Stephen Kelly Gracey, 64, passed away surrounded by his loving wife Nancy, his family and life-long friends on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
Steve was born September 13,1959, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Emmett “Pete” and Betty Gracey.
Steve is survived by his wife Nancy and her son Dale John (DJ), three brothers, Robert, wife Suzanne, William, wife Kristine, Michael, and five nieces and nephews, Amy Gracey, Amber Lynch, husband James,
Scott Gracey, wife Elizabeth, Shawn Gracey, wife Frances and Lauren Gracey, as well as five great nieces and nephews, Emma and Charley Lynch, Lincoln, Greene, and Elliott Gracey.
A 1978 graduate of Cibola High School, Steve was a multi-sport athlete participating in football, wrestling, baseball and golf. He continued to be an avid golfer and became a talented wrestling referee who worked several NMAA State Wrestling Tournaments.
Steve worked for the Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation, Bob Popp Building Services in Colorado and retired from American Airlines after over 20 years of service.
Later in life Steve met and married the love of his life, Nancy and resided in Los Lunas. Steve’s sense of adventure took him and wife Nancy to many states and abroad. Steve was proud of his Irish roots and was quick to share with Nancy his love of Ireland. Together they enjoyed family, Ireland’s beauty, sharing a cold pint and singing along with the locals at The Annie’s Kilcurry, the family pub in Dundalk, Ireland.
Steve had many talents and a big heart. He provided loving care to his parents during their final years and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skills with others. Whether it was fly fishing, driving a stick shift or the art of hitting out of sand traps, Steve was there to guide and support others.
Steve a talented cook loved entertaining family and friends with delicious breakfasts, carne adovada and chile rellenos. He would light up a room with his laughter, bright smile, jokes and comments, some, when you would least expect it. He genuinely cared about others and was known for his behind the scenes acts of kindness.
Steve enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Georgetown, Colorado, his annual fishing trip with friends, playing golf with his three brothers and nephews, cheering on the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles. He loved music, enjoyed concerts and listening to his vinyl record collection from his father Pete. He and Nancy found pleasure in gardening and creating a beautiful outdoor space at their home.
Steve was so many things to so many people. He was a devoted, loving husband, a faithful son, a fun-loving brother, an encouraging uncle, a thoughtful friend with a soft spot for dogs; he was one of a kind.
We will always carry Steve’s free and loving spirit in our hearts.
We miss you “Reno”.
Until we meet again.
Special thanks to the UNM Medical ICU team for their professionalism, and compassionate care that allowed Steve’s final days to be filled with peace and dignity.
A celebration of Steve’s life will take place a later date.