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Steven D. Simer

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Steve, formerly from Jackson, TN lost his lengthy battle with cancer and has gone to be with the Lord. He was born in London, England and raised as an "Air Force brat" until 1971, where he resided with his family in Jackson. Steve loved to play baseball, football and golf. He played football for South Side and graduated in 1978. He served his country by joining the U.S. Air Force. When he got out of the service he eventually moved to San Antonio, TX. He worked for the city, lived in the country (Seguin) and raised his beloved horses and dogs with his wife of 18 years, Gail Simer, of Little Rock, AR. Also surviving is a son, Brian Simer of Syracuse, NY and two step children, Elizabeth Boykin and Joe Dodson, of Little Rock, AR. He also leaves his father, Sam Simer (Faye), his mother, Patsy Haggard, and a sister Sherry Bivens (Joe) all of Jackson TN. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 7PM Thursday, May 21st with fellowship following at the Country Church, 1101 FM 78 W in Marion, Texas. He also requested for his ashes to be scattered out west where the wild horses roam. The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 8115 Datapoint Dr. San Antonio Tx 78229. To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries. Arrangements by Meadowlawn Crematory and American Mortuary, San Antonio, Texas. (800)641-9992.

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  1. Steve, I loved you so much and I hope with all that I am that you realized it. I lived with you and mom for the last 2 years after you both took me in after a difficult time that I had been having. I miss you so much Dad. You have been the father that I didnt have and I know you did the best that you coulc. I love you and I will miss you deeply for the years to come. I love you DAD Joey

  2. I’m sorry to learn of Steve’s passing. We never met, but exchanged email correspondence. He was a fine person, and the world will miss him.

  3. Dear Sir Steven, I finally get to see a good picture of you on this website. Handsome! The only one I had was you sitting in a chair and you put that picture on a Music CD you made for our Drill Team “Glory Bound” several years ago. You stayed up all night at the last minute to save me because our Music CD didn’t work after I downloaded it. And then you sent it express mail to me at no charge for the next day drill performance. We had many talks outside of Flagriders and you became a good friend. During our talks or writings what I admired most of all is how you always told me how much you loved Gail. You never said anything negative about anything or anyone. You may have thought it though. And you would always catch my interest when you would think of ways to start a new business adventure. I wanted you to succeed in your dreams as much as you did. You lived your life to the fullest Steve. You have no idea the legacy you left behind in Flagriders. It was always fun talking to you. You said you wanted to come to California, now all you have to do is look down and I will look up and smile at you. You will know it is me I will be waving back at you. Someday I will drive through Texas and see Sequin. You have told me so much about it I even looked it up on the Satelite pictures too. Dear Gail and Family, We loved him too! I never knew a braver man. I am not afraid anymore to meet my maker someday all because of Steve. God Bless you all. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend. Sincerely, Linda Keifer, Wilton, CA California Cowgirls

  4. Steve – You are one of the good ones. Without you I never would have gotten on Shadow – you pushed/encouraged and embarrassed me until I could not stand it and I did it! You were there when Ana needed help or advice. Thank you. You were there when I needed a shoulder. Thank you. Words cannot say how much you meant you to my family and I. You will be missed. Lisa

  5. Steve you were loved by so many people on Flagriders, and you will be missed by them all. You were a kind and giving person and made our drill world a different group than any other group of people in the world. God knew he needed you up there, and gave you the ultimate compliment by bringing you home, altho it leaves a big hole in all our hearts. We talked on the phone and on line about Texas, Oregon, drill, horses,hay, and GOD. I feel very lucky to call you “a friend” I loved how you always put Gail in our conversations, and how you loved her with all your heart, and when we talked about our horses, you were as much in love with your horses as I am with mine. I know you had tough times recently and I also know you were brave because of your love for the Lord. We will all miss you Steve, but the next time I hear the Thunder here in Oregon, I will know you have started your drill team and you will be riding with all those beautiful horses we have lost in our lives. Gail, you are strong, and well loved by this group of Flagriders, and like Steve and everyone one of us on Flagriders, you too are part of our family, and we will be here for you as well. May God bless you and hold you tight during this hard time for you and your family

  6. Steve will certainly be missed by many people across the United States in the Mounted Drill Team community. He was an asset to us all. Gail, I send my condolences to you as I know you will miss him dearly. We are very saddened for the loss of Steve as he was such a wonderful, kind and gentle person. My sympathy and thoughts go out to you and your family.

