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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Steven Merrill Flint, 49, of AuSable Forks, N.Y. and Tremont City, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Hospice of Dayton after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer.Steven went home to God to be Heaven's River Keeper.

He was born on March 23, 1961 in Springfield, Ohio the son of Marylin (Zimmerman) Flint and Kendall M. Flint.

Steven graduated from Greenon High School in 1979. He attended Wright State University for two years, studying hydrology. He served in the United States Air Force for four years. Steven worked for the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1994 to 2000, beginning as the Riverkeeper for Ohio's rivers and streams and then worked as the Darby Creek Education and Outreach Coordinator. Many articles were written about his work as the Riverkeeper. Steven then worked at the Adirondack Chapter of the New York Nature Conservancy from 2001 to 2010 as the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator. He belonged to the Smallmouth Alliance, a sportfishing group, and during this time he gave many speeches and presentations. Steven was an outstanding writer with many of his articles being published in fishing magazines and sports newspaper articles. He was a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was active in the Big Brother Big Sister organization. Over the years, he filmed five television shows with Don Meissner for Streamside, which were shown on Public Broadcasting stations. Steven was very proud of these accomplishments.

Steven was an avid fisherman and a licensed New York State fishing and hunting guide. He worked tirelessly on behalf of conservation and the aquatic systems which gave him much solace. Steven was baptized in the Mad River in Tremont City on Sept. 3, 2010.

He is survived by his mother, Marylin Flint of Tremont City; father, Kendall Flint of Virginia; brother, Matthew (Katherine) Flint of New Carlisle; sisters, Kendra Flint Kitzmiller of Tremont City and Linda Flint Moore of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandmothers, Venus A. Zimmerman of Springfield, Ohio and Esther Flint of New Hampshire; three aunts and two uncles of New Hampshire;nephews and nieces, Robbie Holt, Zach Flint, Caleb Browning, Jack Moore, Holly Flint, and Sarrah Gaston; grandnieces and nephew, Denise and David Gaston and Jordyn Flint (his little angel on earth); and Rebecca Flint, his former wife and close friend.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Merrill V. Zimmerman (his mentor) and Charles K. Flint.

Steven leaves many friends and co-workers who loved and admired him.