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Steven Lester McKinnon was born December 20, 1950 in Bethesda, Maryland to R.J. and Emily McKinnon.
He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida after his father retired from the Navy. He graduated from Mainland High School and earned an Associate degree from what is now called UCF.
He was an Army veteran and served his country as a Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot, flying missions during the Vietnam war. Upon returning from the war he became an EMT, and then one of the first paramedics in Volusia County. He worked in EMS for almost 40 years, first for Beacon Ambulance, then EVAC, then Volusia County EMS. He has trained many of the paramedics currently working in Volusia County, who remember him for his dry wit and smoking his pipe.
Everyone he met would be given a nickname, Mad dog Mallery, Peep Peep, Baby Doll, Little Minion, and Witch. There are too many to name them all, but everyone knows their own.
Steve said his greatest accomplishment in life was his daughter, Erin “Baby Doll”. He was a devoted father in every way, driving Erin to dance lessons, attending every dance recital, and bragging about how wonderful she was. He was Erin’s “rock” and they shared a special bond. He was a quiet guy until you mentioned Erin and then the stories and the pictures would flow.
Steve was Dad to Erin’s big brother Mike and became a grandfather or “Pop Pop” for the first time to Mallory “ Peep Peep” then Jax and then his “reward in life” little Andrew who called him “Granddaddy.”
He passed away on March 14, 2018 at home unexpectedly due to illness.
Mr. McKinnon is predeceased by his parents and brother Michael. He is survived by two children, Erin Kathleen, Tampa, Florida and Michael Edward, Daytona Beach, Florida, three Grandchildren Mallory, Port Orange, Florida, Jackson, Orlando, Florida, and Andrew, Tampa, Florida. He will be missed by family and many friends.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Central Baptist Church, 152 Fairview Ave, Daytona Beach, Florida.
32114. Visitation will be at 4:00 PM and the Memorial Service at 5:00 PM.