Don Steven Jenkins

Don “Steve” Jenkins, 64 of Reno NV, met our Lord on Nov. 14, 2021.  Known best by his family and friends as Steve, or by all their children as Uncle Steve, he will be missed dearly by all who knew & loved him.

Steve was born on 1/1/1957 in Hollywood, CA to parents Christine and Don Jenkins.  He was one of 2 children.  He was preceded into our Lords arms by his Father Donald, and his Sister Diane.

Steve is survived by his Mom Christine Eusebio, Wife Margie and her son Logan Tankersley (Erynn), and his “adopted kids” Jacque Felsheim (Chad), Jennifer Zulandt (Tom), and his “adopted grandchildren” Kylie, Cami, Abby, Emma and Hank.

As a young man, he was an avid backpacker, hunter, camper, off-roader, fisherman and motorcycle enthusiast.  He was a skilled Racket Ball instructor and Semi-Pro, and owner of his own pool service company, but held his Faith in the Lord first and foremost.

Steve was aptly nicknamed “MacGyver” for his uncanny ability to find “items” to fix; or repair things that broke at the most inopportune moments.

Never being blessed with children of his own, Steve was “The Uncle” to all his friends’ children.  He made each one feel like they were his favorite.  All the little boys thought he was the coolest Uncle and the little girls would compete to see who got to sit next to Steve in his little truck on group trips. (Pretty sure the girls all had a major crush on him, even though they were only 7 years old.)

As time passed, Steve moved to Reno where he began his career with AT&T.  He loved his job and the people he worked with.  He had lifelong friends already living near Reno when he moved up there, so he was excited about this new chapter in his life.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities, gun shoots, and a charity dirt bike ride called the Colorado 500 with his longtime riding buddies.  In recent years, with both knees giving him trouble, his interests became less motorcycles and more mountain biking, camping, off-roading, and fishing.

Steve searched for most of his life for the ideal woman to share it with, and in August 2013 he and Margie found each other.  They married in July 2014.  Their interests were closely intertwined, and their Faith in the Lord were a match. He met the Love of his life, the search for his perfect wife was finally over.  They were married amongst family and friends, and enjoyed 8 years together camping with friends, cooking, off-roading, and just spending time with each other.

Steve was a part of so many lives, and with his love for talking and sharing stories, he could get you to open up and feel his comfort in any situation.  He had a heart of gold, and always had a warm hug to greet you.

Knowing Steve, he has already found the perfect campsite, and fishing hole in Heaven, and as we mourn his loss, he is catching the Biggest Fish!

Memorial services for Reno and Southern California to be postponed until a later date due to Covid.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation in memory of Steve Jenkins to Food Bank of Northern Nevada or Salvation Army Reno.

19 Comments. Leave new

  • So grateful for Steve’s life and friendship. He will be missed. I look forward to getting “caught up” with him soon!

  • Steve was my brother’s age and he was over at our house so much, I got to know him well. Steve was a great man of God and a fast dirt bike rider. See you soon Steve and Margie, I’m so sorry. Steve was amazing.

  • Richard & MeChel Ferrel
    November 24, 2021 5:46 pm

    Beautifully written and perfect picture of who Steve was here on this earth. We are deeply sorry for this life taken so quickly but peaceful knowing he’s in the better place … Heaven🙌🏻

  • Joey Funicello
    November 24, 2021 5:51 pm

    Everything said is so true. Steve was such a giving person also with a tender heart to people in need. Missing your warm smile already. Until we meet again friend.

  • What a beautiful tribute to Steve. So sorry for his loss. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  • I was lucky to spend a couple of days with Steve and Margaret little over a month ago in Reno. He fixed a couple of great dinners and we had some fun conversations together. I will miss him

  • So very sorry for the loss of a precious soul. Hugs and prayers for the family.

  • Marge
    We are so bummed and sorry for what sounds like everyone’s loss in Steve’s passing, but especially yours.
    We are with you with thoughts and prayers.
    John Hogan

  • my heart aches, I miss you Steve. All the fun times I’ve had together with you keep playing over in my head. We had the best of times all of us

  • I am so grateful that I got to fish with Steve one last time. I had a great time with him, Ed and Greg while we fished, ate great food, and most importantly, talked about an array of subjects. I always enjoyed talking with Steve as he was always in a good mood. Words cannot express how I feel about him leaving us. Margie, please accept my condolences and stay strong. Until we meet again Steve. Love you buddy!

  • Lovely photo, words and man.

  • Patricia White
    November 25, 2021 6:40 am

    Steve had the most genuine Smile and loving heart! I always loved every time I would get to see him! Rest In Peace my friend, I know you are in a better place! 🙏

  • What a beautiful testament to Steve’s life. He was amazing and was so loved! Our lives are richer for knowing him! Rest In Peace my beloved friend!

  • Larry Whitehouse
    November 26, 2021 5:37 pm

    It’s still hard for me to believe, but he’s with our Lord. We will meet again .He can now see what we can only imagine

  • Debra Douglass
    December 3, 2021 12:43 am

    Great fun guy miss shooting with you

  • Robert COOPER
    December 4, 2021 4:21 pm

    We were roommates for a short time but are brothers in CHRIST forever! I remember Steve for his athletic and always active endeavors and his warm, positive personality. Always, steadfast in his faith. Though We haven’t seen each other in many years, I am looking forward catching up, when my time comes in a much better place.

  • If there was any man that had the Holy Spirit living in him and lived by the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control It was Steve. What a wonderful person to know. He will be missed.

  • Steve was a great coworker and even better friend. He was a genuinely caring person. A true Christian in every sense of the word. I knew Steve for many years and he always had a smile and kind word for everyone he met. Even though he was a ‘happy’ guy always, I saw true happiness in him when he met Margie, after meeting her and seeing them together, I knew he had found the person he was searching for. My heart is hurting for all of us who knew and loved Steve. I know he is with God now, fly fishing .

  • JoAnn Kavanagh
    January 2, 2022 5:05 am

    So full of grief and sadness to hear of Steve’s passing. Today is his Birthday. He loved his B-Day. I’ll remember him with a great smile, being positive, ready for fun, spontaneous, a true servant of Jesus, responsible, hard working, punctual, considerate and laughing.
    After almost 50 years, I didn’t encounter anything negative. He’s a real example of finishing well and going to be with Jesus.


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