  7. My heart goes out to the family of Steve. It is hard to lose someone so special. (I was Steve’s school bus driver (!!) and remember him so well….he was special then too!)

  8. Steve was a very special brother to me, as well as my husband Joe. We were always siblings, fighting, sharing, loving and just being able to share thoughts with one another. We both had a love of animals, especially dogs, cats, and horses. He would do anything for his “little” big sister (due to my height and older than he), as I would for him. We shared a special bond that only siblings can have. He will forever be in my heart and I know he is in heaven with our friends and families that have gone on before us.

  9. Steve – It hurt my heart to hear of losing such a great horseman and friend to the drill team community. I have memories of cutting up with you in East Texas at the USEDC when you helped me, after an extremely hot run at the competition, walk my horse to the wash bay and cool him off. I know you have no more suffering. You were a brave warrior against the battle that was given to you while on this earth. You, my dear friend, have transferred your love & faith for God to so many, and you have given me a renewed faith in a wonderful life to come. Next time I hear the thunder rolling across the sky in East Texas I will know it is you riding that handsome steed that you spoke about so many times across the green fields in heaven. Gail, though we have never met, I feel through my connection with Steve on Flagriders, your family holds a strong and true love for each other. I can only imagine what a challenge that God has placed in your and your family’s hands. I hope that he gives you and your family comfort during this time. Always remember that the drill community is a strong one, and we’re here for you to lean on. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you & your family

  10. Steve, You were such an inspiration and blessing to so many people and myself as you fought your battle with cancer. You were always in good spirits and your life was a great testimony of your faithfulness to the Lord. You will be greatly missed by all. Cindy Bell

  11. May the Lord watch over your family during this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

  13. My prayers for comfort are with the family. Steve & Gail were my neighbors for 8 years. Steve used to bring his horses into our mobile home park and let them “mow” his grass. I enjoyed seeing him work with Aggie & her foal, Spirit, to perform for the kids; bow, give him kisses, count, etc. I will never forget him & his love for his horses. I will miss him.

  14. We will truly miss Steve as a good friend and a fellow horseshow committee member. Steve always had a smile and a quick wit even when our work days were long and hard. I know he will be with us to open the new facility. Steve and Connie Daubenmire

  15. To the Simer family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Steve was such a wonderful guy, and we will miss him dearly on the Horse Show committee.

  16. Time passes so quickly and with it goes some of our loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gail. I am happy that he no longer suffers but is with God!!

  17. Steve was an extraordinary individual who gave unselfishly of himself to all. We thank the Lord for the time he blessed us with Steve’s humor, kindness and gentle nature. We know that his spirit will always ride with our rodeo family. Gail, through this difficult time our prays are with you. May you have solace in knowing that Steve left a legacy of love to engulf you and give you the strength to go on. Prayers and Blessings, Denise Weaver-Rodriguez and Martin Rodriguez Horse Show Committee

  18. Dear Gail: There are many of out here from the flagriders group that loved Steve too. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, but know that there are lots of us out here with you sharing in you loss. He will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  19. Gail, I hurt for you and wish I could take some of the pain you are going through. I’m sure you know how much Steve and you mean to me. I will miss him and his hugs at the Hore Show meetings terribly. Please let Ernie and I know if we can help in any way.

  20. Dear Gail, You were prilivledged to be married to one of the kindest, warmest men in the world. I didn’t know you and Steve long, but your welcome and interest made it seem life-long. Hope the angels enjoy drill team work! Love, Corey

  21. Condolences and with Sympathy at your loss of Steve. He was a good friend and co-worker. Jerry & Beth McCaulley

  22. My deepest sympathy. His work space was just outside my office. He spoke very highly of his love for his family & horses. He was a very proud man & he will be greatly missed.

  23. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers which go out to all in your family. If you need us we will come.

  24. Gail and Steve have been friends of my family for a long time. I have known him since I was a little girl. Steve was a wonderful and caring man he cared for my brother and I like we were his own. I love Steve with all of my heart and he will always hold a special place there. On behalf of my mother and family, I say we love you. We will miss him dearly. May God rest his soul in heaven.

