Steven Lawrence Simpson of Manhattan Beach passed away October 20, 2009 after a five-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Russell, Kansas November 21, 1957. As an infant he attended classes at the University of Kansas with his parents, sitting in lectures and art classes. He lived in Wichita, Kansas until 1970 when he moved to Hermosa Beach. He enjoyed playing many sports including baseball, basketball and karate. He reached Eagle Scout at fourteen years of age, and received the Voice of Democracy Award as a seventh grade student in Hermosa. He received his Bachelor's Degree in English from UCLA. After a fifteen year career In real estate in South Bay, he returned to classes at California State University Long Beach receiving his Master's Degree in English, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, which is an honorary society and taught at El Camino and Cerritos Community College, as well as a student teacher at CSLUB while working on his degree. His love of great literature includes favorites John Updike, Truman Capote and T. C. Boyle. His favorite musical influence was Paul Simon. Steve was a composer, lyricist, pianist and guitar player, playing original compositions at many local "open mic" events. He completed his first music CD in 2000, following with a second in collaboration with his son Beau Simpson, completed in May 2009. His philosophy revolved around hope, benevolence and beauty. Steve lived his life with strength and compassion for others, especially for his younger sister, Laura, who has cerebral palsy and is deaf. He encouraged his son, Beau, to "do what you love." Steve was greatly influenced by the example of courage his Grandfather, Ivan Holt, gave him. He is survived by his mother: Barbra Holt Simpson, father: Jay Simpson, sister: Laura Kay Simpson, son: Beau Stephen Simpson, ex-wife: Jeri Aragon Simpson, and his girlfriend, Carmen Malouf, with whom he developed a loving relationship in 2007. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations are to be made to IMBCR (Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research) 9201 West Sunset Blvd, Ste. 300, West Hollywood , CA 90069, MMRF (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation) 383 Main Avenue, Fifth Floor, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851 or charity of your choice in Steven Lawrence Simpson's name. The Funeral Mass will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2009 at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Dear Jay, Barbra and Laura, We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you in Steve’s passing. Steve will always be my idol. His strength, love and kindness and his fight against this disease was amazing. The heavens have a new shining star and a new angel to watch over you. We are so sorry. Linda and Greg Benecke

  2. Dear Barbara, Jay, Laura and family, Anita German and I send our most heart felt sympathy and wishes to you on this tragic loss of your amazing, talented, and beloved son, Steve. With Love Joanne and Anita.

  3. Dear Simpson Family and Carmen, Steve was a wonderful, caring, loving and talented man and I was very happy to have known him. It is a great loss but his legacy will live on with his son and his music. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy, Melissa Mahoney

  4. I am very sorry for you loss. May God cover you with a spirit of peace in this time of your sorrow. Rickie Lillien

  5. Dear Barbra & Jay, My heart-felt sympathy on the loss of your beloved Steve. It sounds as though he brought you great joy during his short life and was blessed with the talents of his parents.

  6. Barbra,Jay,Laura,Beau,and Carmen, When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Kahil Gibran Steve was such a delightful person. I am so thankful Mom, Aunt Vera and I had the opportunity to visit last Feb. I feel so blessed being able to spend time with Steve and even hearing him perform some of the songs from his latest cd. I am so sorry for your loss. Love, Darci

  7. I will Always treasure the time I spent with Steve. He is an AWESOME young man. My husband (Chuck) and I listen to Steve’s CD, and will ALWAYS keep his Memory and Talent in our Hearts! May GOD Bless Your Family! Chuck & Lyndie Cornely & Family

  8. October 22, 2009 Dear Barbra & Jay, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Carmen, so sorry to hear about your loss. I enjoyed the obit and was impressed with Steve’s many talents and accomplishments. Please share my condolences with his family. Hope all is otherwise well with you and look forward to seeing you soon. Love Uncle Mike

  10. Dear Barbra, Jay, Laura, Beau, Carmen, Heartfelt Sympathy to you ALL. May GOD BLESS YOU and may you receive comfort from GOD above. Our Love, Aunt Vera, Uncle Snick, and Families

  11. Dear Family; Please accept our deepest sympathy. Steve was a truly loving, talented man. He will be missed greatly by his cousins in Kansas. We treasure the time we got to spend with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and everyday.

  12. Dear Jay,Barbra,Laura,Beau,and Carmen, We are so very sorry for your loss of Steve he was a wonderful cousin and friend. You are all in our prayers and loved so much. Please take care of yourselves.

  13. I don’t personally know Steven other than through a very good friend of mine and a relative of his, Vera Kaser also of Omaha. He has left a wonderful legacy with his singing and blessed many people in that regard. My condolences to the family.

  14. Dear Jay, Barbara,and Laura, we will treasure even more steve’s music that he published and his legacy will live on. Even in the depths of your sorrow, hold on and know that Hope breathes. Hope that you will see your loved one again in heaven. We will hold all of you up in prayer and ask God to draw ever so close to you whispering love and Hope in your hearts. In Psalms 34 God tells us that He is close to the brokenhearted.May God be your Ever-Present help in your time of need. Love and Prayers, The Binders

  15. Jay, Barbra, Laura, Beau, and Carmen, We can only imagine the huge hole in your heart! No words can heal the pain, but our prayer for you is straight from Jesus’ lips, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” May it also help to know that we care! Love & prayers for you all! Terry & Claudia

  16. My heart goes out to you and your family. Even though I only met him a few times I could tell what a gentle and caring heart he had. He was always so warm and kind.

  17. Barbra, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will be keeping you in our prayers. I was glad to hear that Ardith was able to be with you at this time of need. Your classmate and friend, Thomas and Bonnie Kanard

  18. Dear the Simpson Family I have been known Steven for years and have been enjoyed to be with him. Beau and Laura whenever we went to out for many pleasures. I really miss Steven. Please accept my sympathy for him. Only thing I believe is that he is happy with God now. Love Tony

  19. We were so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Our sympathy goes out to his family, friends, and our niece, Carmen, who loved him very much. We were so happy to have met Steve and spent time with him here in Tampa. You are in our prayers. Much love…

  20. Dear Jay, Barbra, Laura & Beau: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Steve when we were young….what a great sense of humor, always upbeat and fun! It sounds like he was a wonderful father, friend and son! You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. In deepest sympathy….. Steve and Laurie Jurekovic

  21. Dear Barbra, Jay and Laura, Words can’t express the depth of your loss. Steve was a creative, compassionate person. You are fortunate to have the legacy of his music, imbued with his spirit, that transcends time. My heart goes out to you. Love, Jale’ & Family

  22. We only recently learned of Steve passing, we remember him from youthful days when he and our son Michael were best friends at school. We knew him as a lovely well mannered boy who cared deeply for his sister.

  23. Dear Barbara, I was with the family in Wichita for Mother’s memorial. We talked about Steve, Laura, you and Jay with such fondness. I thought I’d try to locate you and came across the sad news about Steve. My sincere condolences. Dwight told us some very funny stories about some of the things he did with Steve as a child. He will be shocked and sad to hear that he won’t have the opportunity to connect with Steve. Please let me know how to contact you. Sincerely, Gayle Kerr Farha

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