Broderick Neil Stearns

Broderick Neil Stearns

Broderick Neil Stearns was born January 16, 1974 to Crystal (Allen) and Philip Neil Stearns at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He passed from this life on February 17, 2021 at the age of 47 from COVID 19, at OU Medical Center.

Broderick was a graduate from Lone Grove High School in the class of 1992, where is attended since Kindergarten. Upon graduation he enrolled at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and received an Applied Science/Photography degree in 1996, awarded with honors and top of his class.

He had internships for the Tulsa World and University of Tulsa, where he photographed the NCAA Basketball Semi Finals. His career began at the Daily Ardmoreite, then The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. for 16 years. During his time at Noble, Broderick received multiple awards from the Association of Communications Excellence (ACE), Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ), Oklahoma Pro Chapter and Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA). Throughout his career, he had various freelance jobs which included the 2014 NFL Draft in New York, College Softball Lone Star Conference, various college sports events and MLB Baseball. He loved taking photos of his son's football games and powerlifting meets and his step-daughter's basketball games.

Broderick's photos were published in National Geographic, the cover of Outdoor Oklahoma Magazine, the cover of Catch Magazine and various covers of the Chickasaw Telephone Company phonebook.

On August 5, 2017 he married Amie (Denson) Morgan in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was a lifelong resident of the Ardmore area and a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. Broderick had a wide range of talents including photography, cooking, and baking artisan breads. He loved his red jeep, the "Red Rooster". Broderick had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking photos. He also enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers, all OSU sports, motocross, and NASCAR. In his free time, Broderick planned practical jokes at his family's expense.

Broderick was preceded in death by his grandmother, Eppie Allen, and grandparents Sam and June Stearns.

He is survived by his wife Amie Stearns of the home; son Mason Stearns of Stillwater, Oklahoma; stepdaughter Kati Morgan of the home; parents Philip and Crystal Stearns of Lone Grove; grandfather Arman Allen and his wife Pearline of Lone Grove; sister-in-law Keri Capraro and her husband Shannon of Chicago, IL; uncles Glen Allen and his wife Jackie of Lone Grove, and Barry Stearns and his wife Laney of Sand Springs, OK; Aunt Joni Brown and her husband Wes of Norman, OK; in-laws Mickey and Susan Hart; cousins Tonya Allen, Monica Myers, Whitney Bingham and her husband Seth; Josh Stearns and his wife Stacia, Caleb Brown, and Abbie Feliciano; along with numerous, extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. with Dillon Payne officiating. The memorial service can be viewed on Craddock Funeral Home's YouTube page at the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN_RtdrYeYk

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hickory Creek Child Center at 1408 4th Ave. NW Ardmore, OK 73401, the American Red Cross South Central OK at 1006 NW Blvd. Ardmore, OK 73401, Oklahoma Blood Institute at 2235 Merrick Dr. Ardmore, OK 73401, and the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation at P.O Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73401.

Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com

Published on February 21, 2021