Steve W. Busby

Steve W. BusbySteven W. Busby of Ridgecrest passed away Sept. 18, 2020, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

He was born Sept. 17, 1952, to William and Betty Busby in Indio. As a child and into his early teens Steve’s life was all about baseball, baseball and baseball. While attending Indio High School, he met his wife of 50 years Elaine Collins. They were married on December 24, 1969 and spent the rest of his life together. This love gave life to three children Michelle Lynn, Steven Chad and Cheryl Elaine.

Steve proudly served our country by joining the United States Army in 1971. As a military police officer he was stationed at West Point, N.Y.; White Sands, N.M.; Mineral Wells, Texas; and South Korea. Steve used his time in the military wisely to find that his passion was for law enforcement. He medically retired from the Army in 1976.

In 1982 Steve moved his family to China Lake where he took a job as a police officer. He worked his way up to Lieutenant and became a detective. In 1988 he transferred to the Ridgecrest Police Department and in 1992 he transferred to Taft Police Department. While employed in Taft he was involved in a major traffic accident, while on duty, that required him to medically retire in 1995. Although Steve rarely spoke about his job, he loved this profession and it was most certainly his craft.

Being retired did not dampen his love for law enforcement. In 1996 he went back to work with the Ridgecrest Police Department as a Training Coordinator. Using his knowledge and passion for Law, he was hired by Cerro Coso Community College to head up the Administration of Justice program.

He was able to kickstart the Basic Reserve Academy and became instrumental in developing the Admin. of Justice curriculum used for training courses in Kern County. His work ethic and determination led to a position as the interim Dean of the Cerro Coso Community College Bishop Campus. In 2017 Steve retired from his job at Cerro Coso.

Between the years of 2012-2020 Steve was diagnosed and successfully fought cancer on three separate occasions. Unfortunately due to internal injuries sustained during his treatments, Steve’s body could no longer fight the good fight, and with his wife by his side, he passed away.

He was proceeded in death by his dad William, mother Betty, sisters Cheryl Ann and Cynthia.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Busby; daughters, Michelle Rogers and Cheryl (Nic Townsend); son, Steve (Anne Busby); grandchildren, Steven Jr., Haylee, Blake, Kyle, Brodie, Kyah, Noah, Grace, Nathan, Chase, Evelyn and Rhys; sisters, Vicky Busby and Linda Hahn.

A Celebration of Life will be held Oct. 24 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Joshua Hall at Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

— Submitted by the family of Steve Busby

Story First Published: 2020-10-09