(08/01/2003) John Thomas Steen Sr., age 81, of San Antonio died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Born January 3, 1922, in Yoakum, Texas, he was the only child of Rolly Robert Steen and Ruth Nairn Steen. Raised in San Antonio, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1939 and received a B.B.A. degree in 1943 from the University of Texas, where he was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and a member of the Silver Spurs. After college, he entered the United States Navy and during World War II served as an amphibious officer aboard an L.S.T. in the European Theater of Operations. He participated in numerous beach landings including Anzio and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Mr. Steen was president and owner of Steen Insurance Group, which was comprised of Southern Lloyds Insurance Company, Great Southern Fire and Casualty Company, and Great Coast Life Insurance Company, and had ranching and farming interests in several Texas counties, notably the River Ranch outside of Bandera. Mr. Steen was a former elder of First Presbyterian Church where he taught sunday school and held other positions, including president of the Couples Class. Mr. Steen was a past president of seventeen civic organizations including the Alamo Kiwanis Club, Boysville, the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Mental Health Association of Bexar County, the Trinity Touchdown Club, and the San Antonio Council of Presidents. He was president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce during HemisFair'68 and was instrumental in getting the legislation passed that created the University of Texas at San Antonio. His awards include the Silver Beaver Award and the William H. Spurgeon III Council Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the 1970 Outstanding Ambassadors' Peace Award, Honorary Sembrador of the Year in 1972, the 1972 Golden Deeds Award presented to San Antonio's outstanding citizen by the Exchange Club of San Antonio, the National Jewish Hospital and Research Center at Denver Honor Award in 1975, and the LULAC 646 Award in 1977. He was honored in 1970 by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Mr. Steen was a past director of the Bexar County National Bank, Pace Picante, Inc., and G P M Life Insurance Company, and a past trustee of Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, Southwest Research Institute, Trinity University, and the San Antonio Union Junior College District (now the Alamo Community College District), an elected position he held almost twenty years. He was a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and a lifetime director emeritus of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. An active participant in Fiesta, Mr. Steen was parade marshal of the 1962 King's River Parade, grand marshal of the 1964 Battle of Flowers Parade, commander of the Texas Cavaliers in 1965 and reigned as King Antonio XLV in 1967. He was a member of the Order of the Alamo and was president of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission in 1971. Mr. Steen was a founder and first president of the Town Club, past president of Los Alegradores, and was a past board member of both the Argyle and the San Antonio Country Club. Mr. Steen was the last chairman of the Good Government League and served as vice chairman of the Municipal Service Commission. He chaired the successful ``Progress '70'' Bond Election Committee and was past vice chairman of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. He was elected to two terms on the San Antonio City Council, served as mayor pro tem, and was a candidate for mayor in 1981. Mr. Steen was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of almost fifty years, Nell Donnell Steen, and his daughter, Nancy Nell Steen Boyce. He is survived by four children: Susan Margaret Steen Fainter and her husband, John Wells Fainter, Jr., of Austin; John T. Steen, Jr., and his wife, Ida Louise Clement Steen, of San Antonio; Rolly Robert Steen II, M.D., of Dallas; and Stewart James Steen of Kerrville. He leaves seven grandchildren: Mary Nell Boone Suell, M.D., and her husband, Douglas Michael Suell, Jr., M.D., of Houston; Jennifer Susan Boone of Austin; Laura Nell Soules Fry and her husband, Steven Edward Fry, Jr., of Dallas; John T. Steen III of Houston; and Ida Louise Larkin Steen, James Higbie Clement Steen, and Olivia Leighton Stinnett Boyce of San Antonio. Reverend Louis H. Zbinden, Jr., will officiate at a memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2003, at First Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Alamo, San Antonio, Texas 78205. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Kings' Council of the Texas Cavaliers. Private interment will take place Saturday, August 2, 2003, at the Steen Cemetery near Hochheim, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the First Presbyterian Church, the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation or a charity of one's choice.