Actor and playwright Steve Lovett died of heart failure at Baylor Hospital on June 11 while recovering from complications due to bypass surgery in April. He was 57.
Lovett grew up in Texas City and earned his MFA from Trinity University/Dallas Theater Center. Retired from AT&T, where he worked as a customer service representative, it was his role in the Dallas theater scene that really defined his life. In his 40-year acting career, Steve entertained audiences in nearly 100 roles. He performed in almost all of the theaters in the area, including Dallas Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Pegasus Theatre, Uptown Players and the Pocket Sandwich Theater. He was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award as best actor in a musical by the Dallas Theatre League for his role as Cole Porter in "Night and Day" at New Theatre Company.
Lovett was also known as a playwright, having written 10 plays. He wrote seven melodramas, which were all performed at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, in addition to numerous high school and church-group productions across the country. Steve also wrote three comedies with a gay romance theme.
He was nominated three times for best new play by the Dallas Theatre League, and won that award twice: for "Atomic Cavegirls of Island Zero" and "Unrequited Love’s A Bore" which also won the Triangle Award for best Dallas theater production when it appeared at the Pegasus Theater in 1999.
Critics lauded his gay romantic comedies for not being trite or stereotypical. His latest play, "Hopelessly Puccini" was performed at WaterTower Theatre’s 2009 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, and will receive a public reading at the Dallas Public Library this fall.
Lovett was also a passionate world traveler and collector. During his lifetime he visited every continent except Antarctica, and he amassed a huge collection of theatrical recordings and show tunes — many in foreign languages. The Lovett family hopes to continue his legacy by creating a non-profit organization to maintain his collection, and further his goals.
He was also known for his collection of autographed celebrity headshots. In recent years, Lovett had turned his talent for getting celebrity autographs to supporting the fundraising auction of Legacy Founders Cottage. For several years, he served as auction chairperson for the group.
Lovett is survived by his sister Karen and her husband Tom of Houston; his brother Allan and his wife Nancy of Albuquerque, N.M.; three nieces, Shannon McNatt, Jennifer Chapman, and Stephanie Knoop; one nephew, Alexander Lovett; and his beloved sun conure, Tootie.
The family requests donations to be made in his honor at Legacy Founders Cottage, in lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions can be sent to Legacy, 4054 McKinney, Suite 102, Dallas, Texas, 75204. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 Mockingbird Lane, on Saturday June 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a special musical program beginning at 2:30 p.m. Contributions for Legacy will be accepted at the memorial service.
Jason Andrew Harmon, 39, died May 28 of Burkitt’s lymphoma at his home in Dallas.
Harmon was a native of Hudson, Mass., and had lived in the Dallas area for the past 10 years. He attended St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., and had a bachelor of science degree in hotel management from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
Harmon participated in the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS and in the American Spaniel Club.
At the time of his death, Harmon was global field sales director for Omni Hotels and director of G-Leads for Global Hotel Alliance. Before going to work for Omni, he was training manager for Newmarket International.
He is survived by his partner, Stuart Boslow of Grapevine; his father Ronald Harmon and mother Jane Harmon of Hudson, Mass.; his grandfather Albert Harmon and grandmother Marion Harmon of Marion, N.C.; and his friends Jerrod Resweber and Rob Mclellan of Dallas.
A memorial service was held May 30 in Dallas, with more than 100 family members, friends and coworkers attending. A graveside service was held June 13 at Forestval Cemetery in Hudson in a location Harmon chose.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St., Dallas, Texas 75219-3403; or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 811 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 425, Dallas, Texas 75251.
Todd Matthew LaLone, 35, died of lymphoma on June 19 at Sulphur Springs Memorial Hospital.
LaLone was a native of Midland, Mich., and had lived in the Dallas area for the last eight years. He attended Midland High School in his hometown and then went to the U.S. Navy’s Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago. He was a member of the Spartan Motorcycle Club in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He served aboard the U.S.S. Wasp, stationed in Norfolk, Va.
He was preceded in death by his father, James LaLone, who died in 2000, and his brother, Mark LaLone, who died in 1974.
LaLone is survived by his husband, Joshua Martinez of Cumby, Texas; his mother, Janet Kay Hutchinson, and step-father, Orval Hutchinson, of St. Louis, Mich.; his sisters, Michelle LaLone and Kimberly Duford of Midland, Mich.; his brothers, David LaLone of Ithaca, Mich., Larry LaLone of Midland, Mich., Scott LaLone and wife Michelle of Boligee, Ala., and Terry LaLone of Alma, Mich.; his best friend Ed McDermot of Ennis; and Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, Tobias and Alley Cat, the cats he shared with his husband.
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 26, 2009.