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Steven Dale Sands

August 5, 1955September 15, 2019
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Steven Dale Sands, 64, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on September 15, 2019. Steve was born on August 5, 1955 in Columbus, Indiana to Nancy Creason Sands and the late Oran Sands Jr.

Steve was a good man with strong principles. He always did the right thing for the right reasons. Known for his leadership, many people looked to him as a mentor and teacher. Steve retired from Dow Chemical in 2013 as a Manufacturing Director, though he always referred to himself as a Chemical Engineer. He was very disciplined and strived for excellence in his life and expected it from those around him. One of his proudest accomplishments was earning his black belt in Taekwondo in 2012.

Steve lived for speed. He loved high performance cars and motorcycles. His daughters recall his love of cars and how he taught them to drive a manual transmission vehicle and how to change the oil in their vehicles.

Steve’s passion after retirement was motorsports events. He participated in automotive races, track days, and organized group rides on his motorcycle. He was a Performance Driving Instructor for The Drivers Edge organization and an active member of the Houston Desmo Owner’s Club motorcycle group. Steve loved sharing his motorsports passion and knowledge with others.

Steve is survived by his wife of 38 years Carolyn Sands, daughter Megan Sands Schuda (Eric Schuda), daughter Erin Parilla (Jeff Parilla), grandsons Tyler and Jacob Parilla, mother Nancy Creason Sands, brother Oran John Sands III, sister Jenny Amrhein (Randy Amrhein), and sister Joyce Sands.

Honorary Pallbearers include the Houston Desmo Owner’s Club and the Fast Friends motorcycle group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Steve’s name to Shoes That Fit at shoesthatfit.org or Doctors Without Borders at donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.


  • Oran Sands Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Nancy Creason Sands, Mother
  • Carolyn Sands, Wife
  • Megan Sands Schuda, Daughter
  • Eric Schuda, Son-in-law
  • Erin Parilla, Daughter
  • Jeff Parilla, Son-in-law
  • Tyler Parilla, Grandson
  • Jacob Parilla, Grandson
  • Oran John Sands III, Brother
  • Jenny Amrhein, Sister
  • Randy Amrhein, Brother-in-law
  • Joyce Sands, Sister


  • A Gathering to Celebrate the Life of Steven Monday, September 23, 2019


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Ken Stockton

September 23, 2019

I was devastated when I heard the news that Steve had died. Steve was one of my favorite teammates on the gymnastics team in high school. We spent a lot of time together practicing, and even attended a gymnastics summer camp together. Our team won the Indiana State Championship our junior and senior years. He had a great sense of humor, a strong work ethic, high integrity, and was a friend to everyone on the team. One of the many things that impressed me about Steve was how he responded when our coach asked him to be our All-Around gymnast our senior year. We didn't have anyone on the team who was planning on doing it (everyone did just one or two events). If no one did All-Around, our team would lose those points in meets. Steve was an excellent gymnast on the Parallel Bars, and was on track to be one of our top competitors on that event his senior year. When Coach asked him to do All-Around, he accepted the challenge - which probably sacrificed any chance he had of placing high at State on P-bars. Instead of spending all practice working on and refining his skills on one event, now he had to do a crash course on 5 additional events and learn enough moves on each to put together competitive routines. He did it very well, and sacrificed personal glory for the good of the team. I always admired him for that.

Nick Strother

September 22, 2019

I worked for Steve at the Epoxy Tech center and he was small in stature but a giant amongst men. He was selfless person and the best supervisor I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Even though he had a very high position at the company he gave up 4 hours of his evening to drive 60 miles to my graduation of a course that I took in Clear Lake, who does that? What a great man and a mentor. He will be missed by many may he rest in peace and my prayers are with his family.

Jim Fonte

September 21, 2019

Steve was a great boss and great person. Always leading by example and demanding excellence. I am a better person for working with and knowing him. My prayers are with his family.

Miles Allen

September 19, 2019

To all of Steve's family - May God watch over you during this painful time. Steve was such a great guy and one hell of a human being. He will be missed by many.

He once told me that there are no speed limits in heaven!


Lloyd Colegrove

September 17, 2019

I admired Steve as a leader, appreciated him as a mentor, and trusted him as a friend. I’m SO sorry for your loss. Words are not adequate to express my sense of loss. May God hold you in his divine embrace during this very difficult time. Steve was loved and respected by those he met. God bless the family.

Tomi Scantlebury

September 17, 2019

I will miss my track "parking" neighbor, chasing him in the Stang, his sense of humor, fairness, goodness... Still in shock, still tearing up... So blessed to have known him. God bless his family, track family and friends. We've lost a fantastic one.

Dean Kelsey

September 17, 2019

Steve was always smiling and happy to go the extra mile to help. He is a big part of our extended family. We will truly miss him. Our prayers are with the Sands family. Peaceful rest Brother Steve.

Wendy Hoenig

September 17, 2019

So very shocked and sad to hear the news about Steve. He was an outstanding leader of both people and technology. My heart goes out to all of the family. Prayers for peace in the coming days.

Rick Schwalenberg

September 17, 2019

Steve, will be missed by many, especially all the driver's he touched in the motorsports world.
Steve was a highly technical and skilled driver who shared his knowledge and love for driving with many of our students over the years.
He lives on through all he shared with us on and off the track.
It was a honor for us to have him as part of our track family.

Rick Schwalenberg
The Drivers Edge

john russell

September 17, 2019

Steve Sands, we will miss you. Steve was a good friend of mine and I could always count on him to provide honest and direct discourse. He valued his family, his friends, and his zeal for living life. His absence will be difficult to overcome, but his memories will sustain my grief over his loss.