  25. When Steve bought his first horse he brought it out to my house because he didn’t have a place to keep it any more. Steve and Gail and I had a great time with our horses. He will be missed.

  26. I have so many good memories on the Horse Show Committee with Steve. He made the shifts that much more entertaining and fun. He will definatly be missed. Especially by me, especially in February.

  27. It was a pleasure to work with Steve at the Rodeo. He was always kind and had a great sense of humor. Carrie, Courtney and I hope your loss is made just a little easier by the fact how wonderful Steve is remembered. The Barritts.

  28. I always thought Steve and Gail made such a handsome couple. I knew Steve before the cancer came to live with him and he was fun to be around. He usually had a smile on his handsome face. I sat at their table before the prayer meeting started(we had supper before the meeting) one Thursday evening and he kept us all entertained. He was fun to be around and I am going to miss him.

  29. Dear Gail, What a blessing and honor to have met you and Steve. Steve was so courageous with his battle with cancer and I knew the Lord was with him. There was no doubt Steve loved the Lord and he knew that he was going to heaven. I don’t believe I have ever heard quite the beautiful description of heaven as spoken by Steve in his letter that was read in the Celebration of Life services. It touched my heart. You have many beautiful memories to hold. May God comfort you and keep you close during this difficult time.

  30. My thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family and friends. I went to school with his sister Sherry and we have been friends and neighbors for a long time. God Bless and keep you always. Peace, Gina Shytles Watkins THERE ARE NO REAL ENDINGS …JUST NEW BEGINNINGS. Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives. Norton

  31. We were friends for many years, although we’ve never met. The common bond of horses & the love of drill brought us together over the internet and a few times we shared a conversation over the phone conspiring about all things horse related. Steve touched the lives of many near & far and his presence here on earth will be dearly missed. I regret not making it to the USEDC before his passing. My heart aches for you Gail and I pray that you will find peace in knowing that his suffering is no more. Steve is in a place much better, watching over you and waiting until the day you can be together again. God Bless. Jean & Houdini

  32. Steve will always be a very special person to many of us from South Side High School. We grew up together playing football and baseball. Except for the reunions many of us lost touch with Steve but he came up often as we remembered the good times we had in school. He will be greatly missed.

  33. Dear Gail, We were very sad to see Steve go but the pain was so tremendous it was difficult to see him struggle on. Brother Butch showed the emotion we all felt. Steve’s struggle was such a inspiration to the Country Church Cancer Group and I told him at his last meeting he didn’t know how many people in out group received such an attitude adjustment from seeing his bravery in the face of pain. As I told you several times you have had the difficult time and we’re all praying for you and continue to pray for you and the family. Again Gail, if you need any kind of help, please call. Keith and Sue McDonald

  34. May God Bless Steve’s family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  35. Steve will be greatly missed. We had a lot of fun back at South Side Jr. and Sr. High school playing football together. Steve was one tough cookie. You always knew that he would never back down from anything. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.

  36. From the moment I met Steve, I could see how much he loved his wife, Gail, and his son, Joe. He kept them from falling apart when times got difficult. He always remained calm but strong. He didn’t let anything bring him down. I will miss him! I know that this is not goodbye but “see ya later”, “in Heaven” LOVE, JANIE

  37. Gail, Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. I will always remember Steve as a “straight shootin” stand-up guy. His good sense of humor always brightened up our days (and long nights during storms) at the tunnels. As a man of strong faith, he is certainly in a better place. Steven will be missed by all who’s lives he touched. Robert Anderson Broker, First Realty / Elite Development 1113 S. Casino Center Drive Ste #2 Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

  38. My deepest condolences to YOU.I loved You both very much. I will continue to love you through God.God be with YOU, anyway I can help,let me know. GOD bless YOU Larry

  39. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.Steve was a good friend and a great man. Johnny Cain

  40. To Sherry & the Simer family: My deepest sympathy on the loss of Steve. My God be with you all.

  41. Steve never met a stranger and he was always the first to lend a hand. He will live on in all of us that knew him. We talked several times about how his faith would see him thru and it has. A pleasure to be his friend. Pam and Gary Bonner

  42. Even though we had never met we shared a love for horses and the love of drill. I know things are much better now and can only hope you are riding high up in that sky. With my love and prayers.

  43. May god bless you and your family at this time of need. Steven was a good person and he loved his family and horses, and great co-worker he will be missed.

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