Obituary: Stephen Morris Pierce II
Stephen Morris Pierce II, age 37, passed away peacefully at John C. Lincoln North Mountain hospital on Saturday, March 21, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on Aug. 7, 1977, in Prescott, Arizona, to Stephen Morris Pierce and Joan Diane Pierce.
The third of four children, Steve or 'Stevie' as he was known to his family, grew up on Las Vegas Ranch, one of Arizona's last great cattle ranches northwest of Prescott. Stevie attended elementary school at Abia Judd Elementary in Prescott, then Granite Mountain Middle School and, finally, Prescott High School, graduating in 1996. He went on to attend San Diego State University in San Diego, California, graduating in 2001 with a degree in Computer Information and Decision Systems. He soon found his true calling at Sony Online, where he participated in the creation of the Everquest online game series. A child at heart, Stevie was blessed with a sense of humor and generosity of spirit. He was instantly likable and formed countless enduring friendships. He enjoyed living in San Diego, loved fishing, the Padres, and being near the ocean.
Stevie loved life and loved his family. He, his brothers, sister and cousins shared countless adventures together. He was a dedicated son and protective older brother to his sister, Lindy. He looked up to his brothers Nelson and Tyler without taking them too seriously. Stevie enjoyed being an uncle to his adoring niece and nephews. He taught them his signature dance moves so they might join him on the dance floor. He loved children and looked forward to starting a family of his own. In 2006, Stevie moved to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue his dream of creating his own online gaming universe. 'Onverse' was a great labor of love for Stevie, and with the help of coworkers and friends, Stevie worked tirelessly to perfect his masterpiece. In 2009, Stevie was blessed to meet an amazing woman named Amilyn Davidson. What started out as friendship soon blossomed into a deeply loving and committed partnership. The two were married on Feb. 21, 2014, at the historic courthouse in Prescott, Arizona. Stevie and Amilyn were inseparable. They enjoyed Diamondbacks baseball, attending almost every game and were committed Cardinals season ticket holders. In late 2014, they announced they were expecting their first child.
Stevie is survived by his wife, Amilyn; their unborn son Stephen III; parents Joan and Steve; brothers Tyler and Nelson; sister Lindy; nephews Aiden, Walker and Rowan; niece Grace; extended family and countless lifelong friends.
A private family service will take place on March 27, 2015. An open house celebration of Stevie's life will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Phoenix Country Club from 1 to 3 pm. Stevie will be remembered as a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend who loved everyone and lived life to the fullest.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial account for Stevie III has been started at Wells Fargo Bank.
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