Steve Sandoval, an all-purpose food clerk with Safeway and a resident of Leadville, passed away on May 22 at the age of 58 years from an unexpected critical health event in Denver.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Sandoval; his father, Willie Sandoval; his sister, Shirley Sandoval; his brother, Jim Sandoval (Darlene Sandoval and Trevin Sandoval); his children, Cailin Sandoval, Nathan Radocy (Maxine Radocy and Christopher Lopez-Radocy), Kayla Polston, and Joshua Polston (Amber Polston).
Twenty-three years ago Sandoval met his wife Lisa at a Safeway in Aurora, fell in love with her and her children, and made them a part of his life.
Sandoval was born in Walsenburg on Dec. 29, 1960, to Willie Sandoval and Mercy (Garcia) Sandoval. He graduated from John Mall High School and attended a couple of semesters at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Sandoval worked for Safeway for 42 years; a testament to his loyalty and character,his family said. He worked his way up from courtesy clerk to first assistant manager while at Safeway. He worked at various stores on the front range from Boulder to Trinidad to Salida, finally settling in Leadville for the last eight years of his career. For the last couple of years he worked as a night stocker at the Safeway in Leadville. His family said he brought laughter and a friendly face to every Safeway he worked at and said those who live in Leadville or Southern Colorado and shop at Safeway were most likely greeted by Sandoval with a smile, offered a kind word, or found their day brightened in some small way.
It is said Sandoval above all was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed being in the mountains skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing, but most of all splitting wood. He loved spending time with his family, cooking, attending concerts with Lisa, and going on adventures with his children and grandchild. It is said that Sandoval was the kind of man who was unwavering in his loyalties and committed to his community. He always went the extra mile at work and home and will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 123 W. 5th St., Leadville. Those attending are asked to bring some stories and memories.