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Stephen “Steve” Anthony Cartisano, USAFAugust 15, 1955 – May 4, 2019
Stephen “Steve” Anthony Cartisano, of Durant, OK, passed from this life, surrounded by his children, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the age of 63. He was born on Monday, August 15, 1955 in Modesto, California to Anthony Cartisano and Bonnie Lou Coley.
Steve married Deborah Lee Carr in Provo, Utah on December 15, 1978 and is the proud father of four children.
He served in the Air Force from 1974 to 1984 and was a part of the 129th ARRS, Aerospace Para Rescue (Recovery Unit). Steve was regarded as “one of the best trained survivalists in the military” Steve pioneered wilderness survival programs for troubled teens. In his last years, he treasured his role as a grandpa. He was active in the Choctaw Tribe and a faithful member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anthony Cartisano and Bonnie Lou Coley; adoptive parents Troy H. and Inez E (Akins) Harwell; in-laws Earl Enos “Buck” Jr. and Geneva Ann (Martin) Carr; sister Patti Campbell; brother Kenneth Campbell
Survivors include his daughters Jennifer Cartisano Sparlin and husband Jason of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Catherine Cartisano and fiancé Ross Thelen of Salt Lake City, Utah; sons David Cartisano of Fort Worth, Texas, Daniel Cartisano of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; grandson Jack Sparlin of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; granddaughter Olivia Sparlin of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; mother of his children Deborah Cartisano of Salt Lake City, Utah; brothers Marc Cartisano of Modesto, California, Chris Cartisano of Modesto California; half siblings, nieces, nephews, extended family and beloved friends.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 515 Sunnymeadow Drive, Durant, Oklahoma. Family visitation and light meal will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, May 10, 2019 at the church.
Bishop Roger Clawson will officiate. David Cartisano, Daniel Cartisano, Marc Cartisano, Chris Cartisano, Jason Sparlin, Greg Hatch, Ryan Cardoza, Steve Watson and Bradley Albers will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gordon Funeral Home, 221 N. 3rd, Durant, PH- 580-916-9090, www.gordonfh.com.
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May 5 at 10:16 AMI just got this word from a friend:“Hi Kev, I just got this from Steve Cartisano daughter… Hi James, we removed the tubes yesterday at 12:05 and he passed away immediately. He seemed to be already gone so I am glad we didn’t wait any longer. My brothers and I were with him and a prayer was offered that he would be happily reunited with his loved ones, all his dogs and continue to stay close to his family on earth. We are confident that he fought this cancer his way (independent) even though I wanted to slap him silly for it. We love him and will be preparing a service. I will keep you posted on details so you can continue to be a part of his life as we moved forward to honor him. thank you “Steve was a PJ with me at Moffett Field back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Blue skies fellow PJ and friend.USAF Combat Search & Rescue Facebook group post…