My father passed away on Thursday.
Steven Spriggs passed away on May 2nd, 2019 while recovering from surgery. He was sixty-eight years old. Steven served thirty years in the military, as an officer and enlisted, active duty and reserve, in the Army and the Navy. A father of four, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janis, who passed away in 2010. He is survived by his four children: Jacob, Paula, Brooke, and Luke and one grandchild, Robert.
Steven was a complicated man. He served in the military, he taught yoga as a certified yoga instructor, he rode a Harley, and drove a tractor on his farm. He could give you his heart in one sentence and then dismiss your existence in the next. He could be kind and generous at one moment and at another, the most miserable bastard in the world. Steven grew up in an abusive family, dealt with PTSD from deployments, and in his final years he dealt with a chronic, painful condition as a result of injuries that eventually lead to his death. He retired from the United States Army after thirty years of service, serving two tours in Vietnam, deploying in the Gulf War and again in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He obtained two masters degrees, one in Plant Pathology and the other in National Defense. He worked construction, taught JROTC, instructed yoga, worked his farm, made beer and wine, and loved art and music.
A conservationist, Steven loved the outdoors. He was an avid hiker, camper, snowboarder, fisherman, and hunter. A Colorado native, he passed away in the state not long after returning home. Services will be held at Fort Logan Veterans Cemetery at a date to be determined.