48 Responses

  1. Cara Caldwell Thursday, June 26, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Steven. You all have written such nice words about Steven as a professional and coworker. I also knew him in that capacity but I came to love him outside of work. One of my favorite memories was when he held a party at his me home and he and the boys played in the backyard most of the evening. That experience made such a mark that I rarely missed a performance and ultimately begged Doug Sheehy and Steven to play at my daughters wedding. That went so well that they came to play at my nephew’s wedding as well. What joy those boys gave to their community. I wish his family all the best and I hope they realize how much we all love and appreciate all that Steven gave to others. Most of all, we appreciate those moments when he brought joy, or peace, or silly laughter. He loved and bragged on his wife and daughter whenever I had the opportunity to see him. He’ll truly be missed. Love and kisses to his wife and daughter and all the friends and family he left for a while.

  2. Karen Rose Tuesday, June 24, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    My heart is very heavy and broken at the passing of one of my dearest friends. While words can never fully express how much Steve meant to us, the memories of his kindness, laughter, and his dedication to his family and fellow employees will always remembered. It was my privilege to have worked with him these past years. While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him in heaven.

  3. Rich Kanavel Monday, June 23, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I’ve known Steve and his family for about 15 years, and have enjoyed listening to his music over the years, seeing him at various social events, and working with him at High Desert. I will miss you, Steve.

  4. Rhonda Dood Saturday, June 21, 2014 / 4:48 am

    I have known Steve more for more than 20 years. He was a personal friend of my family, a musician that played in a Beatles Tribute Band with my son, and was my co-worker. Steve was extremely musically talented. I will always remember my CPR training class with him at HDSP — I’ll never forget him telling us to hum the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” to the beat of performing CPR. Always the musician! Steve always had a kind smile and kind words for everyone. He will be missed so much by his fellow colleagues at HDSP, as well as being missed in the community. I offer my sincere condolences to his family. My you rest in peace, Steve.

  5. Zack Eaton RN CCC Friday, June 20, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Steve was a genuine person and very talented and smart. Just an all around good person. We all learned something important from Steve and that is important. We had some good times. You’ll be missed, pal.

  6. Alicia Presswood Friday, June 20, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    I didn’t know Steve all that well but every time I saw him he always had a smile. He was one of those people who had a very positive and happy vibe about him. What a shock it was to learn of his sudden passing. I like to think we are one big family here at HDSP and we lost a wonderful person. My condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

  7. Tiffany Parrish Friday, June 20, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    I will miss Steve and his joking personality. He always made the nursing meetings as entertaining as possible. Although he would frequently mention some musician that I had never heard of, and then make fun of me a little for not knowing who it was. I saw his band play at The Lion and the Lamb a few years back and I was able to see that music was his real passion. He will be greatly missed and it won’t be the same without him.

  8. Randy Stovall Thursday, June 19, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Steve, I was so sad to hear you had left us. I will never forget working together during High Desert’s formative years, and the countless patients we worked on together. You were always unflappable during emergencies with wry wit to boot! Fair winds and following seas my friend.

  9. Clyde Hopson DDS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I am sorry I never got the chance to tell Steve how gratetful I was for all his help. He was a kind and gentle soul. Steve:
    May the Lord bless you and keep you
    And cause his Face to shine upon you
    And give you peace

    • Dory Yu Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 11:51 pm

      Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort his friends and family tomorrow.
      The CDCR-CCHCS Nurse Instructor’s team will surely miss his support and funny emails that made our hectic days go fast.

  10. Allen Briard FSP Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 6:13 pm

    Steve Cramer was a kind and gentle soul. He was very humorous, quick with a story, and an expert in obscure trivia. OK … Mr. Cramer I will agree with you, there are no Brown Recluse Spiders in Northern California (The spider thing was an inside joke.) It was truly a pleasure to have known and worked with Mr. Cramer. My prayers and thoughts go out to Steve’s family and friends.

  11. rebecca romero Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Steve was always there when we had any questions. He taught me a lot and was always cheering all of us up when we were sad. We will miss you very much. My condolences to his family

  12. Kelsie D. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    I have known Steve more than half my life. Steve and my dad have been very dear friends for years, and were always playing music together. From band jobs around town and surrounding towns, to the Beatles tribute shows. Steve was always the nicest guy, fun to be around, and extremely musically talented. I know his passing is going to leave a huge hole in a lot of people’s hearts. My thoughts and prayers for his family. May he rest in peace.

  13. Amy Olsen Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Steve, you filled a void here with your wit and most of all, your kindness. You are a great role model and will always inspire me to try harder both inside and outside work, all the while keeping a sense of humor. Peace

  14. Todd Murray, Psy.D., CMH CCC/HDSP Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 5:22 am

    Steve was a colleague, friend and fellow musician. I hold Steve 100% responsible for introducing me to numerous musicians in Susanville. On many occasions, I have had the pleasure playing drums for Steve and his band. Although, I am not a Beatles fan (which I always reminded Steve just to irritate him) he never held that against me. I guess he really needed a drummer. Steve conducted himself with integrity and was always willing to help out when called upon. I will truly miss his knowledge, humor and overall presence at work and in our community.

