February 26, 1964 ~ January 14, 2019

Born in: El Paso, Texas
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Dr. Steven Spencer Perry, 54, died at his home with his wife by his side on Monday, January 14, 2019 from complications due to cancer.


Born Feb. 26, 1964 in El Paso, TX, he was raised in Texas, went to college at Southern Methodist University (in Dallas), medical school at Texas Tech University, and pediatrics residency in Houston, at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.  While in Houston, he was the chief resident for one of the largest residency programs in the country. Steve moved to Denver and joined Cherry Creek Pediatrics where he has been an owner and physician for 24 years. He served on the Medical Staff Board of Children’s Hospital Colorado and just concluded his Presidency of the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was active in several nonprofit organizations and with immunization issues.   


Survivors include his wife Jody Papini Perry, his parents Karl and Patricia Perry of El Paso, TX, brother Ken of Pasadena, CA,  sister Polly of El Paso,TX, In laws Dave and Donna Papini of Frederick, CO, brother in laws Jared Papini of Frederick, CO, and Jamie (Nicole) Papini of Cedar Rapids, IA,  and three nieces and a nephew.


Steve was dedicated to the healthcare of children.  Steve’s work ethic, compassion for others and willingness to listen and give sound advice to his patients are qualities that patients appreciated.  He had a wonderful sense of humor that allowed people of all ages to feel comfortable around him and want to engage with him. Whenever a situation got too serious, you could always count on Steve to bring laughter into the mix.  He was an amazing husband, son, brother and the best uncle any niece or nephew could ever want. He had a passion for cycling and travel with friends and family. When not working, he and his wife could often be found traveling around the world on their bicycles and enjoying life.  


Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., January 26th at Quebec Place at Fairmount.  430 S. Quebec St. Denver, CO 80247. Parking is in the North parking lot.


Memorial contributions in loving memory of Dr. Steve Perry can be made to Children’s Hospital of Colorado Foundation, Attn:  Amy Steward. 13123 East 16th Ave, Box 045, Aurora, CO 80045. Please include his name on the memo line.


Celebration of Life: January 26, 2019 10:00 am

Fairmount Cemetery
430 S Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80247

Room: Quebec Place

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Memories Timeline


  1. I will always remember you and I riding the brutal hills of Italy together. You made that trip even more memorable because you always had us laughing. You will be dearly missed

  2. My dear cousin, I have so many memories of you growing up. The puppet shows were my favorite. You were such a kind yet funny kid and you grew up to be an amazing person. All tho we lived so far away, our families were always close and kept in touch. I am so thankful I was able to see you in El Paso this past November. It’s not fair your life was cut short but God knows what he is doing and we just have to trust in him. You contributed so much to this world and will be greatly missed. Love you, Steve

  3. I am very sorry to hear that Steve has passed away. Unfortunately I lost touch with him after our years at SMU. I am glad that his obituary mentioned his sense of humor as that is what I remember most about him.
    I am sure that he was an amazingly caring Pediatrician.
    Bless his life and his family.

  4. What a loss! Steve took great care of our children who are now adults. My deepest sympathy to his family and everyone who worked with him.

  5. Our family is heartbroken to hear this sad news. Since all our five kids are now young adults, we hadn’t talked to Steve for a few years. He was always there for them as they grew u
    p, no matter what they needed. As kind and understanding as he was a brilliant physician, Steve Perry made a real difference in our lives and our kids’ lives. The pediatric community has lost a bright light much, much too soon.

  6. My Dear Steve, Although my heart is breaking because I miss you so much. I am happy that you no longer are suffering . You have always been such an important part of my life. You and Jody always made your Uncle Merle and I feel so special. Knowing you since birth, and getting together for so many fun times in El Paso, in Vegas, in Denver, Atlanta and California, are always going to remind me of my admiration and love for you. Seeing you in El Paso this past Thanksgiving, reminds me how special each and every day is. You took the time, as sick as you were, to call me often, and let me know how you were doing. Thank you! I’ll never forget your wonderful sense of humor. When you were in grade school, you delighted in telling me every “knock knock” joke you’d ever heard! I’ll never forget breaking down in the worst part of LA during the 80 Olympics. We decided to put you and Polly on a ratty bus, and you said, NO, I’ll wait till Merle fixes the car! Well, you got on the bus, as scared as you were, and you made it to the swimming event on time. Going home from the Rose Parade, you were making jokes about the two police in the car next to us. We were having a good laugh until we noticed our car window was open and so was theirs! I know you are going to have everyone in Heaven laughing! I love you so so much! Your Aunt Jackie

