Steven Oel Spelman, Jr.

Steven Oel Spelman, Jr.

October 25, 1960 - August 13, 2011

Steven Oel Spelman, Jr.

October 25, 1960 - August 13, 2011


Steven Oel Spelman, Jr., 50, of Southern California, died August 13, 2011, at his Coto de Caza home.

Steven was born October 25, 1960, in Pasadena, California, to Steven Sr. and Carol. He attended Richard Henry Dana Elementary School, Marco Forster Middle School and Dana Hills High School. He continued his education at University of California Santa Barbara, where he earned his BA in Economics and was granted a fellowship at University of Southern California, where he earned his MBA. Steven competed as an Academic Decathlon student in high school and later supported the Orange County Academic Decathlon as an advisor to the students and helped to run the competitions.

He enjoyed baseball, surfing and volleyball growing up and continued surfing and volleyball for many years. He loved golfing with friends and fly fishing in Idaho and Colorado.

Steven is survived by his wife, Michelle; sons, Andrew and Michael; daughter, Hailey; stepchildren, Thomas and Sarah Trauger; and mother, Carol Rush. He was predeceased by his father, Steven Oel Spelman, Sr. He was the oldest of four and is survived by Janet, Laura and Mark.

He had an accomplished business career, joining Arthur Andersen as a CPA, followed by roles as Chief Financial Officer for Capital Pacific Holdings and President of Banning Lewis Ranch. He and Michelle purchased their own winery and produced award-winning Joliet Vineyards Zinfandel.

Steven was generous with his money and a strong supporter to his family. He was in the middle of putting four of five children through college, with his youngest starting next year. He was looking forward to grandchildren and was cherished by his young nieces, Brianna and Samantha. His older nieces, Ashlee and Kathrin, have fond memories of their uncle Steve and loved him dearly.

Services will be held at 2pm on September 3rd at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club and we welcome friends, family and colleagues. A small family ceremony will be held earlier that day to spread his ashes at sea.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Steven’s memory to the Orange County Academic Decathlon Association.

OCAD Association
PO Box 9050
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
Attn: Kristin Rigby

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59 responses to Steven Oel Spelman, Jr.

  1. I was so shocked to hear of Steve’s untimely passing. My brother and I were close friends with Steve growing up in Dana Point and counted him as a dear friend. My deepest condolences to Michelle and the entire Spelman family.

  2. Barb Willett says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s Family…I hadn’t seen him since our 20th reunion, he was a great guy! Alot of fond memories from High School years..He had the greates sense of humor..I will always remember the long haired surfer “dude” that he was in high school…he will be missed and my thoughts will be with you all as you say goodbye on Saturday.

  3. Michelle
    I am so sorry for your loss…you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless…


    Camille Chelf Kraus

  4. Very sorry for your loss I enjoyed visiting with Steve when I saw him in the office. We used to go to the same barber in Dana Point. He will be missed.

  5. Dear Michelle,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family. We are keeping you in our thoughts in prayers during this time.
    Jeanette and Ryan O’Toole

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