He was born October 16, 1944 at Moscow, Idaho to Palmer and Lucille (Schoepflin) Wagner.
He attended schools in Garfield, WA.
Steve, known as Doc Wag to his friends, graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University, and moved from the eastern Washington farming community where he was raised to Southern California.
He has been there ever since, first settling in Upland and then in the High Desert where he practiced large and small animal medicine, most recently in Phelan.
Doc was gifted in his profession, where he endeavored to serve the veterinary community, people and animals through two terms as president of the California Veterinary Medical Association and also as an investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Affairs.
He volunteered both as a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy and as a Sheriff’s Ranger, and enjoyed the Western lifestyle and raising funds for charities through Wild Horsemen of America (WHOA).
He was a giant of a man that lived life to its fullest and loved his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Stacia Phillips of Mission Viejo, CA; and son Jarrad Wagner of Tulsa, OK. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; siblings Ted Wagner of Spokane, and Kathy Higgins of Spokane.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Silver Creek Cemetery south of Farmington, WA.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Wild Horsemen of America.
KRAMER FUNERAL HOME of TEKOA, WA is handling the local arrangements.