Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Steven Roy Laxton passed away the afternoon of Friday December 2nd, 2005 after suffering a heart attack several days earlier. In 1988 Steve was selected by NBC to be a Technical Director for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since that point Steve's career in television sports took off, and he became one of the industry's premier Technical Directors. He worked on a freelance basis for all the networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and HBO. He also worked as a consultant on product development for several major broadcasts manufactures Abekas, Phillips, and Sony. Steve was known around the world as a leading expert in a very competitive and demanding field.
Condolences and kind remembrances can be sent to the family at Steves e-mail address StevieRoy@aol.com
A college scholarship fund is being set up for Megan and Brittany. Checks can be mailed Laxton Family Scholarship Fund, 2550 Breaux Trace, Seabrook, TX 77586.
A small tribute is schedule for 1:00pm on Saturday, December 10th at the Laxton Family home at 2550 Beaux Trace, Seabrook, TX 77586.

For those who knew him:
From: Ebersol, Dick (NBC Universal)
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 9:50 PM

It deeply saddens me to tell you that our good friend and extraordinarily talented Olympic Technical Director, Steve Laxton died this afternoon in Texas. He never recovered from a very serious heart attack several days ago.
From Atlanta to Sydney to Salt Lake to Athens, he was our pilot for every prime time Olympic telecast. No one in our entire Olympic family had the batting average under pressure that Steve Laxton had for all of us. He was always prepared...he was unfailingly generous...he was an extraordinarily warm and gentleman...he was our good friend. His combination of talent and humanity cannot be replaced. He will be sorely missed.
God speed the soul of Steve Laxton.
Dick Ebersol

Submitted by Gayle DePoli