Donald F. Stevens
August 02, 1931 - September 11, 2010
Donald F. Stevens, died September 11, 2010 at his home in Troy. He was 79 years old. Mr. Stevens was born August 2, 1931, in Saginaw, to Vera (nee Cooper) and Frank Stevens. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1953, and was honorably discharged after completing active duty in Korea during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Stevens received his BS and MS from Michigan State University. He taught criminal justice at Kent State University, Wayne State University and the University of Detroit. Mr. Stevens established the first Departments of Public Safety and served as the Director of Public Safety at both Wayne State University and the University of Detroit.

He coached and managed numerous youth baseball teams for Northwest Junior Athletics (NWJA) in Detroit during the 1960's and 1970's. Mr. Stevens was very active for many years in the parent organizations at Gesu Elementary School, Immaculata High School and the University of Detroit High School and Jesuit Academy. He also served as the President of the "Friends of the Library" in Harrison, Michigan.

Mr. Stevens was a lifelong devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers. He loved books and read voraciously, especially history. Most recently, Mr. Stevens spent his summers on Long Lake in Harrison, Michigan and his winters in Avon Park, Florida.

According to his children, Mr. Stevens lived everyday of his life as a reflection of the Biblical verse Matthew 7:12: "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets." He was the kindest, most compassionate person his family had ever known.  He will be deeply missed.

Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth J. Satterlee and former husband of Agnes M. Stevens.
Mr. Stevens is survived by his children Catherine (Stephen) Honka, Lynn (Joseph) Naoum, J. Andrew Stevens, Teresa (Christopher Davis) Stevens, Mark (Sherrie) Stevens, Jerome (Ofelia) Stevens, and Patrick (Celia) Stevens and 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Audrey (Bill) Palmer, Sharon (Larry) Brefka, Darlene Filiczkowski and Bonnie Shaw; brother, James (Gretchen) Stevens and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Stevens is preceded in death by his son, Donald A. Stevens, parents, Frank and Vera K. Stevens of Saginaw, and brothers, Kenneth (Evelyn) Stevens, Thomas (Sherry) Stevens and Lyle (Vernita) Stevens.

Please join Don's family at a gathering in celebration of his life on Saturday, October 2, 2010, from 1-5pm at the home of his daughter, Lynn Naoum, 4696 Bentley, Troy, Michigan  48098.

Memorials appreciated to Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Avenue, Detroit, 48201, Gesu Elementary School, 17139 Oak Drive, Detroit 48221 or the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, 8400 S. Cambridge Ave, Detroit 48221.

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There are some people in this world I have met through my life that bring out the inherent good in people. Mr Stevens was one of those people. I remember from my early years hanging out on wildemere .The pep in his walk ,that awesome grin he had and the outstretched hand that always made even a stranger feel welcome and of course you could always hear ernie harwell commentating the tigers game out the windows. I also recall as an adult i ran into Mr Stevens as I was coming home from a particularly rough day at work.I had stopped for gas and he was there filling his car up.even after 20 years i recognized him right away. I felt compelled to say hello.As i shook his hand and said hi he instantly changed my mood. His smile and ever present upbeat demeanor had that effect on most. my sincere condolences to the family.May god bless and keep him. Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

Cathy, Lynn, Terry, Mark, Andy, Jerry, Patrick Your Father was one of the finest young men I have ever met. He was an excellent role model for all of you. Know how grateful I am that all of you have been part of my own life. I will say Mass for your Dad on Sunday, October 3rd at 8:30am. My condolences also to Aggie. God bless you all. Love, Fr. Marka (aka; FAZ)

Fr. Mark Di Nardo

Dear Stevens family, My condolences to you at this time of loss. You father was a wonderful man, and you and he remain in my prayers. "Eternal rest grant unto him, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him" Sincerely, Tom Hagerty

Tom Hagerty

Don will be sorely missed. He and I were friends, classmates and teamates for 63 years. A finer person never lived. I will miss him greatly

Jim Romaker

I have many fond memories of Wildemere and playing in the yard with Patrick, block parties, and speeding down the driveway on our big wheels! Your Dad was always so nice and happy. I'm sure my Dad and your Dad are having coffee and sharing memories. Love to you all. didi

Diane Honka

My favorite memory of Don was his positive attitude. When asking how he was, his common response was "if I were any better, there'd be two of me." what a gift to leave to the family! He was contagious, always smiling. He will be missed by many, I'm sure. ;-)

Sue McInerney

Lynn, Joe, Katie, Emily and Mary Rose: During the difficult last few months, it was wonderful to see how all of you came together to take care of Lynn's father. I did not really know him, but he was certainly lucky to have such a devoted and loving family. Take care all of you.

andy broder

Don was my very first boy friend. That was 65 plus years ago. We were in junior high. He was kind, considerate, generous, and very very funny. He was always a joy to be around, and I adored him. He exhibited that same collection of admirable qualities and wonderful sense of humor every time I saw him--or even talked to him--in the years since. After I reconnected with Don at our 50th high school reunion, my husband, Duke, and I spent almost a week with him at his home on the lake in Harrison and visited him again in Florida. He was a such a gracious host. My life has been so much richer for having known him. We extend our most sincere sympathy to all of his family. We will all miss him dearly. Janice (Hackett) Rawson


Dear Stevens Family, Our families will always be connected with the memories shared on Wildemere. Your Dad was a very special person in the neighborhood, with his quick smile and friendly hello. Even though I haven't seen him in years, this photo of your Dad brings back a wonderful warm feeling.

Teri Honka Arbenowske

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