Steven Colson, age 72, died on May 26, 2023 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House. He grew up in the Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kansas but spent his adult years in Kansas City, Missouri. His professional career began as a teacher in the Wyandotte County schools. After earning his Ph.D., he spent twenty-nine years training teachers at the University of Kansas Department of Special Education.
Steve was predeceased by parents Bob and Alice, and brothers Craig, Glen, and Brian. Surviving family include his aunt Mary Ann Sparkman; cousins Jon, Pam, and Shaun, along with their children; and nephews Brandon Colson and Adam Colson, who were very special to Steve.
Steve had many dear friends and he cherished them all, especially those who were present during his terminal illness. Most importantly, Steve is survived by his husband, Tom Blake. Steve and Tom shared a loving and devoted partnership for more than forty-seven years. Steve was always thankful for Tom’s family and their many kindnesses shown through the years.
Steve was a consummate storyteller. His stories illuminated, inspired, amused, and entertained. They were woven throughout his teaching, his life with Tom, and his relationships with family and friends. A very bright, young Steve made several trips to the high school principal’s office as a result of his classroom antics. During such a visit, the principal decided Steve should spend some contemplative time in the school library. The librarian told Steve she knew he would eventually find his way there and that she had something special set aside for him. It was The New Yorker magazine. Thus began Steve’s love of New York City and the musical theater.
Steve was exceedingly grateful for the skilled and compassionate professionals who cared for him during his illness. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, Steve asked that people consider donating to a charity of choice, especially ones that serve local families in need.