Steven Roman Gonzales April 2, 1986 - October 3, 2016 Steven Roman Gonzales, aged 30, passed away the morning of Monday, October 3, 2016 peacefully at home in Piedmont, California, surrounded by an expansive community of friends and family that he loved deeply. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 2, 1986 to Roman and Arlinda (Copeland) Gonzales, Steven was the youngest sibling to Camille Keith and Laura Gonzales, his twin. Supremely talented, Steven held a childhood career as a triple-threat in musical theater, television and modeling. Subsequently, he traveled this country extensively, throwing himself into musical adventures including his solo project Made for Headphones, alongside touring with Kim Gordon's Free Kitten, and working with more nerdy-prestigious artists than there is word-count for here. Beginning in 2007, he served in our nation's military as a Fireman Apprentice in the United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Massachusetts. Steven was a voracious student of philosophy, psychology, mental health, music, art and human nature. He met his wife, Crystal (Matthew) Gonzales, on Independence Day weekend of 2011 in Santa Maria, California. Helplessly drawn together from their very first communications, they found that they'd never known what love could be. They were married in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday, November 16, 2013. In June of 2012, Steven was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Never allowing the fact of this tireless battle to stymie him, he gave voice to his first love: music. His sound art and passion coalesced into the noise-rock/post-punk/proto-post-dadcore-revival band Second Chair based in Oakland, California, where he served as vocalist, noise and visual artist, and lavishly decorated frontman. Aesthetically compared to David Bowie and Iggy Pop, his energy, joy and romantic passion pushed the boundaries of human expression. Thank you, Steven. For the extraordinary work you have given us, for the love and warmth and depth that you inspire in us. For everything you were, for everything you are. Thank you. Preceded in death by his son, Sebastian, the child who was lost, Steven is survived by his wife Crystal, parents Roman and Arlinda, sisters Camille and Laura, several step-siblings, nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7 to 8:30pm at San Diego Funeral Service, 6334 University Avenue, San Diego, California. A mass will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8:30 to 9am at the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar Chapel, 5702 Bauer Road, San Diego California, followed by a burial ceremony at 10:30am at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, California. There will be a subsequent reception and lunch to follow, from 12 to 2pm at the Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California. If you choose to attend, please contact a family member with your full name to ensure admittance to the military facilities.
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