Stephen Jackson “Steve” Trotman

DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida, USA
Death 30 Jan 2018 (aged 57)
DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida, USA
Burial Steele Church, Walton County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 187040413 · View Source
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Stephen Trotman, known to friends as “Steve,” passed away on January 30, 2018, at the age of 57 years. He was born September 30, 1960, and lived nearly all of his life in DeFuniak Springs, a town he loved because of its history and the history of his family.

The youngest son of Vernon and Loyce Trotman, Steve was a lifelong student who spent time honing his education at Okaloosa Walton Junior College, the University of Florida, Troy University, and Florida Atlantic University before earning his bachelor’s degree from FAU in 1986.

Steve was a thespian and an enthusiast of theater and literature, having appeared in plays with his brother, daughter, and friends.

He was a passionate sports fan and enjoyed seasonal football and basketball games with his son.

A hobby he was dedicated to was studying genealogy and traveling with his wife and children to seek answers regarding their ancestry.

Steve dedicated the better part of his life to teaching, spending 20 years at the head of a classroom. The education of his many students was an essential part of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathi, one son, one daughter, one stepson, two grandsons, one brother, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, whom he loved very much.

In leiu of flowers, memorials may be made in Stephen Trotman’s memory to a new scholarship fund in his name at Walton Academy, 389 Dorsey Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.

Visitation: 10:00 - 11:00am, Friday, February 2, 2018, at Jerry Evans Chapel.

Funeral: 11:00am, Friday, February 2, 2018, at Jerry Evans Chapel.

Burial: in the Trotman family plot in Alaqua Cemetery.

Information courtesy of Jerry Evans Funeral Home; DeFuniak Springs, Florida; used with permission.

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Comments from various speakers at Steve's Service:

Daughter: My dad was born and grew up here in this area, and my brother and I were also, but mom is a Yankee.

Son: My sister and I were born smart-a**es, like my dad.

Daughter: If, in this community, we are known as Steve Trotmans kids, it will be our honor.

Student: This man put food in my stomach; told me I was going to be o.k; told me I was going to graduate; wish I could have told him thank you.

School Buddy: Steve was one who loved people; he never met a stranger; he loved people.

Friend: Us three buddies, three amigos, who got iinto so much trouble growing up, turned out be a teacher (Steve), an Air Force Master Seargent, and an EMT Medic (Bill).

Student: I still have to this day so many things that I stole from Mr. Trotman, as well as this ring from the floor that he gave me to encourage me on a really bad day.

Student: I told Mr. Trotman, you are like a grandfather to me; can I adopt you?

Student: He came to my graduation, looked me in the face, and said, "I knew you could do it!"

Student: Mr. T could silence the whole classroom without raising his voice. He was a blessing to me and many other students, more than anyone will ever know.

Student: Mr. Trotman pushed us hard, but he was always there for us.

Student: Mr. Trotman was the best thing. I am in college now, pursuing my dreams. He was such a positive person; I have no negative memories of him.

Brother: When I first met Steve, he was 5. Five minutes old, that is. There are many stories I could tell of Steve.
Steve like old movies, and Vincent Price was his idol. When he met Vincent Price, he rode with him to an engagement. Mr. Price took out a cigarette, and Steve was so nervous at finally meeting this idol of his, he couldn't light the cigarette for him. Someone else did, and explained that Steve was very nervous at finally meeting an idol of his, and that was why he was so nervous. Mr. Price said, "I didn't notice Steve's nervousness till he lit my hair!"

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