March 14, 1948 – April 5, 2022
Born to Eleanor Eaton Stevens and Dr. David F. Stevens Ill, D.V.M., of Mt. Morris, Ill., David is a Mayflower descendant of Francis Cooke, a Pilgrim and surveyor.
David graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Forestry. Illinois, not having a forest industry, had David and his wife, Anne, travelling to where the trees are, East Texas. At Stephen F. Austin State University, David received a Master of Science in Forestry.
David’s first jobs were with International Paper Company. He worked in Springhill where their two boys were born. Then he was assigned to the International Paper Research Station in Natchez, Miss., where he developed a system using helicopters to do control burns. The practical application of his research was then implemented out of the I.P. office in Natchitoches.
David left I.P. after 10 years for a job with E.I. Dupont as a chemical representative for the forest industry working out of his home in Natchitoches. Nine years later, Dupont moved the family to Keene, N.H., to work in specialty crops for all New England, including Long Island. His favorite place was in Presque Isle, Me., with the potato farmers – Cajuns who spoke French, liked to eat and have fun. He also spent a lot of time with the blueberry industry around Bar Harbor, Me., and New York along the Hudson with the apple growers. David traveled over 40,000 miles a year. When an opportunity with Dupont came to return to Natchitoches, the family left the snow, blackflies and mosquitoes, happy to return to their friends in Natchitoches, the lakes and warm weather. David retired from Dupont after 20 years.
David leaves behind his love and best friend through 50 years of marriage, Anne Lace Stevens; two sons, Ben and grandson Andrew of Natchitoches, and David and fiance’, Moraya, of Kamas, Utah.
The family traveled together to many places including Fiji, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. They visited family in Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
A celebration of his life will be at his family’s 1858 limestone schoolhouse in the country outside Mt. Morris and on a paddlewheel on the Rock River in Oregon, Ill.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 411 Second St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 or a charity of choice.