Steve Sax and ex-wife Debbie's family life explored as son passes age 33

Eve Edwards June 12, 2022
Steve Sax and ex-wife Debbie's family life explored as son passes age 33
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Tragedy has struck former Los Angeles Dodgers star Steve Sax after his son, John, was confirmed as one of five Marines killed in a training flight crash.

The military aircraft crashed in the California desert on Wednesday, 8 June 2022. Captain John J Sax was part of the crew of an MV-22 Osprey operated by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. All personnel on board were killed in the accident.

Following the tragic news of John Sax’s passing, people are curious to know more about Steve Sax and ex-wife Debbie Graham’s family life.

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Who is Steve Sax’s ex wife?

Former baseball star Steve Sax was married to Debbie Graham. They married on 21 October 1986, having met the previous spring. In a Los Angeles Times report just months after their wedding, Sax revealed the couple had tied the knot in Maui, Hawaii.

Debbie and Steve Sax’s relationship remained largely out of the spotlight until their divorce put a spanner in the works for Sax’s burgeoning political career. After retiring from baseball in 1994, Steve Sax ventured into the political realm, deciding to run for a seat in the California State Assembly 5th District as a Republican in 1995. Sax later dropped out of the race after news of his divorce from Debbie Graham became public knowledge. This means Debbie and Steve Sax would have separated in the mid-1990s.

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Debbie and Steve Sax’s family life

Captain John J Sax was the second child of Debbie and Steve Sax. He was born in August 1988, little more than a year after his sister, Lauren Ashley Sax, who was born in July 1987.

CBS reported John J Sax was from Placer, California, so it’s likely Lauren was also from Placer. Their father, Steve Sax, was originally from West Sacramento, California, meaning the family have always been West Coast-based.

Steve Sax was born on 29 January 1960, meaning he would have been 26 years old when he married Debbie Graham. Sax would have been 27 years old when Lauren was born and 28 by the time of John’s birth. It is unconfirmed how old Debbie Graham is.

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Steve Sax pays tribute to his son

As news of Captain John J Sax’s passing broke, his father penned a tribute in his honour.

“It is with complete devastation that I announce my precious son, Johnny, was one of the five US Marines who perished on Wednesday, 8 June in the Osprey military crash near San Diego,” Steve Sax said in a statement.

“For those of you who knew Johnny, you saw his huge smile, bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, the joy of flying airplanes and defending our country! He was my hero and the best man I know, there was no better person to defend our country.”

“There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was to fly! I am so proud of the man he became and so proud to call him my son. This loss will change my life forever and is a loss to not only the Marines but this world.”

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.