Steve Westing, 59, died on February 10th, 2021 at his home in Chandler, AZ.
Steve was born in Denver, CO on September 11th, 1961. Growing up in Denver, he was an avid skier and played a few other sports in high school. At 17, he hopped on a bus and headed to Phoenix to pursue an engineering degree.
Steve met Dawn in 1988, on a ski trip with friends, and they were married on November 11th, 1995. They enjoyed movies, traveling, sporting events, and having annual Super Bowl parties that lasted over 2 decades. Steve loved Nascar and football, and hated Kyle Busch and Tom Brady!
He excelled in his engineering career, as a Senior Electrical Engineer. He participated in MANY rocket launches over his career- and a few times was one of the people just before launch to say ‘we are go’! Most of Steve’s work was related to satellites, launched by rockets, and mostly served NASA or Department of Defense. He received many awards and accolades in his career of more than 30 years. He was the go-to-guy due to his immense knowledge, history, work ethic, and high-level security clearance.
Steve and Dawn welcomed their son Mitch in 1999, and son and daughter Luke and Claire in 2005. The kid’s and their activities were such a blessing to Dawn and Steve. Sports, plays, band, choir, camps, art, rock climbing, whatever it was – Dawn and Steve were there and very proud of the kids.
One of Steve’s very favorite places is the family cabin. Steve and Dawn purchased a cabin (unfinished) and 10 acres of land in Northern AZ, with Dawn’s parents in 2006. The cabin immediately became of place of family gatherings and lots of work. Steve and Don Schoenike (Dawn’s dad) worked tirelessly on finishing the cabin – doing everything from walls, building decks, installing and converting solar to electrical, plumbing, and everything else. But there was always time for hikes, motorcycle rides, ladderball, checkers, board games, grilling, and some drinks around the fire.
Family vacations were another source of great joy for Steve. His favorites by far were the epic 8 state RV trip that he planned, our recent Alaskan cruise, and maybe Hawaii. Steve didn’t talk much, but when he did, it was likely about the cabin, his kids, or one of his favorite trips.
Steve is survived by his wife Dawn, children Mitch (21), Luke (15), Claire (15) and sisters Elyse Sensabaugh (Doug), Kathleen Harwood (Michael), Heather Westing (Dianna), brother-in-law Michael Schoenike (Janine) and several nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life Services are being planned for May. No specific dates have been set at this time. Please visit www.azlegacyfuneralhome.com to share condolences and memories for the family.