Shan Lee Stewart (known as “Six” to many of his friends, and as “Buddy” to a few members of his family) passed away on September 6, 2018 after a thirteen month battle with stage 4 glioblastoma. His life was taken much too early.
Shan is survived by his Mom, Lisa Gilbert, his step-dad, Stewart, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
There is a viewing period the day before the funeral service. The viewing is on Monday, September 17, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Regency Mortuary, located at 9850 W. Thunderbird Boulevard in Sun City, Arizona.
A graveside service is scheduled at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery, located at E. Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. A digital signboard near the cemetery's entrance will guide you to the area where the service will be held.
Shan was born on October 17, 1977 in Los Gatos, California. Shan spent most of his first eighteen years of life in Santa Clara County, California. He began cultivating his lifelong love for hiking, during the many hours and days that he spent hiking with his Mom and Step-Dad in the open space preserves in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Shan loved the annual air shows at Moffett Field, and for many years he was infatuated with fighter jets. That interest led him to join the Air Force Pre-ROTC program while he attended Oak Grove High School. In Pre-ROTC, Shan developed a deeper love and sense of duty to his country. When Shan graduated from High School, he chose to serve his country by enlisting in the Marine Corp. During the next four years, Shan developed many new skills, made life-long friends and enjoyed many adventures. While in the Marines, Shan traveled to South Korea, where he was grateful for the opportunity to get to know many of the family members from his Mother’s family.
After Shan was discharged, he moved to Oregon to be nearer to his Mom and Step-Dad. In Oregon, Shan took a few computer and networking classes at college and became involved with modified import cars. Shan organized and led the Varitec car team which competed in a number of car shows along the West Coast. Shan developed new friendships with others who enjoyed the same activities.
Shan was not a fan of the cold wet winters in Oregon, so after a few years he headed south to Chino Valley, Arizona where his Grandma Stewart had lived. Shan realized that many of the people living in that area would like to have on-site computer support and maintenance. He started his Alpha Omega technical support company and successfully ran it for several years. During that time, Shan attended and graduated from Yavapai Community College where he graduated with an A.S. Degree in Information Technology.
After graduating from college, Shan moved to Phoenix, where there was more opportunity to exercise his computers and network hardware skills, working with larger regional and national computer networks. Shan continued to enjoy seeing friends and family, traveling and the outdoors, until his final days. Shan will be greatly missed by the many people he touched throughout his life.