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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joshua Stevens who was born on October 05, 1995 and passed away on September 05, 2008, one month from his thirteenth birthday. We will remember him forever.

Josh's legacy of kindness and spirit lives on with a Foundation in his name.  Please see and the Foundation’s website:

The Memorial Service (Wednesday, September 10th, at Green Valley Baptist Church) was a celebration of Josh's life, with comfort for today, and hope for tomorrow.  Over 800 people overflowed the facility, with many of Josh's peers present, wearing sports jerseys to honor him. 

This poem, written by Josh, was read by Drew's brother Blair at the Memorial Service.  May all our kids have the family support to have this self esteem and security:

I am Josh       by Josh Stevens

I am Athletic - like a precise machine, running smoothly and efficiently.
I am Competitive - like the sun, fighting to shine through the clouds on a cloudy day.
I am Fun Loving - like a circus star, wanting to give joy to others.
I am Kind Hearted - like a favorite family pet, wanting to give love to all.
I am Persistent - like a skilled quarterback, never giving up till the ball scores.
I am Obedient - like an athlete responding to his coach.
I am Respectful - like a player accepting of the ref's call.
I am Beautiful - like a gem stone, with beauty for all to see.

A Memorial Vigil at Bob Miller Middle School had hundreds of students, friends and loved ones sharing how Josh had touched their lives.  He was obviously loved and admired for his spirit, character, athleticism, humor and kindness.

Please use this website to honor Josh's life - and support his parents, Drew and Barbara, and big sister Shelbie and little brother Sam.

(Please feel free to add photos/video to the website yourself, and please contact Hillary/website editor if you have content to add:


I'll Lend You A Child     by Edgar Guest 

"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He said.
For you to love - while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care or him for Me?

He'll bring his smiles to gladden you,
And should this stay be brief
You'll have his lovely memories 
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.

I've looked this world over
In search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd
Life's lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give him all your love,
Nor count the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to
Take him back again?"

I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that come
And try to understand."

Click here to see Joshua Stevens's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Thinking of You   / Diane Serrano (Friend)
Hello Barbra, Drew, Shelbie, and Sam,
   We know we have not seen you in years but have just recently heard of your loss of Joshua. We are so saddened by it. We can only imagine how this has affected so many. <...  Continue >>
My condolences   / Alma Mills
I am so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you. I know your angel is watching over you. Love n Blessings Alma
Forever in our prayers   / Cindy Troche-Ebbers (Friend of Family; Bud's Sister )
You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. God Bless you all and know the Josh is special and with the angels watching over you.  All our love....  Cindy and family
im sorry for ur loss   / Abbey Smith (none)
hi im sorry for ur loss. i never knew josh but this year my school is have  funraiser with his foundation and i thought it would be nice to pay my respects. im sorry for every ones loss and i think my saddness is best expressed in shelbies song ...  Continue >>
im sorry for ur loss   / Andrea Shuit (none)
hi im sorry for ur loss. i never knew josh but this year my school is have  funraiser with his foundation and i thought it would be nice to pay my respects. im sorry for every ones loss and i think my saddness is best expressed in shelbies song ...  Continue >>
I feel the pain that you are feeling  / Lucas Zeiter (old friend )    Read >>
To Drew and family  / Laura Miller (Drew's VWR pal )    Read >>
WE MISS YOU!!!!  / Jess And Em Baity (BESTEST FRIEND IN THE WIDED BOLCK!!!!!!!!!!!! )    Read >>
Ava's strange week of laughter in the night  / Sal Foley (Uncle)    Read >>
Bubba to Barbara  / Jacqueline Brundage (Family friend )    Read >>
So saddened to hear  / Charlotte Bradley (Flight attendant friend of Barbaras )    Read >>
We remember Josh everyday!  / Bruce Lamin (Family Friend )    Read >>
To Drew and Family  / Anita Cruz ((Newark High Class of '82 )    Read >>
Joshi / Riley McCauley (Cousin)    Read >>
Drew im sorry, i Just heard,  / Cherie Seguritan (friend/acuaintance of Drew )    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
Josh: A Legacy of Kindness  

How many kids do you know would have Josh’s kindness?

Josh would hold doors open for others, sometimes for an uncomfortably long time. At dinners out, sometimes the family would be ordering while Josh would still be holding the door open for patrons.

At grocery stores, Josh would rush to help others with their carts and groceries – probably loading more goods than the employees.

When seeing a disabled kid, Josh would drop everything to go over and casually talk with them, shaking their hand and complimenting them on their clothes or anything.

Josh’s mission was to “rescue nerds”. He would go out of his way to encourage or help kids that were getting picked on or ignored. It was somewhat common for Josh to finish his cell phone calls with “I’ve gotta go rescue a nerd”. No big deal. (Right?)

One testimonial at the Memorial Service went something like this: “I was new to school and Josh asked me to play football and I never played before but Josh insisted and then he threw me a touchdown pass and that is the best that I have ever felt.”

There is no doubt that Josh made many kids' day - and probably some kids' lives.

The Josh Stevens Foundation is about honoring kids who show kindness.

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Please support the Foundation.

Please be kind.

Please acknowledge other kids who are kind, in honor of Josh.

Joshua's Photo Album
Camping trip in Pahrump, NV
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