After battling an aggressive form of cancer, Stephen “Steve” Adam, 59, of Eustis, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family and friends on February 28, 2023.
Steve was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 23, 1963. He grew up in Monroe City, Missouri, where he learned to hunt and fish, and where he developed his love for the outdoors. In 1986, he graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a degree in wildlife biology. He worked as a biologist at the University of Florida – Florida Medical Entomology Lab and was an area manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He went on to do postgraduate studies at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, where he also earned the Scholastic Achievement Award from the Peace Office Academy. In 1997, he attended the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Academy where he earned the Highest Scholastic Achievement Award. For the past 25 years, he worked with the FWCC as a wildlife officer and then as an investigator. He received the Award of Merit from FWCC in 2008 and was a finalist for the Brian Litz Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in 2009.
He married Debra Raines on November 11, 2022, in an intimate ceremony at the Little Wedding Chapel in Eustis. Steve and Debra enjoyed traveling, spending time at the beach and watching football, with Steve rooting for his favorite teams – Mizzou and the Kansas City Chiefs. He passed on his love for travel and the outdoors to his beloved daughters, Alyssa and Megan. Last fall, Steve fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing Alaska with his wife and daughters.
In addition to Debra, Alyssa and Megan, Steve is survived by his mother, Charlotte Adam; and his siblings, Vicky Christoffer, Tom Adam, Scott Adam and Tracy Pasley. He is preceded in death by his father, Martin Adam.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 am on March 10, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mt. Dora, Florida. The family would like to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to the FWCC team for their continuous outpouring of love and support. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the FWC Officers Association. Donations can be addressed and mailed to the below address.
FWC Officers Association
P.O Box 3112
Tallahassee, FL 32315
6803 Old Hwy 441, Mt Dora, FL 32757
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