Stephen Andrew

Obituary of Stephen Harrison Andrew

Stephen Harrison Andrew, born April 25, 1939 in Windom, Minnesota passed away in Santa Barbara, California after a long battle with Cancer. Stephen was the second of four children for former Windom Mayor Lloyd Andrew and Zona (Klock) Andrew. He is survived by an older brother Gary of Dallas, TX and two younger sisters, Jyll and Deidre of Cedar Rapids, IA. Stephen served as an NCO with the 3rd. Infantry Division in Germany and later was an instructor in Communications at Fort Ord, CA. After his service he graduated Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis and worked as a Disc Jockey, News Director and Program Director in Barstow, CA. He married Bernis Jacobson (who preceded him in death April 25, 2011) of Windom in 1963 (divorced in 1984). They had two daughters, Heidi and Heather; both currently reside with their families in Santa Barbara. Stephen (and Bernis) worked in the U.S. Deep Space Exploration Program at the Goldstone Space Communications Complex near Barstow, CA. Stephen designed the first deep space television and multi-media training facility, and managed the facility in the early 1970's. He worked closely with the late Carl Sagan to design, produce, and implement programs to train world-wide spacecraft tracking technicians and engineers tasked with communicating with un-manned spacecraft on planetary missions to Mars and beyond. In 1976 He graduated Chapman University, Orange, CA and left the space program to become Training Manager for 1300 Sambo's Restaurants nationwide, headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. Later positions included Corporate Training Manager for Taco Bell, and Director of Training for the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. He retired in 2004 and spent much of his time with his daughters, son in law Ross Huhn and four grand children Kilen, Kelsea, River and Indie. He enjoyed classical music, live theatre, deep-sea fishing, golf and the many treasures of California's central coast, including Carmel, San Francisco and his much loved Santa Barbara by the sea. Stephen was one of eight close friends from the Windom High School classes of 1957-58, who enjoyed yearly reunions for the past 54 years. He was lucky enough to have to boys out to Santa Barbara last year for their annual reunion. Services will be held at McDermott & Crockett 2020 Chapala St at 2:00 Friday February 10.
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