Stephen Anthony Gatto, of Kerrville, Texas; formally of Tucson, Arizona and Lansing, Michigan, passed away at the age of 61 on Thursday, June 15th, 2023, in Kerrville, Texas. Steve was born in Valley County, Montana at Glasgow Air Force Base, on August 14th, 1961, to John and Frankie Gatto.
Steve was a graduate of Rincon High School, class of 1979 in Tucson AZ. Steve went on to get a degree in Finance from Arizona State University and Western Michigan Universities, Thomas M Cooley, School of Law in Lansing, MI. where he received his Juris Doctor.
Steve was a practicing attorney in Michigan, before accepting a position as a Senior Regulatory Consultant at the Michigan Exchange Carriers Association in 2002, where he worked for ten years. In 2013, Steve accepted a position with GVNW in Kerrville as regulatory and office manager. Steve became a strong advocate for rural carriers, especially in Texas and New Mexico, helping companies in rural counties to receive compensation and federal funding. In 2016, Steve was named the Southwest Division Manager. In 2021, GVNW merged with Vantage Point Solutions, where he would continue in his strong defense of rural companies. Steve was a constant presence with associations representing telephone cooperatives such as TSTCI, TTA and ANMA.
Steve was very passionate about Old West history and was somewhat of a historian. Steve was an accomplished writer of literary works in which he authored many books about Tombstone, AZ, (circa 1880’s) and the historical figures of the time. Steve was also an entrepreneur in many business endeavors, which included a line of sunglasses, and a Bar and Grill in Kerrville, TX.
Steve is preceded in death by his parents John and Frankie Gatto and his brother Michael Gatto. He is survived by many friends who enjoyed spending time and living life with him, those he worked with and those he knew from the cities where he lived.
Memorial services in celebration of his life are pending at this time and will be announced when they become available.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home.