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O'Keefe, Steven B.

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September 18, 1944 - January 3, 2015

O'Keefe, Steven B.

Steven Binford O’Keefe, 70, of Sunset, Texas passed away January 3, 2015.

The son of Mike & Virginia O’Keefe, he was born September 18, 1944, in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He grew up in Memphis, TN attending Central High School and Memphis State University. He was drafted into the Army and was a distinguished Vietnam veteran receiving the Silver Star for valor and the Purple Heart.

Steve had a deep love of music. He was a member of “The Counts” throughout high school and college, playing venues across the Mid-South and later playing with the band “Solid Gold”.

He was an extremely caring and outgoing man who made others feel important. He enjoyed learning about new people and places and helping Army buddies stay in contact by organizing several reunion events.   Steve enjoyed woodworking, travel; and sharing good food and wine with family and friends.  No matter where in the world he was, he always seemed to run into someone he knew. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cynthia, two children Amy Castillo (Tom) and Jason Crawley (Melissa), three grandchildren Wesley, Caelan and Allie Castillo, and sisters Patty Grimes and Kathleen Durbin.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 9th at Church of the Holy Communion, 17405 Muirfield Drive; Dallas, TX 75287 at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Steve’s name to one of the following charities that support causes close to his heart: Operation Homefront, American Cancer Society, and/or your local chapter of the SPCA.

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John & Patty Grear

January 07, 2015 4:20PM

Buddies all the way back to grade school in Memphis,best of friends all through school and the Counts career.Keptin touch through Nam years and beyond till now.Steve was not only an all around great guy, but was a "cool guy" all his life.Our lives were better for having him in them; he will never be forgotten.


Richard D. Frazar

January 07, 2015 8:54AM

Cynthia-

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing.

You probably don't remember but Steve and I worked together for a few years at the former Mercantile Bank in Dallas plus I might have had something to do with his becoming the head of the loan department at the former InterFirst Bank. At any rate, Steve and I have stayed in touch over the past 30 years or so. He was a wonderful person, a very good coworker, a person I highly respected, a good friend and he will be missed by all who knew him. My sympathies to you and the rest of his family.

Dick Frazar
Dallas, Texas


Monte Southwell

January 07, 2015 8:24AM

I am so sorry for your loss to you and your family Cynthia. Keep his memory close to your heart. God Bless and RIP Steve.