  15. Jane Low SRN II CCC Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 1:53 am

    One thing about living in a small town is that in many ways we are all connected in some way. The loss of such a gifted person affects all of us. There are no words that can describe such a loss. I remember when Steve and his family moved to Susanville. He and his wife both worked at the hospital and then Steve moved on HDSP. Throughout these years, Steve remained connected to all of us in the community through work, his music, or his family. One particular conversation I had with Steve was about his daughter. He and I would always talk about her. I wanted to know how she was doing. One day I heard her sing a song at the high school. I heard such a beautiful voice and musical talent that I know she learned from him. He was so proud of her. I wish there was someway that I could ease their pain and suffering during this time. Thoughts are with his family.

  16. Marie Mussen, LVN CCC Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 12:47 am

    Goodbye to a wonderful human being. Thanks for the time you were in our lives;
    farewell as you take your place in front with the holy angels.

  17. Cindy Wednesday, June 18, 2014 / 12:18 am

    What an awesome educator he had everything that makes a great teacher. I will greatly miss him as he had diffcult tasks easier. May his family feel a sense of peace at this time

  18. Steve Jones, CNE HDSP/CCC Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    Words are such wonderful things. They can lift us up and encourage us to do and be our very best. They document great deeds and strides made by those fortunate few who dare to make the world a far better place to live in. They cannot capture every thought that person had doing the deed or striving, but they are their accounting of that rare individual. The accolades attesting to a life well lived, in service to others, is Steve’s legacy; our accounting of his deeds and striving in our lives. Steve, my friend, when you left you took a piece of all of us with you. That piece will never be able to be completely filled back in. That is OK! They all belong to you now.

  19. Adam Rowley Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 10:18 pm

    Stephen was an excellent educator and an excellent friend. Steve was always willing to listen and share stories of past and, of course, his love of music. It is a huge loss to loose such a wonderful human being. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  20. Annie Renaud Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    I have known Mr. Cramer since I started to work in HDSP last month. He was very friendly and shared a lot of things about the prison when he gave us a tour. He was very friendly and there was not a time that I did not smile because of his good sense of humor. I started calling him Sir Cramer, which he really liked until such time it became Lord Cramer. To his family, I am really sorry for his passing away. You will always be in my prayers. From: ord Cramer’s loyal subject…Annie

  21. Regina Randall Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    I didn’t really know this man well, but the first time I met him he reminded me of another good friend of mine and that sticks with me. He was always nice, and funny and I loved his music in the couple of local concerts of his I managed to take in. I will never forget how he taught us CPR by using “Stayin’ Alive” for the right beat to keep time with. He touched everyone he worked with and around a little bit and I will never forget him. May peace be with his family in this sad time. ♥

  22. Zachary Solis Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    I only got to work with Cramer for a few months, but had known him for a while as a member of the music community. He was always pleasant and funny and I enjoyed speaking with him. He made my introduction to HDSP/CCC a lot easier during training and the Medical IT will definitely miss him.

  23. Mark Lewis Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Steve and I worked together since the ’90s. We performed together, and we played together. I’ve watched him perform many times with his various talented friends. He taught me many times in his nursing classes, and tolerated my sense of humor. He was/is a talented, intelligent, humorous, and caring man, and he will always be my friend. I picture him now sitting on a cloud discussing philosophy with Karl Marx, Abraham Lincoln, and John Lennon. God Bless you and yours my friend.

  24. Jim Daniels Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    I met Steve approximately 20 years ago. He was a new nurse and on his first three days of work, I oriented him. As I recall the topic of music and the Beatles came up. As Steve worked as a registry nurse, he came to work for me at times. When I arrived at HDSP Steve was still working as a regiestry nurse for about three more years prior to becoming a state employee. Steve would always bring up music and the Beatles. Steve was not just a Beatles fan. He was a musician and he was good. He liked preforming and it was obvious. Steve was always happy and he made you smile. I think the only thing Steve enjoyed more than music was his family. He always talked about them and what they were doing. He was a proud family man. He will be misses by many.

  25. Bonnie Lee, M.D., C P&S Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    We are all shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Steve Cramer’s death. Unfortunately, due to his sudden passing we will never be able to express directly to him the appreciation we felt for all he did for HDSP. He strove to teach us the latest ACLS/BLS techniques and still keep us all entertained. He was such a professional and was always available to answer questions. He will be missed on so many levels. Condolences to his family.

  26. Monica Smith Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    I was only able to work for Steve or “Lord Cramer” as he loved us to call him; about a month, but in that time I grew to love Steve. He was always looking out for me, sharing half of all desserts, and walking with me from and to my vehicle each day. He would wait patiently for me while I fumbled with my new keys and lock and then give me a good little (Gibbs slap) in the back of the head once I was done and say “Come on Muffin!” Working with Steve was enjoyable. He was always trying to make things fun; talking in his English woman accent while demonstrating tasks was probably my favorite. Making sure to give me a hard time and embarrass me, along with everyone else was probably one of his favorites. He had a heart of gold and he will be missed greatly. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

    We will never forget him.

