Stephen York


On April 12, 2021, at their home, the York family lost their loved one, Stephen Gary York. Stephen (Steve) was born on Jan. 24, 1953 at the then Miami Inspiration Hospital in Miami, Ariz. to Elijah Marion (Mutt) and Edna M. (Farmer) York.

Steve attended school in Miami School District and graduated with the class of 1971, which was the first class to attend the new high school as freshmen, graduating as seniors. Following high school graduation Steve enrolled in the local apprenticeship program in carpentry, which was the foundation of his chosen field of 45-plus years in the industry; he was an active, strong member of the union. His work took him all over the state of Arizona and many surrounding states, on projects large and small, old and new involving mining, highways and bridges, shopping malls, casinos, industrial works, wastewater treatment plants, remodeling and ranch housing.

Steve met and married his life partner, Dorothy (Dotty) Slack, a 40-plus year relationship which blessed them with five children, Cara Guadiana (Jason), Stephen York (Samantha), Meghan York (Tony Valenzuela), Leya Quiroz (Daniel (Danne) Quiroz Jr.) and Philip York (Brianne) and 13.5 grandchildren, Kiersten York, Gabriel Guadiana, Jacelyn and Kade York, Caleb and Brenden Philpot, Diego, Aeva and Ariah Valenzuela, Dannika and Wyatt Quiroz with Stephen (Stevie) Quiroz on the way, Elijah and Roselyn York and 4.5 great grandchildren, Liliana Gonzales, Maya and Levi Benton with Luka McCormick on the way, and William York.

A favorite pastime for Steve and his family was family gatherings that included extended family, special friends, wonderful food and drink, as he loved his beer and cigarettes, most importantly his music, playing, singing, and listening that was the heart of every gathering. Several of his children and a nephew carry on the music tradition they learned from him. Steve enjoyed his many outdoor activities of shooting, fishing, hunting, and camping trips throughout the years and could tell stories of the highs and lows of each trip.

Steve loved his family beyond measure, he never met a stranger, he could make you laugh on your down days and cry about laughing, he was your biggest fan and supportive in all that you chose to conquer, however he had a habit of starting home projects that he never quite finished.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Aubrey and Alan, sisters, Vincent Louise and Juanita, nieces, Kristin C. Barcón and Carissa R. Barcón and his father-in-law William (Bill) Slack. He is survived by his wife Dotty, his sisters, Marian Gail Ballesteros and Winona Dale Barcón, all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews and his mother-in-law, Sylvia Rodriguez Slack.

Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.

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