Staff Sergeant Alexander Joseph "A.J." Stolp passed away on May 20, 2021. A.J. grew up in Costa Mesa, CA. After graduating from Estancia High School, he moved on to Orange Coast College and then Cal State Long Beach where he earned a BA in History. After graduation, A.J. decided to pursue his true calling, which was to join the military. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2011 and began training as an Intelligence Officer. Serving in the military was one of his greatest joys, as he earned each rank with great honor. He was stationed in various locations around the U.S. and did two tours of duty, one in Afghanistan and one in Romania. He was also inspired to pursue training in Krav Maga and Ju Jitsu. In addition to his military service, A.J. was an avid reader and artist, who had a love for astronomy, computer and video games, and the outdoors. During his years in the Boy Scouts of America, he spent numerous nights camping and backpacking in various places around California, including the summit of Mt. Whitney. He also earned his certification as a dive master in recreational scuba diving. A.J. is survived by his mother Debi, his father Thomas, his brother Travis, his grandparents Jim and Joan Stolp, his Uncle Tim (Sharon), his Uncle Jerry (Karen), his Aunt Keli (Dan), and his cousins. The tremendous amount of love and support shown by his extended family, friends, and comrades has been deeply appreciated by the Stolp family. A.J. is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held on June 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at Harbor Lawn Mt. Olive Mortuary, 1625 Gisler Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any suicide prevention organization of your choice.
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Published by Orange County Register on May 29, 2021.