Steven R. Mitchell, a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away February 7th, 2007 at St. John's Hospital. He had been battling cancer for several years and died surrounded by his loving family. Steven was 54. Steve was born on March 15, 1952 in Van Nuys, CA. After earning degrees in physics and mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona, he furthered his education with a MBA degree from Pepperdine University and a Master of Taxation from the University of Southern California. Steve was a member of the Tax Court Bar. Steven began his professional career at Texas Instruments before establishing a tax and financial practice in Manhattan Beach. Over the 25 years he served his clients, many became steadfast friends; some even became Trojan football fans. Steve loved his work and served his clients well. His kindness and generosity were his special qualities as well as love of his dogs and cats. Steve was bigger than life and was always known for his fun loving ways. He loved to play pranks and tell jokes even send them via email. He adored his wife Beverly and was a loving father for his son, Mitch. USC Football was in his blood and he never missed a home game in 25 years with the exception of one game due to a hospital stay last October. He enjoyed his Ferrari's and never wanted to leave Manhattan Beach. Steve is survived by his wife Beverly, his son Mitch, his mother Joyce Porter and siblings: April Gibbons, Gary Mitchell, Sue Hoag, Linda Logan, Janet Wily, Melody Pacheco, step sister Robin Grossman and step brother Daniel Wahl. A Memorial service will be held Friday February 23, 2007 at 10AM at American Martyrs Church, Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to the USC Athletic Scholarship Fund in Steven's name c/o Ron Orr at USC Heritage Hall.

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  1. My name is Jennifer, I am the daytime hostess at Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach. As you know, Steven was a long time regular customer. He was always very nice to me, and when he came in, his always wearing USC shirts became a running gag between us. Very, very, occasionally, he would NOT be wearing a USC shirt, and I would tease him that he was, “out of uniform”. The next time he would come in, he would point out that he was back in uniform. I am not a sports fan and I never went to college, but I always admired his dedication to USC. He had been coming into Pancho’s for as long as I can remember,(And I have been there 19 years!) and I was saddened to see his obit in the Beach Reporter. I knew he was sick towards the end, because the last time I saw him, I told him I had not seen him in a while and he said it was for all the wrong reasons, that he had cancer. I am so sorry for your loss and I will miss him. Jennifer

  2. Dear Beverly and Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Steve! Steve was my husband, Don’s accountant for many years and a dear friend. Steve introduced Don to lamb and played golf with him for different charities. My last great picture is of Don and Steve playing golf in May of 2004. Steve was as the Memorial to him stated bigger than life. He was always joyful with much integrity. He will be greatly missed by us at Goeppner Industries. He will be especially missed by Annie Lucas who worked closely with Steve on our accounting. May God Bless and keep you through this most difficult time, Love, Joanne Goeppner

  3. Dad & Anne always spoke so fondly of Steve. He was always funny, kind, and generous. We are truly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, The Jaquay’s

  4. Steve has been my hero since the day I first spoke with him!! He will always be a source of strength to help me through hard/emotional times. He made me laugh everytime I spoke with him!!

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