Stephen Bradley Maynard was born Dec. 23, 1951, to Jim and Wanita Maynard of Beaver, Okla., and raised in the Baptist Church. It served as the foundation for his life.
Steve was an All-Conference football player while attending high school in Shattuck, Okla. Along with his athletic abilities, he still excelled academically, especially at math. While studying for an Animal Science degree at Oklahoma State, he took a leave and began a career at the DeVore hog farm in Arkansas City, Kan. where he was also the president of the local Jaycees chapter. After a lengthy stay he returned to Oklahoma State to get a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He was a particularly talented individual as he went to school a second time, as a married man with child, studied dilligently, and passed the CPA exam on the first try.
Steve would go on to practice public accounting for many banks, work for himself, and eventually retired early due to Parkinson's as Controller at Duit Construction Company. Steve's love for sports was just after his love for God and his family. The Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys were his favorites from birth, and he was fortunate to see them win multiple championships. He would often talk about games from many years earlier, recalling the finest of details.
Despite having Parkinson's the last 30 years, he kept the best attitude possible. He would always respond to love from his family, gospel hymns, and a good sweet or dessert. And his loving heart was known to all that encountered him. His favorite hymn was 'The Old Rugged Cross.' He also enjoyed writing, even penning a novel, 'Tough Enough', in retirement. He lived the remainder of his life in the Oklahoma City metro area. Steve passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 in McLoud, Okla. after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.
Preceded in death by his Mom and Dad, Steve is survived by his sons - Mark and wife Myriam, Conor and wife Annie along with Harrison and Ella; sisters - Paula Maynard of OKC, Sheila Harrington of Woodsock, Ga., and Jeanie Maxwell and husband Dan of OKC; and three nieces and nephews - Israel, Erin, and Charity.
A viewing will be held all day at the Alan Clark Funeral Home in Beaver, OK on Thursday, May 17, 2018. A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the First Baptist Church in Beaver, with a short graveside service following.
Published on May 15, 2018