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2014-03-13

Michael Donovane Stevens

1961-2014

Michael Donovane Stevens passed away in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, March 5. He was born Jan. 6, 1961 in Kerrville to Roger and Barbara Rees Stevens.
Mike grew up in Bandera, where he graduated from high school in 1979. He started college in San Marcos, but, in his sophomore year, transferred to Texas A&M University where he earned bachelor and masters degrees. Mike became fascinated with theater work while studying at A&M, which led to a career in the entertainment industry.
After college, he moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, and then to Los Angeles, where worked as a producer and writer on television shows in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. While in San Francisco, he joined the creative team that developed and launched a new type of integrated live program, "A View From The Bay," on which he served as supervising producer.
Mike made documentary films overseas as well as in the United States, spending time with ABC in San Francisco before returning to LA.
Mike loved to travel and had visited Europe, China and the Galapagos Islands, as well as Egypt where he worked on a documentary film "Tutankhamun: New Details of the Boy King," a one-hour special featuring noted Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass.
In his first year as executive producer of the talk show "Soap Talk," Mike's work received a nomination for Best Talk Show during the National Daytime Emmy Awards.
His works include A&E Biographies "Famous Families," The History Channel's "History vs. Hollywood" and the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s." Mike oversaw these programs from inception to delivery.
He is survived by his father, Roger Stevens, and stepmother Jean Heep Stevens; stepbrother David Heep; aunts and uncles, Lola and Lynn Post, Wilma and Tom Black, Wendell Rees, Floyd Wyatt and James Hanson; and special friends, Ted Martin and Tom and Dorothy Pabst, as well as by numerous cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Stevens; grandparents, Wendell and Callie Rees and Vane and Vida Stevens; and five aunts and two uncles.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera.