Deacon Stephen Gabriel Escalera

stephen escalera

April 18, 1966 ~ October 29, 2019

Born in: Fairfield, California
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Deacon Stephen G. Escalera, 53, passed away Oct. 29, 2019. Survived by his wife, Laura Escalera; children, Anika Escalera and James Escalera; parents, Justino and Diana Escalera; and siblings, Mark (Kelly) Escalera, Veronica (James) Cunha, John Escalera, Alexander Escalera, OFM, Cap. and Victor (Jennifer) Escalera. Steve was born April 18, 1966, in Fairfield, Calif. As a young man Steve was involved with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps both as a performer and instructor. Later in life he was a teacher at South High School in Pueblo for 16 years. His deep spirituality and devotion to God led him to become a Franciscan Friar for six years. He married Laura Fisher in 2000 and they were blessed with two children, Anika and James. Some of his greatest loves were being a Deacon and ministering to his faith community, as well as training deacons for the Diocese of Pueblo. Steve also loved music, history, Star Trek, watching movies, and as a devoted husband and father, spending time with his family.
Visitation, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, followed by the rosary at 6:30 p.m. and vigil service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Visitation and services at Christ the King Parish.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ the King Parish, 1708 Horseshoe Dr., Pueblo, CO 81001 or UC Health Foundation, with the memo line stating “Transplant Program Fund in memory of Steve Escalera,” c/o Karen Davis, UCH Foundation, 2400 S. Peoria St., Ste. 100, Aurora, CO 80014. Online condolences,

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Rosary: November 5, 2019 6:30 pm

Christ The King Church
1708 Horseshoe Dr.
Pueblo, CO 81001


Funeral Service: November 6, 2019 10:30 am

Christ The King Church
1708 Horseshoe Dr.
Pueblo, CO 81001


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  1. Dear Laura, Anika and James
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Will have you and all your family in prayer.
    Sending you all my most sincere condolences.

  2. Dear Laura, Anika and James,
    My heart is with you all these days and my prayers too. The refrain that fills my head at this moment is from a song by Dan Schutte called “Come With Me Into the Fields.”

    The seeds were sown by other hands than yours,
    nurtured and cared for they grew.
    But those who have sown will not harvest them,
    the reaping will not be their care.

    For all the sowing of seeds that Steve did, these too will be reaped by many, many others.
    Thank you Steve, go with God.
    Kathy Carey

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. The whole family is in our thoughts and we pray that God will comfort you.

  4. My love and prayers to you Laura, Anika and James and to all the Escalara family. Im so sorry for your loss, Steve will be missed. He was such a special person and loved by everyone. Rest In Peace Steve ❤️

    • I love you Aunt Laura, Anika and Jimmy. I will miss you Uncle Steven! Love you Uncle, may you rest in peace.

    • Even though we haven’t seen or spoken to each other in years. I still have fond memories of our times together during schools we went to, the neighborhood we grew up in and the Band. Mark was the Brainiac, Veronica was my Baby Sis, John was the Troublemaker (lol), Alex and Victor were still young. You Steve were the Best. You took on all challenges and were not afraid to face problems head on. Thank you for those wonderful memories. My heartfelt condolences to your Wife and Children. My Deepest love and Prayers to My Entire Escalera Family. May you Rest In Love Deacon Stephen.

  5. My deepest sympathy to Laura. Deacon Stephen will be missed as our First Deacon at Christ the King Church. He served us well for many years as a Deacon. I remember meeting Laura and Stephen when they both came to CTK to join our choir. I have watched them grow into our Church both serving and being involved in Church services. Deacon Steve will be missed here in our parish.

  6. How the angels are singing. I pray their harmony reaches the ears of Laura and the family to bring them comfort as he comforted us when we were lost.

  7. Laura and family.
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    If there’s anything I can do to help, please, tag me.
    Eternal rest grant unto Steve oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in the arms of peace and light of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    • In deepest condolences, our prayers for you during this time echo Philippians 4:7:
      May the peace of God, which transcends human understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ now and forever.

      We love you, Laura, Anika & James

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