  7. Dear Steve,
    I regret so much I didn’t get to see you one last time. But, I will cherish all of the memories growing up in El Paso with you all and our visits back to El Paso. I especially loved our visit with you and Jody when I was helping Mary move to Steamboat Springs. And I was so grateful that she has you all to lean on while she lived up there. You and Jody were so fun and funny to be with. All of my kids (Susan and Brent and Joe and Corin and Mary) had such a good time with you all during Chantra and Scott’s wedding in Atlanta.
    I suppose it is true the good die young. Please watch over us all. I know you will be with us in spirit. But we will miss you so much.
    Your cousin,

  8. We are so deeply saddened to learn of this news. We met Steve 20+ years ago when Jody introduced us to him for our two sons, Kyle and Blake, and he often saw our daughter Caitlin as well. He was an incredible pediatrician, certainly, but an even better man. Over the course of numerous visits, we got to know Steve quite well as a doctor, a person and friend. In fact, at the request of our kiddos, we worked our schedules around his, to ensure we always met with “Dr. Steve.” He will be greatly missed, as will his genuine compassion, humor and intelligence. Our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the Perry family, his colleagues, and his numerous friends. We love you Steve, and will remember you always and forever. Respectfully, Erin, Michael, Caitlin, Kyle and Blake.

  9. My Family is heartbroken to hear this news. He was such a wonderful doctor and friend to my boys. They have been seeing him since they were born and are graduates now. We would like to send deepest sympathy our condolences to the family, Co-workers and friend. Our prayers are with you all. He was such a wonderful Man, Doctor and friend we will truly miss him.

  10. By far the best doctor I have ever been around. I wished he would see adults and I would have been first in line. He was an incredible teacher as well as physician. I always took his advice as absolute as I know it was well researched and with our kids best interest in mind. He always had a laugh in his voice and a smile on his face. He always made time in his schedule and never made you feel rushed. He did inspire me the way he lived his profession and still inspires me to this day. He was so much more than a doctor to our family and I’m incredibly saddened by his passing. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

  11. Our family is heartbroken to hear of Dr. Perry’s passing. Our children have seen him since they were born, now 18, 16 and 12 years old He is the only Dr. that they have known. He was their trusted friend. We traveled from Northern Colorado for Dr. Perry to see our children.
    Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. I don’t think you will find a more gentle, kind and genuine man. He will be truly missed.

  12. Dr. Steve was truly a one of a kind. He was more than a Doctor for my family and I. As my wife previously posted, we traveled from Northern Colorado to see Dr. Steve. He always made sure to fit us in around his busy schedule when any of the kids were sick. He was also an ally to my wife and I as we learned how to raise teenagers. I will miss you Dr. Steve. Thank you for always being there for our family.

  13. Our family is heartbroken by this extremely sad news. I met Dr. Steve at Texas Children’s Hospital in the 1980’s while I was working as an NNP in the NICU. He was our favorite fellow. Having moved to Denver and begun raising my family we were blessed to find Dr. Steve close to us once again. He has been a part of our family’s lives for 22 years and I can’t imagine how it will be without him. The loving, caring, and expert care, he gave to Emma, James, and Claire for so many years is one in a million. We will NEVER, EVER forget you Dr. Steve! You have always been there for us: When I would call you from out of town in the middle of the night with crazy medical situations, when Emma would reach out to you from college because she didn’t trust student health, when you worked so hard to help James gain weight for Division 1 hockey, and when you diagnosed Claire with Celiac at the age of 2, when no one else had a clue. We love you so much, God Bless you and all your Family

  14. It was such a pleasure to meet Steve in Las Vegas a few years ago. He was so much fun and it was clear he was a wonderful person. Even though I was a new acquaintence to him and other members of the Perry family, he made me feel like one of the family right away. He had a wonderful sense of humor and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet him. I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed, and he left us much too soon. With much sympathy and love, Marion

  15. Although my sons are grown, and I had not seen Steve for many years, I am saddened by his death. He was always warm and caring with my sons, thoughtful and patient with me. He was a wonderful man and a terrific doctor. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  16. The world has a huge void where the light from Steve’s presence is gone. I have known Steve for 17 years and he cared for my daughter all of that time. Through every challenge my daughter faced, Steve was compassionate and kind. His guidance and care of her (and me) was profound. When my daughter graduated from high school last May, it was such an accomplishment given her challenges. Steve sent her a wonderful card and told her how proud he was of her. It meant so much to her that he remembered. What a truly kind man he was. What a phenomenal doctor. I am so very sad I will never see him again. My memories of you Steve will never fade. Clarissa is the strong adult she is in part because of your care and guidance. We are blessed that you were in our life for the time that you were. Love and blessings to Steve’s family.

