It was with great sadness on Thursday that I heard the news that Steve Inness had taken his own life, jumping in front of a train as it approached downtown Davis earlier this week. Police say the accident occurred at 12:45 a.m. along Second Street between Mace and the Pole Line overcrossing.
While I did not know Steve well, he was a familiar person to many in the community. He was heavily involved in the student robotics team. He would often attend city council meetings, Jumpstart events and other city functions.
He always went out of his way to say hi and express his thoughts on the topic of the day.
I share this story out of profound sadness.
It was Tuesday around noon. I was outside of the Grocery Outlet with my daughter, having just dropped off the little one at his preschool at Valley Oak. Steve approached and looked very shaken. I asked how he was and he said not well.
He asked if I would take his photo, but it seemed like an odd request and my daughter was hungry and wanted to eat lunch. So I declined.
I asked him if he was okay and what was wrong. He didn’t want to get into it. As he headed off, I confirmed with him again that he was all right and he said he was.
I have since talked to a lot of people who knew him far better than I did, who shared with me some of his struggles. One person told me that Steve was probably asking for a photo wanting to be remembered. I regret not taking the photo now. So I thought maybe writing this brief story would serve to honor his wishes.
I have also read many great stories of how Steve touched their lives. I am hoping that those of you who knew him better than I did, can share your thoughts and experiences.