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.

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  1. I am going to miss the “big Guy” terribly! Having both worked with Steve and enjoyed golf together, I can attest to his generosity,loyalty,great sense of humor and steadfast love for his family! One golf outing we sahred at PGA West with his sons is still on my top 5 outingslist ever! To suggest we laughed and enjoyed the kinship that day is a gross understatement; I am going to miss my friend.

  2. Steve Brake says:

    I will cherish many fond memories of Steve who recruited me to work at Arthur Andersen in 1995, as well as serving on the OCAD Board with Steve from ~2000 until present. My thoughts are with the family and he will be missed!

  3. I was so sad to hear this tragic news. Steve was such a dear friend to me at Arthur Andersen. He had a such big heart. I will always remember the nice things he did for people. Michelle, I will keep you and the kids in our prayers.

  4. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of great loss. With much love, Auntie Deena & Bernie

  5. Lynne Reade says:

    As Steve’s aunt Carol’s sister, my best memories are of Steve as a little boy. Our family used to see him often. He was a darling child.

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