April 7, 1958 - August 10, 2014
Beloved son, brother, husband, father, and community member Cyril Stephen Dabovich (known to all as Steve) passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 10th, 2014 in Redding, CA, at the age of 56.
Steve was born April 7, 1958 in Mt. Shasta, CA to Cyril H. Dabovich and Rosemary Ring Dabovich. Growing up in Churn Creek Bottom, with his mother and stepfather, Gary Johnson, he attended Pacheco Elementary School and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1977.
Steve's goal, from the age of 5, was to be a farmer. In high school, he served as President of the Future Farmers of America chapter, and before graduation he and friend Tom Gregory had already started a haying and mowing business that sealed his life-long love of working the land.
Steve owned Dabovich Farming & Custom Tractor Work, as well as Dabovich Heavy Equipment Repair, but he was really a jack-of-all-trades, excelling at all. A self-taught mechanic and welder, Steve worked with blacksmith Jim Tomasini to design and operate an ingenious fiber optic "rail plow" fabricated out of an old railroad car, which was used to lay fiber optic cable for communications companies.
As his daughter Hannah recalled, "He always had the humor and the smarts to resolve any problem, and was able to fix anything." His wife Ronna added, "Steve didn't find problems, he found challenges, and he would meet that challenge and go on." Steve's creativity and whimsy can also be seen in the weathervanes he created atop many barns and roofs in Shasta County.
Steve met Ronna Crews at a country western dance in Cottonwood, and they married in 1988. After more than 25 years of marriage, he and Ronna still commanded the dance floor, delighting spectators with their smooth and fancy footwork. They were the proud parents of Sara and Hannah.
Steve had a big heart, a great smile, loved people, and could talk to anyone about anything. He had an infectious sense of humor, and was always the source of a good story, delighting in swapping tales with friends, colleagues, or strangers alike.
Steve was President of the Shasta County Cattlemen, and served twice as Master of the Reading Masonic Lodge 254 during his 25 years as a member. He was a member of the Redding Elks, the Traildusters RV Club, and the Shriners.
Steve is survived by his mother and stepfather, Rosemary and Gary Johnson; wife Ronna Dabovich; daughters Sara and Hannah Dabovich; sister Ann Dabovich, brother-in-law Jerry Allen, and niece Emily Allen of San Francisco, CA; his aunt Peggy Gilley of Medford, OR; and many cousins, including Donald and Inez Maraglia Johnson of Medford, OR; and Pamela Fawcett-Moore and Bill Moore of Mt. Shasta, CA. He was predeceased by his father Cyril Harron Dabovich.
There will be private family services with burial in the Ring family plot at the Hill-Dunn Cemetery in Ashland, Oregon. A celebration of Steve's life will be held at the Redding Elks Lodge on September 25, 2014, with services at 11am followed by a reception. The family invites all who knew Steve to come share their memories. He will be greatly missed, and always loved.
A fund for his wife and daughters has been established at Five Star Bank. Tax-deductible donations may be directed to the Steve Dabovich Memorial Fund, care of Five Star Bank 358 Hartnell Avenue Suite B Redding, CA 96002 or the Redding Masonic Lodge P.O. Box 494712 Redding, CA 96049.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Aug. 13, 2014