Steven Anthony Wayne of Phoenix passed away on April 28, 2010. He was born in Panama City, Fla., on Feb. 22, 1969.
At a young age, Wayne and his family moved to San Bernardino, Calif. Shortly after his father’s passing in 1982, he moved to Lafayette, Calif., near San Francisco, to live with his older sister, Vicki, and brother-in-law, Grant. Wayne attended Acalanes High School in Lafayette, where he excelled in sports and made several life-long friends.
After graduating from high school in 1987, Wayne joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he did basic training in San Diego, Calif. While in boot camp, he was one of only seven recruits out of a Class of 70 to receive a meritorious promotion to First Class, which he and his family were immensely proud of. After basic training, Wayne was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division in 29 Palms, Calif., where he was trained as a machine gunner. His unit traveled and trained extensively overseas and participated in Operation Desert Shield in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Operation Desert Storm to liberate Kuwait. He received many decorations and awards, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Following military service, Wayne enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Moving to Arizona following graduation, Wayne worked in the transportation industry and joined Federal Express in Phoenix, where he worked his way up to senior account executive. At Federal Express, he made many friends and won several sales awards, including the President’s Club Award, which earned him and his family a trip to Maui.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Anthony R. Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Jill; stepdaughter, Kiley; mother, Joan; sisters, Vicki Hamill and Susan Johnson; brother-in-law, Grant Hamill; niece, Marie Johnson; and nephews, David, Erik and Alexander.
Wayne had a kind heart and will be missed by all who loved him. His family wishes to thank all of the doctors and nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital for their wonderful and loving care of Wayne.
A memorial service will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road, on Thursday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to St. Joseph’s Foundation, (602) 406-3041.