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Steven Wesley Rawlings
August 31, 1989 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 34) 34 Years Old
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Steven Wesley Rawlings, 34, of Sierra Vista, AZ, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, after a 51-day diagnosis with advanced stage signet ring cell carcinoma of the colon.
He was born on August 31, 1989 in Houston, Texas to Cynthia (née Chastang) and Bryan Rawlings. After Steven graduated from Galena Park High School in 2007, he joined the United States Navy where he served overseas as a nuclear electrician’s mate aboard the USS George HW Bush, CVN 77. He earned his degree in electronics engineering in 2016 from DeVry University.
Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, he met his wife Rachael (née Pridemore) in Columbus, Ohio and they married May 16, 2015. They had many adventures together, but perhaps the bravest one was when they moved to Arizona in 2017 with no plan. He worked at Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center for many years, and then for General Dynamics Information Technology the last few years of his life.
He will be remembered for his easy-going nature, quiet strength, and love of all things space—whether it be Star Wars or NASA or building toy rockets at the dining room table. In accordance with his final wishes, part of him will be launched into orbit in 2025 with the help of Beyond Burials.
Steven is survived by his wife, Rachael; mother, Cindy (Steve) Amalfitano; father, Bryan Rawlings; brother, Travis Rawlings; and grandmother, Patsy Chastang. He remains undeniably loved by innumerable friends and chosen family. His paternal grandparents, James and Arrie Fay Rawlings, and maternal grandfather, Roy E. Chastang, greeted him upon his passing.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for any who wish to attend. Both date and location are to be determined.
We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wolf Conservation Society (nywolf.org) or the Colorectal Cancer Alliance (ccalliance.org) in Steven’s name.