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Manley, Steven M. SAN DIEGO -- Steve Manley passed away peacefully Monday, October 28, 2013, with his wife Suzanne at his side after a courageous and heroic battle against Mesothelioma. Steve was born in Pasadena, CA and went to elementary school in Hemet, CA. He attended Arrowview Junior High School in San Bernadino, CA and graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966 and served his country for four years during the Vietnam War. Upon returning to civilian life he worked for a short time at the American Pneumatic Tool Company. Steve then went to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company (nowAT&T), where he had a long successful career. He started as a Building Mechanic in Van Nuys, transferred to Anaheim and was subsequently promoted into management in the Information Systems Organization in Buena Park. He was transferred to San Diego in 1985, where he held many management positions in this organization until his retirement in San Diego on September 30, 2011. It was in San Diego where he met the love of his life, Suzanne in 1996 and they married in 2000. Steve stated many times that his life began when he met Suzanne and he finally knew what it meant to have a soul mate. Together they enjoyed numerous trips to the Napa/Sonoma Santa Rosa CA wine country, New Zealand Steamboat Springs, CO, Durango and Bayfield, CO, rock and roll and jazz concerts, dinner with friends and playing with their Australian Shepards Tucker and Cody. Steve was a remarkable man who touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a loving and devoted husband and friend, always willing to lend a helping hand and showing more concern for others than himself. He loved the ocean, surfing, road trips, the mountains, camping, fixing things, helping friends, attending his Navy Reunions, gardening, shopping and telling stories. He will be remembered for his sparkling eyes, his great sense of humor, hard work, attention to detail, negotiating skills, infectious smile, and imitations of Donald Duck. For the past four years he faced the challenges of dealing with Mesothelioma. He faced them all with strength, courage, dignity, a positive attitude, sense of humor and without complaint. His willingness to help others facing similar issues gave them the strength to come to grips with their own situation and face life with a different attitude. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Suzanne, sister Leanne Sauceda, nephews David and Steven Saudeda, niece Carolyn Juarez, step-daughter Geanine Sitkowski, and his dog Cody, as well as an extended family. We are all thankful for the wonderful years we shared with Steve and we were all blessed to have had him in our lives. He will be in our hearts forever. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in Steve's honor, Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 1:00 -3:30 p.m. at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128. Steve loved the beach, surfing, and Tommy Bahama shirts. Please feel free to come to his Celebration of Life "Island Style." The Burial Service with Military Honors will be at Miramar National Cemetery, Monday December 9, 2013, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those willing to honor Steve may do so by donating to Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, The ICU/PCU Unit, P.O. Box 2669, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 30, 2013
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