Stephen “Steve” Don Ambrose, 39, of Hemet died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at the University of California Irvine Hospital from complications after surgery.

He was born Sept. 4, 1964, in Banning.

Mr. Ambrose was the activity coordinator for recreation and sports at Morning Sky School in Mountain Center. He was a behavior intervention counselor, dorm counselor, physical education teacher and friend.

He belonged to the Mt. San Jacinto College Theatre of the Arts, was involved in the Ramona Pageant and belonged to the Boy Scouts of America.

Funeral services are pending.

His wife said he was considered a great and loving father, son, uncle and husband. She said he could always make people smile and laugh, and they will miss him and always remember his humor.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Ambrose of Hemet; a son, Cody Ambrose of Hemet; a daughter, Stephanie Ambrose of Hemet; two stepdaughters, Susan and Danielle of Hemet; his mother, Carole Ambrose of Hemet; his father, Terry Ambrose of Valle Vista; two brothers, Michael Ambrose of Corona and Robert Ambrose of Winchester; and a sister, Tracy Ambrose of Hemet.

Mrs. Ambrose said, “To everyone who has helped with donations, cards and such wonderful support, I, Cody, Stephanie and Susan thank you very much. It helps a lot right now.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ambrose family in care of Annette Ambrose, 41117 Stetson Ave., Hemet, CA 92544.