Stephen W Valentine

August 16, 1956 – August 19, 2022


It is with deep sadness that the family of Stephen Valentine announces he unexpectedly passed away from heart failure at the age of 66.

Steve joined law enforcement, continuing a family tradition, as a dispatcher and then as a Ventura County Sheriff Deputy. He was involved in the D.A.R.E. program at local schools where he enjoyed working with the children. He also loved owning, breeding and training Labrador Retrievers.

Leaving law enforcement, he became an attorney which he still practiced at the time of his passing. He was the Court Commissioner of El Dorado County Superior Court for over 7 years.

Managing Burke Junction in Cameron Park and raising goats with his wife, Jeanne, left just enough time for bowling which complemented his love of competition.

Steve was a family man with a big capacity for helping everyone around him. He continued helping people through his law practice as well. He had the ability to make everyone around him shine a little brighter.  His love of “Dad” jokes was hard to miss.

Steve is survived by his parents Martin and Edna Valentine, wife Jeanne, sister Michele (David), daughters Wendy (Mike) and Ginger (Mira), niece and nephew Tiffany (Bryan) and Martin Douglas (Rebecca) as well as a large extended family; stepson Josh (Kristina), sister-in-law Pattie (Jim), nieces Christye (Scott) and Ruby (Jeremy) and many great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion, El Dorado Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Rd, Placerville, CA 95667 on September 24, between 2-4 pm. Come share a story with his family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the EDC K9 Association at