Tracy Charles Steele left his family far too soon in the early morning hours of July 16, 2013, in Fairbanks. He was only 53 years old.
Tracy was born in Walnut Creek, Calif., on July 23, 1959. However, since the family moved to Alaska before he celebrated his first birthday, Alaska has always been his home.
He attended Immaculate Conception School, West Valley High School, Hutchison Career Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Tracy's career choices were diverse, and over the years he made and enjoyed many different professional relationships. He was well-known for his culinary expertise in the kitchens of several local fine-dining establishments. He was the head chef for British Petroleum and Nana Marriott in Prudhoe Bay, among others. He began working in the automobile business, selling cars in 2001 for Fairbanks Nissan. His latest endeavor was at Chevrolet Cadillac of Fairbanks, where he began as a salesman and worked his way into a finance manager's position.
Tracy had a wonderfully warm personality which was expressed by his deep caring for the well-being of his many friends and family members. He was outgoing, witty and had a humorous way of looking at life.
Tracy enjoyed practicing martial arts and was a dedicated Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast. He enjoyed playing video games, his guitar, fishing, camping, boating and cooking for family. He often cooked for his mother, and she enjoyed the special treatment and time with her son. They often enjoyed dining at the Pagoda, one of Tracy's favorite restaurants.
Tracy traveled extensively, having visited most of the countries on the European continent, as well as Fiji, Canada and Australia. He enjoyed the different cuisines wherever he traveled. He also traveled closer to home, exploring historic and interesting places in the states. The family spent last Christmas in Hawaii becoming familiar with the different beaches, caverns, and various places of interest throughout the islands. He was looking forward to returning to experience more of their history, culture, and cuisines.
The entire family just returned from a week long camping and fishing trip to Tangle Lakes during the Fourth of July. He enjoyed time with his mother, sisters, nieces, great-nieces, nephews and a great-great niece around the campfire, eating delicious food, and of course, making s'mores.
Tracy is survived by his mother, Lorraine G. Province, of Fairbanks; sisters, Kay Bullock, of Wasilla, and Cherrie (Terry) Forness, of Nenana; nieces, Loi (Jeremy) Morin, of Fort Wainwright, Tanya Steele (Damon Tabor), of Wasilla, Kristi Elkins, of Anchorage, and Jen (Joe) Miller, of Gladstone, N.D.; 15 great nieces and nephews (plus one in the oven); and one great-great niece.
He was preceded in death by his fathers, Chuck Steele and Ed Province; his grandmother, Anna May Glover; and his great niece, Ashley Hecox.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the family residence of his mother, Lorraine Province, 490 Chatanika Dr., Fairbanks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Tracy's honor to the American Diabetes Foundation.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.