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“I know each day Steve will be with you and Kyle, and give you strength to live life as he would want you to, with the help of your family and friends...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle Ventresca - CA

“Thea and Kyle and the rest of your family, my deepest condolences on the loss of Steve. May he rest in peace and may you all find strength and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Joy Real - Studio City, CA

“Rest in peace, Steve. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Owen Fernandez-Francisco

“May you find comfort in God's love and mercy. Eternal light shine upon you. Hugs and prayers to Thea and Kyle. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Leah and Greg - Redlands, CA

“love & prayers from BALITAAN FAMILY ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: era balitaan-corpuz - QC - friend

“I am so sorry for your loss, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Danielle - Braintree, MA

“May All who have passed on rest in peace. Prayers of Peace and Healing be all with the family. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Christian C. Aquino - Manila

“Don and I express our sincerest condolences to Thea and family. May Peace and Strength be with you. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Kim Orlando

“God Bless Steve's Family and Sorry for the loss of Steve. God Bless ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Vera Tylecek - LA, CA

“My deepest condolences To you and your family. May his memories give you comfort and know he is watching over you and Kyle. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Monica Craven - woodland hills, CA

“My every prayers for the eternal repose of Steve's soul... ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Winston Cayaba - jubail

“Thea, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Tom & Teena McGloin - Anaheim, CA

“Thea, both Teena and I have you and your family in our thoughts and paryers. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom & Teena McGloin - Anaheim, CA

“My heart and prayers goes out to the Iven's Family and Friends. May you all find comfort. Stephen rest in Peace. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Brandy Jackson - Leona Valley, CA

“Condolence ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Jose - New York, NY

“May you be in our Lord's loving arm... ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jhoiey Ramirez - Los Angeles, CA

“May you find peace in the days to come and in the loving thoughts that are with you now. With deepest sympathy. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Yee - Quincy, MA

“My sincere condolences to Thea, Kyle and the family. I pray that Steve has found eternal peace. Thea, may you continue to find strength in your...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Ana Linda Garcia


Like most of us, Stephen Ryan Ivens' childhood was filled with the usual promise of a resplendent future; however, his appeared to have been a combination of drive, determination and substance in character. Definitely cerebral and creative, he would draw objects with accuracy as they were from just a single glimpse. He and his sister, Michelle, wrote skits and short plays for the enjoyment of family and friends. He also taught himself to ride a bike. Steve definitely knew he had something to offer the world and strove hard to better himself. He built his individuality through the virtues that flowed from his kind heart.

He was a happy child, contented to be around the people he loved. He did lend a hand when needed and occasionally dug up bushes and cut the grass at his Uncle Jim's home. He was sincere and congenial in his ways, as though these were typical traits, unaware that a glow of affection circled his aura. He shed his shyness to show concern. "I'll help her and we won't let anything happen to her" were words he uttered when he learned why his Aunt Irene wasn't in the pool with his family one summer of long ago.

At one hundred thirty pounds, Steve decided he wanted to be an excellent long snapper in the high school football team of Braintree, Massachusetts. He perfected his skills through long hours of practice with his dad. He was obstinate to the point of impeccability, never relented and always focused on his non-vainglorious goals.

But it seemed as though Steve's destiny was set elsewhere. He must've known it from the moment he knew that life offered an array of options. He always had an absolute passion for California as a youngster that he created a fictional town called Braintree, California.

Sustained with the levelheaded advice from his mom, Cathy, and equipped with his incorruptible values, practicality and quiet confidence in his heart, the adventure of a lifetime and his search for a meaningful career as a police officer for the LAPD were so close at hand. California was a dream and his real life was about to begin...