Komadina Family Album
1917 Grand Dad: Florian Croatian miner with his young family in Dawson, New Mexico 1926 Grand Ma, Julia, a miner’s widow, raises her children after a mine accident took Florian at age 32 1943 Mom and Dad’s (Marge and Tony) engagement picture from the Albuquerque Journal
1945 I was born and lived in downtown Albuquerque until 1949, when we moved to Girard N. E., by UNM 1951 Every Saturday morning we would head for the Highland Theater for kids shows, with action Westerns and serials
1963 I graduated from Highland High and entered UNM 1966 The summer found me entering the third class at the new UNM School of Medicine 1967 Penny and I married and she worked to help me finish school.
1969 Our first child, Jenny, was born in 1969. That same year the Navy sent me to Nepal via Viet Nam. 1977 As a commander in the US Navy, I made the hard decision to resign my commission and return to New Mexico, to serve the people I had grown up with. 1979 Our family grew to six wonderful kids over ten years, and they began public schools just like Penny and me
1980s Ballooning, Scouting, School Committees, soccer all seemed to fill every second of free time, but we loved serving as a family, and cherish the memories of those years. I served 6 terms as president of parent-teacher organizations.
1987 Just one of thousands of “New” New Mexicans I have been privileged to help get into the world. I have the best job! 1990 I will never forget the night 14 of my scouts received their Eagle Scout awards and I was awarded National Outstanding Scoutmaster. 1999 As President of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, after 16 years serving on it’s board, I gained experience working with State and city government, and worked with thousands of volunteers in putting on the most photographed event in the world.
Four Generations Komadina Family 2003
2001 Steve and V.P. Dick Cheney at Balloon Fiesta 2002 Steve and Penny Komadina 2004 Komadina Grandkids
Presides over the Senate 2005 1977-now Full-Time Private Practice Physician in New Mexico District 9 Steve briefs the White House on Prevention and Nutrition 2005
2003 Steve signs autographs on one of his International lectures on Nutrition and Prevention of Disease in Korea 2005 Steve and Penny walking a mile with their camels
2006 Steve as Horse Whisperer