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State Park Statement

In honor of Ranger Steve Bier


Last updated 4/2/2017 at 12:53am

Although no official statement has yet been released, the State Park has sent out the following:-

It is with sadness and sympathy I inform you of the passing of a member of our Parks Family. Ranger Steve Bier, of the Colorado Desert District, passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

Steve was a fifteen year veteran of the Department and a true “Generalist” in every sense of the word spending an entire career in vigilant protection of one of the world’s most significant parklands, and more importantly he remains one of the finest ambassadors of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and our Department. Steve worked with countless BVST cadets and within other interpretive training programs instilling the wisdom and passion for educating the public concerning our parks and all that is precious within. A consummate photographer he has provided thousands of depictions of the world in which he lived. He is well known and respected throughout the Borrego Springs community and was present at almost anything happening inside or outside of parks, including community events, school programs, and just providing its members with the firm hand shake and smile only Steve was able to produce.

The loss of Ranger Steve is difficult to comprehend for our Park’s Family. Steve leaves behind his wife and parks partner, Heidi Addison Bier and their eleven year old son Lorne. We grieve at the passing of a tremendous individual, but also for the loss his family suffers.

On behalf of Steve, “Playing Ranger in a better place.”

Information concerning memorial services and condolences will be sent as more information is gathered.

Norb Ruhmke

State Park Peace Officer (District Superintendent II-Acting)

Colorado Desert District

Silverwood Lake SRA