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Donald Stegman

Donald August Stegman

Friday, April 16th, 1937 - Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Donald A. Stegman was born in Monte Vista, CO 4/16/37. The son of William Stegman and Rose (Higel) Stegman, Don graduated from Monte Vista H.S., Adams State College with a BA (1961), and received his Master’s Degree from Adams in 1964. He did advanced work at UNC in Greeley, CO and also at New Mexico University. He did all doctoral course work at UNM save the dissertation. He taught high school in Kansas and after working on his Masters and teaching several classes, he was hired by Dr. Fred Plachy at Adams State in 1964.

Don’s teaching career spanned over 30 years with 28 ½ years at Adams. He taught English, speech, and theatre classes at ASC and directed several plays as well as community plays. During this busy time, he served eight years on the Alamosa School District Board of Education. Post retirement, Don continued to serve his community as an AARP Drivers Ed instructor, served many years as a board member for Alamosa Senior Citizens, board member for San Luis Care Center, board member for the Veteran’s Center in M.V., and board member for Valley Educators Credit Union.

He spent many hours serving on various Adams State committees and boards: Hall of Fame for Educators, Hall of Fame for Athletics, and Recently the ASU Foundation Board. He served as committee member on the 100 Year Anniversary (2021) of ASU. Additionally, Don received the most prestigious award offered by Adams State University in 2011, the Billy Adams Award.

The outdoors were especially important to him, especially fishing. His gracious invitations to fish from one of his many boats at various lakes brought a smile from Don as various kids and adults hooked a good fish. He loved doing things for his family, friends, and neighbors.

Don lost the love of his life, Joyce, in 2005. Surviving him are his Children, Scott (Laura) Stegman of League City, Texas, Kara (Jerry) Nye of Alamosa, and Jeff (Leslie) Hawkins of Colorado City, Colorado. Grandchildren include Kyle, Landon, and Taylor; Raleigh, Sheila, Ellie, Helena, and Larry; and Brayden.

Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements. Services will be announced at a later date. To leave online condolences or words of strength for the family, please visit www.rogersfunerals.com.
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    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    2005 Mullins Avenue
    Alamosa, Colorado 81101
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Jay and Susan Robinson

Posted at 12:56pm
We want to extend our condolences to all of Don's family members. We always enjoyed our visits with him, mostly at breakfast at various establishments in Alamosa. He always had pictures to share of his most recent fishing adventure or outings with family members. He so enjoyed sharing those experiences with others.
Most recently Sue was informed that she had been selected to be part of Adams State Educator's Hall of Fame. When she viewed photo plaques on display of others already part of that group Don's photo stood out. She was honored and mostly humbled to be part of a group that included Don. He contributed so much to the success of those who partook of his expertise and to the success of the institution that has so greatly contributes to the well-being of the San Luis Valley. He will be greatly missed by the Adams State community and all who knew him.
Sincerely,
Jay and Susan Robinson

John Taylor

Posted at 04:41pm
Don was the epitome of a gentleman, educator, and artist. On behalf of his Adams State University Theatre family, we celebrate his lifetime of teaching, creating theatre, and being a vital and respected member of our San Luis Valley community. - John Taylor, Co-Chair, Department of Art and Theatre
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David Svaldi

Posted at 12:24pm
My deepest condolences to Don’s family. Don was the first faculty member at ASC to greet me 30+ years ago and welcomed me and my family to the Communications Department. He helped me make a transition to ASC and worked hard to make sure I felt included. He was a truly kind, good man who exemplified “Quality education with a personal touch.” He invited us into his home and showed me the art of fishing Colorado’s high lakes. When I retired 5 years ago, he again helped me through the transition and I will always treasure the memories of fishing with Don—he helped me catch the largest fish I have ever caught! Your Dad made a positive difference for students at ASC and in my life. He will be missed. Dave Svaldi
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Klkooiman@hotmail.com

Posted at 08:05pm
Don was a great neighbor and friend to my parents since I was a very little girl. Throughout my life, whenever I would encounter him he always made me feel very special by being interested in what I was doing. A very sad thing was that my mother asked me to find a number for Don. She said he had called a few weeks ago but he did not leave a number. Don passed away before I could find that number. Rest in peace.
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Rebecca Loften

Posted at 07:24pm
Don Stegman was one of my favorite professors. He was my advisor when I was an undergraduate as well as one of my instructors. When I returned as a grad student and grad assistant, I had office next to his. He helped me so much. I will always be grateful to him. Rest in peace, Donald Stegman.
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