  17. I have such fond memories of Dr.Steve. He was my 3 sons doctor from birth until they were in their teens. He was always so caring, kind and took great care of my boys and we never felt rushed. It was a privilege to know Dr Steve.
    My deepest sympathy to his family.

  18. Dr. Perry was the most amazing pediatrician to our family. He couldn’t have been more caring, patient, kind and genuine and we so much appreciate the many years he helped us in so many ways. We’re so sad but so lucky to have known him and to have had our children in his care. We will remember him always.

  19. Steve was an amazing doctor to my three boys from the time that they were born. We all miss him so much. The consummate clinician with an amazing bedside manner. Always accessible if I ever needed anything. What a wonderful man who is gone far far too soon. Sending love to his family. We love you Dr. Steve! Drew, Nick, Owen and Karen Corsi

  20. Dr. Steve was a wonderful person and doctor. He helped to care for all 3 of my daughters. The last time
    I saw him we were both rounding at Rose hospital and he always asked about my girls.
    He will be missed and always loved. Prayers and peace for his family.
    Love, Dana Roper

  21. Dear Friends and Family of Dr. Perry… we are so deeply saddened by this news. Dr. Perry was an amazing physician and gave us 17 years of support to our three children. He even drove to our house to do a well check for us because our daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder and he wanted to make it easier for us. He also provided his personal cell phone to me and my husband to use when we had questions about her syndrome. We will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With deepest sympathies.

    Paul and Marci Grant

  22. Our family is so devastated by Dr. Steve’s passing. He provided such thoughtful and wonderful care to our two children for almost ten years, and was a steady, calming presence for us as we navigated the journey of new parenthood. We looked forward to seeing him every year and knew he would always make our kids smile. Our son, Will (8), remembers Dr. Steve as kind, funny, and caring. Our daughter, Audrey (10), shares her memories that Dr. Steve made going to the doctor’s office fun, and she always looked forward to her visits. Dr. Steve was a steady, reassuring presence for all of us and we will miss him dearly. We send our deepest sympathies to Steve’s family, friends, and his entire family at Cherry Creek Pediatrics.

  23. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Steven. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  24. My family considered Dr. Steve the best. He was so reasonable and listening to my concerns as a parent. We moved around the country as our children grew, but always knew we had the best doctor in Dr. Steve. When we returned to Denver we didn’t hesitate and returned to his practice. I’m so sorry for this loss. Dr. Steve, you will be missed.

  25. We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Perry’s passing. He was a wonderful, compassionate doctor to my two boys (12 & 7). Our family will miss him so much but we’ll always remember his kind smile.

  26. Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am that we were able to get to know Dr. Perry. For many years he took care of our two daughters at Cherry Creek Pediatrics; from our fearful first days as parents, to our youngest daughters Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis last winter and all the times in between. He was always compassionate, caring, happy and listened with enthusiasm and a keen ear. We will miss his heart-filled handshake and positive spirit but will keep our memories of him alive in our hearts.

  27. Dr. Perry was the only one who understood my son’s aversion to going to the doctor. His manner was so gentle and kind–even my stubborn kid relaxed in his presence. I was mortified when we had to drag him out from under the examination table, but Dr. Perry set me at ease by recalling that his brother bailed out of the moving car to avoid going to the doctor. We saw him only last year and he generously offered to continue my son’s care until he aged out on my insurance–what a relief that was for us. The news of his untimely death hit us hard. Our condolences to the family.

  28. The Rogers family is just devastated to learn of Dr. Perry’s passing. What a special human being he was. When our daughter was 3 he asked her “when is your birthday?”, she replied “Notember 16th!”. That’s been a long standing joke each year when her birthday rolls around … now 12 years later. You made going to the Doctor special, Dr. Perry. You will be greatly missed and so fondly remembered by so many. Thank you for the impact you had on our lives. ♥️

  29. We just found out that The best doctor isn’t around anymore. He was the best human being and doctor anyone could ask for. Rest in peace Steve Perry.

  30. Steve,
    Your fellow residents from BCM days have all been praying for your healing…now you are healed. What I remember was our crazy days as residents and the cme trip to New Orleans! Your love of food, fun, adventure, and people is unmatched. I will speak to you in my prayers until we see each other gain! Comfort, peace, and hope to all who love you!
    Joan Purcell

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