Aurora, Colorado resident, Stephen Donald England, died September 16, 2020, with his beloved wife of 30 years, Karen by his side, he was 73.
Stephen Donald England was born in 1947 in San Mateo, California to parents Donald and Elizabeth England.
Stephen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and had a passion for sports and, as a high school student, was an accomplished varsity swimmer while attending Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California under long-time NFL head coach Dick Vermeil. Graduating in 1965, his high school yearbook noted that, in addition to varsity swimming, he was also on the Rally Commission and he planned to attend Modesto Junior College. Unfortunately, he would be drafted into the United States Army the following year and spend a year in the 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Division, living on a United States Navy tank landing ship and operating with the Mobile Riverine Force in and around the 9th Division Base at My Tho on the Mekong River delta, Republic of Vietnam. He would return to the San Francisco Bay area where he met and married Luanne Arnold and would eventually move his young family to Greeley, Colorado in the early 1970's and began working in the grocery business. Although they entered the marriage with the best intentions, it was less permanent than expected and in 1990 he would be remarried to Karen Galvin. Stephen would work for western states grocery giant King Soopers for nearly 20 years before becoming a commercial truck driver with Mile High Frozen Foods delivering for McDonald's locations along the front-range, eventually working for Trans-Service providing delivery for the same King Soopers locations in which he worked for some many years. He retired as a commercial truck driver July 28, 2020, just a matter of days before receiving the diagnosis of terminal brain cancer.
Stephen is preceded in death by his sister Kathy in 2008, and parents Don in 1992, and Liz in 2011.
He is survived by his loving wife Karen, his sister Jan (England) Campbell, children Chris England, Korie (England) Pyne, and Tiffany Galvin, grandchildren Nicolay England, Mary England, Ayden Rodriquez (whom he raised form birth), Leora Cordova, Molly and Madeline Pyne, and great grandsons Cash and Colton England.
Private family service per his request.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society's Brain Cancer Research Charity to further future innovation, improve treatment, and fund research.
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