Stephen Craig Spain

Stephen Craig Spain

July 25, 1954 - February 13, 2024

Stephen Craig Spain

July 25, 1954 - February 13, 2024


Stephen Craig Spain, a cherished beacon of joy and kindness, passed away on February 13, 2024, at the age of 69. Born on July 25, 1954, to Dorothy Emogene Williams (Woods) and Emil Leon Spain, and later stepson to Arthur Fredrick Williams, Stephen’s early years were marked by the love of his family, including his adored grandmother, Nellie Woods.

Stephen’s life was a testament to his adventurous spirit and compassionate heart. As a youth, he was an exceptional athlete, particularly in track, showcasing his remarkable speed and encouraging others as the captain of the track team. He loved fishing, hiking and spending time outdoors, especially with his lifelong friend John Guilbert. His journey led him to serve in the army, after which he lived in South Korea, working as a translator. His dedication during this time was honored with a plaque, expressing their “Happy Days” with him, from the Ministry of Government Administration of the Republic of South Korea in 1981.

Upon returning to the United States, Stephen continued to touch lives through his work in the finance department of the County of Orange. He spent his free time traveling, collecting antiques, art and other rare collectibles, always with a smile on his face. He adored all animals especially his cat, Sammy. His retirement years in Mission Viejo were filled with acts of kindness, as he became a beloved figure in his community, especially known for his care and friendship towards his neighbor Jim.

Preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Stephen leaves behind a legacy of love through his siblings Dixon Lee Spain, Victoria Ann Paez (Spain), Lynn Olive Gassman (Spain), and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Stephen’s final wishes were to be cremated, with his ashes to join his beloved grandmother in North Dakota, and a portion of his ashes to be in Chicago with his family. In lieu of a funeral, those wishing to honor Stephen’s memory are encouraged to donate to The Braille Institute in recognition of the support and empowerment they provided him. Click here to donate to the Braille Institute.

Stephen’s life was a journey of kindness, generosity, and compassion. He will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing the ray of sunshine that he was.

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