Steven Schmidt

Steven M. Schmidt, 63, of Amarillo died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., April 24, 2021, Saturday at

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 2101 N. Coulter St. (Corner of Tascosa Road and N. Coulter).  The visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., April 23, 2021, Friday at Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services located at 4207 S. 21st, Amarillo, Texas.

Steve was born in Worthington, Minnesota, on January 31, 1958, to Arthur and Jean Schmidt.  He met and fell in love with his “Sweetheart,” Leslie Schmidt, and he proposed to her during their horseback ride through the shallow waves of the ocean at Padre Island.  When they got back to the stables, she was given a beautiful rose and a poem (See Below). They then went back to their busy lives as Steve worked for a granite company, Rock Tops. 

In his spare time, he worked on a classic Corvette, rode his motorcycle with his “Sweetie,” built five little bird houses, constructed and remodeled many different projects, and always stayed busy. Steve was blessed with a specific talent and skill constructing and building almost anything to perfection.  His favorite get away was to go with his wife and help her dad at the ranch using a lot of those talents and skills in learning to become a rancher.    He and his wife enjoyed traveling and experiencing different places and outdoor adventures, including fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, relaxing on the beach, and site seeing the area.  Steve always told his wife everything was a “we thing.”

Predeceased by his parents and one son, Christopher Schmidt.  Survived by his wife, six children – Steven Schmidt and his wife Rachel, Justin Schmidt and his wife Hanna, Ryan Schmidt, Brianna Schmidt, Conner Schmidt, and Caitlin Schmidt; three step-children – David West and his wife Emily, Kandas Graham and her husband Dustin, and Joshua West; six grandchildren – Kyra Schmidt, Grady Schmidt, Gemma Schmidt, Griffin Schmidt, Lucy Schmidt, June Schmidt; seven step-grandchildren – Colton West, Branch West, Emma West, Dylan West, Case West, Teddy Graham, and Lexi Graham; six siblings – Jim Schmidt and his wife Rosalyn, Mark Schmidt and his wife Tami, David Schmidt and his wife Jinjer, Sandy Bishop and her husband David, Dan Schmidt and his wife Melanie, and Kathy Hadfield and her husband Greg, and a host of family and friends.



By Steve Schmidt

I met a girl, who touched my heart,

I didn’t even know where to start.

We laugh, we smile, and we giggle and cry,

For what brought us here we don’t know why.

We talk of many things that touch our hearts,

This brings us close – for we live far apart.

But even though I am here and she is there,

She is always included in my private prayers.

For the night will come and she will sleep,

Pray that Heaven’s Angels they will keep,

And as she rests my thoughts are there,

To let her know, I really do care.

To mend the wounds and bind the breaks,

And give my love – whatever it takes.

It is this Angel that makes me smile,

And whispers to me – It’s all worthwhile.

For she is an Angel that touched my heart,

And life is great – It’s a brand-new start.

To My Angel

Steve xo


To watch the service click the link below


  1. Calvin Johnson

    A very caring man. Even though we lived far apart, he was truly a good and close friend.

  2. Jinjer Schmidt

    Leslie, sending all my love to you right now. The poem is beautiful, and I’m so glad you shared something so touching and special. All my love, Jinjer

  3. Debbie Gardner

    I am Steve’s cousin and we are the same age. Once we got to go on a camping trip to Canada with our grandparents. We had so much fun! I will always remember that special time I got to spend with him. He was a great guy ?

  4. Dave Groves

    Steve was a very special friend. We became fast brothers from different parents. He’s help me hand out the church programs every Sunday. More importantly, once I found out I was sick, he called or texted me all the time at least weekly.

    I will miss my brother. A sweet, general and caring man. Now in a better place where health issues are of no concern.

  5. Peggy Schmidt

    I had the blessing of witnessing Steven’s goodness when he stayed the night with me in the hospital (I was exhausted), watching over Art, his father and my husband. He was attentive and genuinely caring for his father throughout the night, and consistently demonstrated tenderness and respect for me.

    Then again when the siblings came for their parents’ things in our home, Steven was polite and respectful each time he came to me to ask about taking anything.

    I’ll always have those memories, and treasure them.

  6. Peggy Schmidt

    Dear, dear Jinjer, my heart has gone out to you many times.

    Art and I were honored to attend your wedding and see for ourselves how very much you were in love with Steve, and how very thankful you were for him. You were glowing!

    I hope that when you recall your treasures of memories, they will comfort you and strengthen you.

    With love,


    God bless your tender heart.

  7. Lucy and Debi (cabinet associates Lowe's)

    To the family of Steve Schmidt, our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Steve is a wonderful man and I have greatly appreciated working with him. Steve worked with Rocktops whom installed for Lowe’s. Steve always visited our store and was kind and very informative with his knowledge. He will be greatly missed.

  8. Peggy Schmidt

    Sorry, Leslie. I was thinking of other members of Art’s family when I typed “Jinjer” – who is David’s wife

  9. Cindy Merrifield

    I am Steve’s oldest cousin and remember all of fun times we had growing up whether at his parent’s home or ours but especially at our Grandparents Ellingwood lake home. We all lived to fish, swim and hike in the woods. I treasure these memories. My love to you and his siblings.

  10. Michele ( mother of Connor , Brianna and Caitlin Schmidt)

    It is good to hear that Steve found happiness and peace in his life . My condolences to his wife Leslie and to the Schmidt family for their loss.

  11. David Haacke

    Good Man, Brought a smile and warm heart with him everywhere.

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