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Steven R. Starbuck

1967 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Steven R. Starbuck Obituary
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 9 at 2 p.m. for Steven Ross Starbuck, loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, who passed away December 18, 2015.
Steve was born and raised in Bakersfield, the son of Ed and Susan Starbuck. He attended Noble Elementary, Washington Jr. High, and was a graduate of East Bakersfield High Class of 1985. Growing up, Steve and his brother Ryan had a lot a great times playing on East High's soccer and tennis teams together, where they met many mutual friends. Steve also enjoyed playing baseball and building and flying model sail planes. Some of their favorite childhood memories included fishing and waterskiing during family vacations at both Bass Lake and Clear Lake.
Steve was a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. It was at Cal Poly that he met his future wife, Bakersfield native Jennifer Jones. He graduated in 1990 and he and Jennifer married shortly afterward. They settled in Bakersfield where he began his career as a CPA with Ernst and Young then soon moved over to Brown Armstrong, where he had successful 25-year career, achieving the position of managing partner.
Daughter Megan was born in 1994 and son Anthony followed in 1996. Steve deeply loved his family and the time they spent together. This included vacations like the annual Bakersfield Migration to Carpentaria Beach, Carnival Cruises, and the Mexico trip with special friends the Pauldens and Nielsens. Steve was the ultimate sports dad - an avid cheerleader and videographer of his kids' volleyball and hockey events. A special bond was later formed when Anthony took up golf and the two of them began playing together.
A new chapter of Steve's life began when Megan was accepted to Texas A&M University; Steve became a true Aggie. He loved wearing the shirt, watching football games with Anthony, and traveling to Texas to be with Megan so they could attend the games together. A huge, proud moment occurred just a few months ago when Megan earned her Aggie ring, and Steve and Jennifer were there to celebrate. He was equally as proud when Anthony received a golf scholarship to attend the University of Hawaii, Hilo.
Steve's thoughtfulness and generosity extended well beyond his family. His community involvement included leadership roles in the Active 20/30 Club of Bakersfield, the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, Bakersfield Dragons, Kern County Hockey Club, Southern California Amateur Hockey Association; the MadoroM Foundation, the Children's Advocates Resource Endowment (CARE); Stockdale Country Club, the Police Activities League, and the Kern County Cancer Fund. His professional affiliations included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants/Bakersfield, Government Finance Officers Association, Council of Petroleum Accountants Society, and the California Independent Petroleum Association.
Steve loved family and friends, golfing, fishing, watching soccer, Barrett Jackson car auctions, and open-track driving (great recent memories of 160 MPH in a Formula 1 prototype). He also loved Jules, the "foreign exchange student" whom this past summer moved in during Steve and Jennifer's short-lived Empty Nest Syndrome. Steve and Jules had a few recent adventures, including a street race with a brand-new Porsche 911 (Jules won) and giving a certain Birthday Boy the ride of his life after lunch at the Pyrenees. This passenger told Steve he was, "scared to death the entire time, but it was worth it."
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Jennifer, daughter Megan and son Anthony, parents Ed and Susan Starbuck, brother Ryan and wife Deanna, niece Taylor, in-laws Trent and Betty Jones, brother in law Chris Jones and nephew Cianan, Uncles and Aunts Bob and Mary La Croix, Fred and Patti Velligan, Skip and Cathy Groff, numerous cousins, and extended family.
Our deepest gratitude to the Bakersfield City firefighters, Hall Ambulance paramedics, and the doctors and nurses at Mercy Southwest, whom in our most difficult hours treated our family with incredible care and compassion. We also want to thank Dr. Robin Matuk, whom we consider not just Steve's doctor, but his friend.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Steve's name to one of his favorite charities; The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, Active 20/30 Club of Bakersfield, or Children's Advocate Resource Endowment (CARE).
Just a few weeks ago, our family celebrated Thanksgiving together in Hawaii, where we created some very special memories. Steve commented that, "This was one of our very best vacations - because it was just us."
In the race of life, some of us will cross the finish line sooner than others. In 48 years, Steve created more memories than some could achieve in twice that time. Having left his loving imprint on our lives, Steve can now take his victory lap. He watches over us from above, yet the sparkle in his eye, his wicked sense of humor, and that engaging Cheshire-cat smile will remain. We will love and miss him forever.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 6, 2016
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