Steve moved to Arizona from Berkeley, California, in 1967 with his mother and three older siblings. After his mother passed away in 1976, Steve moved to Cornville to live with his grandparents. He is a graduate of Mingus Union High School and attended Yavapai College.
In 1982, Steve joined the U.S.A.F and spent many years stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1991 he returned to Cottonwood to raise a family and extended family. Steve has lived and worked in the Verde Valley since then, and is a former business owner in Cottonwood. He has been able to experience a much different Cottonwood when he was younger and looks forward to serving the growing community.