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Steve Avilla 62, passed away April 13, 2013 following heart surgery. He was surrounded by his loving wife and sons. He was born in Alameda, California August 1, 1950 to Urban and Pearl Avilla and came to the valley when he was 6 years old. Steve graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968 and Arizona State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A Tempe resident for 36 years he had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to tell stories, sang karaoke, and played the guitar. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of 40 years, Celeste, and a loving father to his two sons Matthew Ryan and William Lewis. He is also survived by his brother, Michael T. Avilla (Carol), sister, Mary Luckenbill (Christopher) his brother, Timothy K. Avilla (Jackie) and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by all of those who knew and loved him. Services will be held at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Avenue on Saturday April 20, 2013 at 11:30 am. A reception will be held in his honor following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, www.firstfoodbank.org
Tempe Mortuary - Tempe
405 E Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013