  27. Dianne Frazier Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    Steve was a very kind and gentle man. He touched so many lives here at HDSP. He will be missed. May God grant his family peace and strength in their time of grief. Our prayers are with them.

  28. Kathy Petig SRNII HDSP Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Steve touched so many lives with his easy going attitude and sense of humor. He was my work partner and friend. I enjoyed spending time with his wife and theee dachsunds. He also loved music, motorcycles and had a beautiful garden. I will miss you my friend. My condolences to his family.

  29. Brenda Snyder Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    May you rest in peace with all those Beatle songs going on in your head. I can see you now in the yellow submarine and then walking across heaven’s Abeby Road. You will be missed.

  30. Kellie Arnold Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:33 pm

    I will miss his sense of humor and interesting take on life. It was a privilege to work with him. Heaven has another good one in its ranks! RIP, Steve.

  31. Kellie Arnold Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    I will miss his sense of humor and interesting take on life. It was a privilege to know him and work beside him. RIP, Steve. Heaven has another good one in its ranks.

  32. Ramona Schlauch Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” – Eckhart Tolle

    I do not know if Steve had ever heard this quote, but from the interactions I had with him, it seems as if he lived it. He was always kind and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by so many people at HDSP. I am thankful that I had a chance to meet him and I wish I had the chance to know him even better. I am sending hugs and prayers to his dear family and close friends.

  33. Liz Johnson Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about the loss of our dear friend. Steve brought so many gifts to our life. His music will continue to play on. We will never forget you. Steve’s passing has left a huge impact on his HDSP family; Gail and Kelly may you find the peace and comfort you need to get through this difficult time. God bless.

  34. Diane Sheehy Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    I am heartbroken. Steve was a dear friend. There are so many memories of the music he loved and shared with so many. His humanity towards his fellow man was awesome. My prayers are for his wife and daughter. Goodbye friend.

  35. amy powell Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    When I think of Steve, I remember his smile and laugh. You couldn’t have a conversation with him without laughing. He had that effect. Such a welcome personality to be around and to work with. He is and will continue to be missed by many.

  36. Jeff Bassett RN HDSP Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I started in April and Steve was the first person here I really connected with. He was always smiling and supportive, and I’d hoped for a long friendship. He will be very missed. Best wishes to his family.

  37. Dorothy Swingle, CME Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    Steve was the consummate professional. He was open and caring to everyone he worked with and encouraged the same professionalism in those he trained. I was fortunate to work with him and to call him friend. He left a permanent footprint at HDSP that will set a high standard for those who follow him. He will be missed, but his legacy will carry on far in to the future. My husband and I offer our sincere condolences to Steve’s family. Know that our hearts are with you.

  38. Erica Eaton Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    “Heaven’s garden holds a new bloom.”
    I’m deeply saddened in the passing of Mr. Kramer. He was a kind, caring and loving person. He will truly be missed. God bless his family.

  39. Rebecca Saylor Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Steve was one of the kindest warm-hearted, funniest people I’ve ever met. He will truly be missed so much. It will be a huge void not seeing him everyday, exchanging stories, laughing, joking, and smiling here @ HDSP. His friendship is irreplaceable. Gone but never ever forgotten.

  40. DEBORAH HARRIS Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Steve was a good-hearted man and a good teacher. He had a great sense of humor and was a talented musician. I will miss him. Heart-felt sympathies to his family for their loss. He will be greatly missed by us, also.

    • Steve Jones, CNE HDSP/CCC Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      How very kind of you, Sir. Very touching. We all appreciate it.

  41. Brian Casem Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Thank you for your tremendous service and positive influence as indicated by all the loving and caring responses of your peers and colleagues. I did not know you, but the love is known and recognized as deeply impacting where you have been and what you have done…all beautiful…and great. Farewell and good journey. God bless those who remain and are grieving because of your loss.

  42. Erik Chilcott Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    Met once, instant compadres. Great man, educator and inspiration. Would have liked to have been around him more. Missed the Tahoe trip, now more regrettable than ever! Condolences from my wife and I both.

  43. Deanna Fossen Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Rest in peace, my dear friend and colleague. You made the world a better place, and touched the lives of all that had the gift of knowing you with your warm heart and positive outlook on life. I miss you.

  44. karen neal Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    I was so very privileged to have started my nursing career with Cramer as my nursing instructor @ HDSP. He was an amazing man and loved his family very much. I am so very sad to hear of his passing.

  45. Tracy Stocks RN, NI at CCC Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    Steve will be missed so much. He was the best partner to have. Knowledgeable and capable, he was a source of help and inspiration to me. More than that, he was my dearest friend. It will never be the same without him.

    • James Leong Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / 3:31 pm

      It is a sad day to learn of Steve’s passing. Steve has always watched over our needs with candor, humor and professionalism. Steve, you left a lasting impact. I will truly miss you. Condolences from my family to yours.

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