Stephen Edward Poe died on Thursday, January 6, 2000 at Washoe Medical Center. He was 63.
Stephen was a successful author and multimedia producer. Under the pen name “Stephen Whitfield,”
he wrote the classic book, “The Making of Star Trek” with Gene Roddenberry in 1968.
In doing so, not only did Stephen Poe create the “making of” book genre, but he gave millions
of fans a fascinating glimpse at the creative team whose weekly adventures were every bit as
exciting as those of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
The last few years of Stephen Poe’s life were dominated by a heroic struggle against leukemia.
Always with dignity, always with care and concern for those around him, Stephen took an active
role in his fight against this challenge, working closely with his doctors to beat the disease.
In facing this battle, he explored new avenues of treatment to aid in the search for a cure for leukemia.
Stephen was a very special husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He leaves his wife Fran of
Reno, his daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Dave Sexton of Sparks, his daughter and son-in-law
Teresa Love and Clark Riel of Reno, his wonderful grandsons Cameron and Derek Sexton of Sparks.
He also is survived by his brothers Jim Whitfield of Tucson and David Whitfield of New Mexico,
and his sisters B.J. Moore of Tulare, CA and Susan Sukau of Fresno, CA.
A celebration and gathering honoring Stephen Poe took place on Saturday, January 15 at 1:00 at
Thank you all who attended.
A memorial has been established in Stephen’s name with the Leukemia Society.
Contributions can be made to: The Leukemia Society
3105 Site Circle, Suite #101
Sacramento, CA 95825
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