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Mr Steven Dale Arter

July 6, 1957 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old


“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in times of sorrow.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

In the city of Madera, California on July 6, 1957, Steve Arter was welcomed into
this world by parents. Gene and Anna Mae Arter, and four older brothers, Norman,
Doug, Danny, Carl, and eventually a baby sister, Connie. He aHended Howard
Elementary School, Dixieland School, and Madera High School. In 1976, Steve and older
brother Danny ventured to Phoenix, Arizona to Rood CoHon, returning to Madera in
1994. Steve then spent summers truck driving for Johnny Deniz delivering grapes for

Steve met his wife, Lovina Arter, and her 8-year-old daughter, Jaimie Sullivan, in
the summer of 1997. Steve and Lovina were married later that fall on October 18, 1997 at
Valley West Christian Center. Many vacations were spent at their favorite spot in Morro
Bay. During their life together, Steve worked for Johnny Deniz, Steve Schafer, and Bob
Holding on their farms. He was a hard and dedicated worker and was never more at
peace than when he was on a tractor. He loved and took pride in his home and property
where he would plant fruit trees that produced peaches, apricots, plums, and
watermelons in the summers and pumpkins in the fall until he could no longer work
due to health concerns.

Steve baHled his health problems since his heart aHack in 2004. In January of
2020, after a serious illness left his kidneys severely damaged, he began dialysis
treatments. After four years of these harsh treatments, on February 9, 2024, he entered
hospice at home. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Super Bowl Sunday,
February 11, 2024, in the home he loved surrounded by his family that he loved and
who loved him. In the end, there was no more pain, no more suffering, but only love,
prayer, and grateful tears for the times shared with this wonderful brother and loving
and dedicated husband and father.


Memorial Service
February 22, 2024

4:00 PM
Valley West Christian Center
101 West Adell Street
Madera, CA 93638
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