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Obituary: Stefan Roth

Stefan Roth died unexpectedly on Mother's Day, May 13, 2012. He was 34 years old. Stefan was born in Carmel, Calif., on July 10, 1977, to parents Karlsson Roth and John Kirchenbauer.

He came to Phoenix when he was three months old, and lived in Phoenix and Scottsdale before moving to Prescott in 2008. Although Stefan loved the desert and the mountain town of Prescott, he always considered Carmel-By-The-Sea to be his home. Because he loved the ocean and had hoped to live there again someday, his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Stefan loved music and enjoyed composing poignant and tender techno-music. He found peace and clarity in the outdoors and spent many hours exploring the forests around Prescott. He had many friends that he spent time with until the very end. Stefan loved his family more than life, and he stayed on Earth as long as he could for them.

Although Stefan never found his passion academically or in career, he developed many qualities that marked his growth on earth and made him special. He was humble and grateful for what little he had, and he didn't want or expect more. He was close to his family. He stayed close to his God and he loved his church and the spirit he felt when he was there. Stefan had integrity. He didn't judge others and he helped where he could. He cared deeply for people and he felt their pain - and his - more deeply than most. He will be missed.

Stefan is survived by his mother Karlsson Roth of Prescott; sister Joanna Carolan of Kauai; brothers Karl Forbes of Carmel and Rob Kirchenbauer of Monterey, Calif.; aunt Karin Burmeister of Germany; uncle Stephen Roth (Linda) of Salt Lake City, Utah; uncle Kelly Roth and aunt Leslie Roth of Las Vegas, Nev.; and cousins Andrew Roth, Katie Roth, Kelsey Roth Rogers, Tobias Roth and Megan Roth Francom. He also leaves his Aunt Betty Warren of Carmel and former wife and friend Jessica Aileen Baker of Phoenix; and pups Che', Dudley and Pippin.

Services will be 5 p.m. June 9, 2012, at the LDS Chapel, 1101 Sandretto in Prescott. A reception will follow at the American Ranch Community Center, 9500 American Ranch Road, Williamson Valley. All are welcome.

Donations may be made in Stefan's name to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Make checks out to LDS Philanthropies and send to LDS Philanthropies, 15 East South Temple #2E, Salt Lake City, UT 84150. Donations may also be made to the Yavapai County Humane Society online at or by mail to 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301.

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