

David Bloxom

Had not seen Steve since high school until our 50th reunion. Had a good visit with him and as many have stated ....he always made you feel good when you were talking with him. I did learn he no longer had any FW family connections other than friends.Great job Van in remembering and memorializing Steve! Always sad to loose another 68 classmate.

08/05/20 01:14 PM #21    

Pamela Wolens (Neimand)

I was so saddened to hear of Steve's passing.  Thank you Van for such a lovely tribute.  Steve was truly one of those few individuals whom everyone liked in high school.  He always had a smile, and was one of those people you just felt lucky to know. My condolences to his family. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. 

08/05/20 01:29 PM #22    

Jule Rutledge (Jennings)

Thanks Van for the beautiful words describing Steve, a friend to so many. He will always be in my heart and thoughts. Jule Rutledge Jennings

08/05/20 01:34 PM #23    

Lewis Hall, Jr.

I am so sorry for the lose of our great Baron Brother. At the last reunion I talked to Steve for over 2 hours and shared memories ( yes one of those memories was our time together in Austin with Van ).

That night we also talked about race horses and I promised to name one of my colts Loftin. I hope he can look down from heaven and see LOFTIN win the Kentucky Derby. I really will miss our brother's smile.

08/06/20 09:26 AM #24    

Robert Rios

Looking at the comments already posted I feel I do not have much to add.  Steve was rich with friends and love. He lived his life with gusto, with humor and adventure. I shall miss him. One of the things I remember most about him was his sincerity.He truely cared about his friends and kept touch with many of us. This last year we discussed our common infirmites and medical conditions. Steve was a source of comfort and concern and he helped me with the difficuties we both faced.. These memories of him shall not be forgotten- by any of us. Goodbye friend.


08/06/20 04:19 PM #25    

Suzie Allen (Graf)

Such a beautiful tribute Van. So eloquently said. Steve was a wonderful kind person and he will be missed ❤️   Suzie Allen Graf

09/03/20 09:44 AM #26    

Debbie Turner (Monroe)

This comment is from Patti Meese:

Hello, So saddened to hear about the loss of one of your classmates and an absolutely adorable man who I knew well. I would just like to post a guest message about this wonderful man. Thanks for your time.

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