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Stephen Michael West


tephen “Steve” Michael West was born on July 13, 1978 to Danny and Bonnie West in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He passed away on November 9, 2017 in Douglasville, Georgia on vacation, at the age of 39.


He is survived by his wife Jennifer “Jenne” Lynn Henry West; son Brandon Michael West; father and stepmother Danny and Wanda West; mother and stepfather Bonnie and Joseph Vadder; sister Lisa (Michael) Leccese; sister Cheryl Boyd; stepsister Susan (Drew) Faucett; stepbrother Joey Vadder; stepsister Shawn (Michael) Sahr; stepsister Yvonne (Robbie) Angell; stepsister Debbie Weaver and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.


Corporal Steve West was a Deputy Sheriff of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for over 10 years.  He was a Major Accident Traffic Investigator and Field Training Officer. Steve was given a posthumous promotion to Sergeant on the day of his funeral.


Services are planned for Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Indian Rocks Baptist Church.  A public visitation will begin at 10:00 am and funeral at 11:00 am. Sergeant Steve West will be buried at Curlew Hill Cemetery at 1:30 pm.

Special Acknowledgment

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a fund of support for Jenne and Brandon, in Steve’s memory, at

Friends, family and those who served with Steve are invited to share a memory and sign his guestbook below.

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  • Butch, Edette and Curtis Yancey says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time. Gonna miss ya Steve. Enjoyed working with you and being your friend. God bless ya buddy.

  • Jim Rudolph says:


    I loved watching you and Steve building your family and especially watching Steve with Brandon. This is hard to fathom for all of us. Kim and I are trusting God, we know he has you and Brandon in his hands. If you need anything, Kim and I want to be one of the people you reach out to.

  • Dave, Bridget, and David McCord says:

    Steve is a champion, he ran his race with a very bright tourch and crossed the finish line with Victory! His love for you, Brandon, and Jesus-was very evident in everything he said and did. While time on earth will feel like forever, you will see him again, one day and it will be amazing!
    Please know that we are praying for you and Brandon. We love you and are available if you need anything.

  • Efrain & Gloria says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are we you. You need anything, we are here! Love Efrain & Gloria. Im still not believing that youre having to go through this. Stephen will be missed but never forgotten!

  • Rachel Coleman says:

    Praying for your family. Steve made us all laugh in high school. He was always a sweet guy too. I still laugh thinking of him walking around on our senior trip with the coffee table around him like a turtle…..just to have fun.😂 Thankful for hope in the Lord during this grieving time and that the same God that Steve is praising face to face is the same awesome God that will hold you and guide you and give you sustaining strength each step of the way.❤

  • Tom McQueen says:

    Prayer for Steve West

    Written by
    Tom McQueen, Chaplain
    Gulfside Hospice

    Father in Heaven, while we will never forget the day you took your son, Steve, home to you, we will forever remember the years that his presence blessed our lives.

    Because of his faith in you, and the gift of hope that you have given to each one of us, we believe that we will share eternal life with you and with Steve in heaven when our spiritual journey has ended in this world.

    Father, you have given the gift of feeling and emotion to each one of your children. And we know that when death has taken someone so near and dear to us, there is a time of mourning and sadness. It is because we love Steve so much, that we yearn to see him again.

    And so, until we are reunited in heaven, let us remember and embrace those great qualities that made Steve very special to us. And by keeping his memory alive in our hearts and souls in this world, we will rejoice with laughter and happiness when we join him in our heavenly home forever. Amen.

  • Ruby & Joel Johnson says:

    Bonnie & Joe, we definitely are uplifting you and all who love Steve.
    Praying for peace that surpasses all understanding.
    All we can say is take life “ONE SECOND AT A TIME”.
    Much love, hugs & prayers for each and every one of you.

  • Linda Ruble says:

    I did not know Stephen as an adult, but I sure remember him as one of the kids at church, even remember when he was born. As so often happens, it seems inconceivable that he could be gone. My condolences to the whole family.

  • Bonnie Chancey says:

    I remember the day Steve was born and so proud of the man he became. He will be missed by so many of us.

  • Dottie McQueen says:

    My sincere condolences to the West and Vadder families. Steve was truly a wonderful person and will be deeply missed My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • Debi Fonshell says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you Jenne and Brandon.

  • Juan & Amanda says:

    I loved your big smile that always filled a room.
    You truly are a hero and are family to Dave and Anita.
    Praying for your family. See you in heaven some day.

    We love you,

    Juan & Amanda Leura

  • Barb Sarver says:

    We were very saddened to hear the news that Steve had suddenly passed away. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you to help you cope with this difficult situation. God’s love and Grace are always with you.

  • Maggie Hall says:

    My condolences to Jennifer and her family during this most difficult time. I’m so sorry for your profound loss. Sending up prayers for all.

  • Kelly Lioce Cummings says:

    I’m in a puddle right now after watching that video. Jenne, I’m at a loss of words, I cannot imagine what you and your family are going through but I do know your bond with Steve will last forever. Our prayers and love are with you, Brandon and your family.

  • Nicole Terry says:

    Jenne my sincerest condolences to you, the West and Vadder Family! As we all know, Steve is and was absolutely an Amazing Man! Great heart and would make you laugh at a drop of an pin!! He is missed and will never be forgotten. You Jenne, your Son Brandon are held in great prayer!! Hold close to God’s promise -Be strong and courageous… He will not leave you or forsaken you. Deuteronomy 31:6
    Best Blessings to you Jenne, Steve’s parents, siblings and entire family!!!!!!!