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Stephen Grafton

December 23, 1945 - January 24, 2021

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Stephen David Grafton, 75, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Lakeview Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30 at the Pack River Cemetery, with Pastor Wesley Ribeiro officiating.

Steve was born on December 23, 1945, in Ely, Nevada, to William and Roberta Grafton. He grew up and attended schools in Lompoc, California graduated from Lompoc High School in 1964. He matriculated to Allen Hancock College in Santa Maria, California and Biola College in Los Angeles, California. From there he left home to sell Bibles across the country. Ultimately he landed in Bessemer, Alabama, where he met and married his bride, Tangi (1945-2000) on September 30, 1978.

In July 2012, Steve moved from Bessemer, Alabama to Bakersfield, California to be closer to family. While there he enjoyed reading, watching baseball and going out to eat with family. He was moved along with family to Sandpoint, Idaho in October 2017 and resided in Life Care Center of Sandpoint.

Life Care Center staff and physician, Dr. Scott Burgstahler, provided wonderful care. They often remarked how much they enjoyed Steve’s cheerful grin and funny remarks. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who cared for him.

He is survived by his brothers James (Michelle) Grafton of Calimesa, California, Larry (Vicki) Grafton of Groveland, California, Dwight (Kris) Grafton of Merrillville, Indiana, Tom (Jane) Grafton of Merrillville, Indiana; and Ted (Vicki) Grafton of Sandpoint, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents William David Grafton, Roberta LaRue Grafton and his wife Tangi Grafton.