Stefan Scott Cvijanovich, born July 20, 1983, lost his three year battle with cancer at the young age of 29, on Saturday December 22, 2012. A longtime resident of Oxnard, he passed away at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. His father (Scott), mother (Francine), sister (Samantha), girlfriend (Gina), Granny Martha; and his Auntie Sherri were all at his side.
Stefan loved everything associated with Michael Jordan. He owned an extensive collection of Michael Jordan's shoes. He enjoyed driving "The Batmobile," his big, bad, black customized 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. Stefan had an in depth love for sports, he was partial to professional basketball, boxing, football, and baseball. His favorite television shows were on ESPN: Sportscenter, Pardon the Interruption, 1st and 10, and First Take.
His other interests included: discovering new restaurants/cuisine; studying history and reading up on current events. Stefan was a big movie buff. From the influence of his Papa Lou, he had an appreciation of the Clint Eastwood "spaghetti" westerns. He was a fan of The Godfather Trilogy, Good Fellas, and the Soprano series. He enjoyed the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and one of his favorite wrestlers was John Cena.
Stefan attended Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, St. John's Lutheran School, and Santa Clara High School (SCHS); he was a member of the 1999 SCHS State Basketball Championship team. Stefan was well read, bright, articulate, witty and animated. He had a strong analytical mind. By the tender age of 10 he would finish a Grisham novel in a few hours, then be able to tell you all about it in the span of five minutes, and he would read the daily newspaper with great interest. He could put on a debate and challenge the most knowledgeable, on everything from current affairs to who received the best value on a player trade and why Kareem should be considered the best Laker ever. An avid reader, his mind was sharp, his will strong, and his humor hilarious.
He was very enthusiastic and he had a certain charm about him combined with an extremely adventurous ambition that was ready to take on all challenges.
He is survived by his father, Scott Cvijanovich; mother, Francine Smith (Urango); sister, Samantha; his niece, Jezel; his grandparents, Louis and Martha Cvijanovich; his uncles, Samuel (Kathryn), Stefan, Susie, Stan, Debbie, Stuart, Stacey (Michelle); along with his two aunts, Sue and Sherri Cvijanovich and their families; his Nino Louis Martinez and Nina Christina (Urango) Martinez; his uncle Rick Mann and aunt Sylvia (Urango) Mann and their families. The love of his life, Gina Palomares, "cupcake." Stefan was preceded in death by his loving grandparents, Romelo and Virginia Urango. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
Stefan's battle with cancer brought him much pain and suffering and knowing he believed in a merciful God; we know he is no longer in pain. Those of us who love him deal with the loss in our hearts but carry on the belief that one day we will be together with him again.
Cancer may have taken his life, but it never took his will to live or his zest for life. His spirit will live on through all of us that loved him so dearly.
A Rosary will be held at the David L. Tipton memorial Chapel at Reardon Funeral Home at 511 North A St. in Oxnard on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, Friday the 28 at 12 noon, burial to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation at www.wish.org or In Memory of Stefan
where Stefan's favorite basketball player Michael Jordan is the Chief Wish Ambassador.
Stefan has been entrusted to the care of family owned and operated Reardon FuneralHome. To pay tribute to Stefan's life please visit new">www.reardonfh.com.