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Fairhaven Memorial Services

27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA

OBITUARY

Steven Warren Donaghu

May 5, 1950January 31, 2020

As an artist, Steve appreciated color and how it brings happiness to people. Respectful, yet joyful attire will add to his Celebration of Life.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Celebration Reception Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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John Begg

February 15, 2020

Although I only got to know Steve for a few short years, it was like we had been life long friends. We worked together at the Pageant and shared many a laugh over our crazy experiences. My wife and I loved the lunches we had with Steve and Jim and will greatly miss the cameraderie. That bus came all too soon my friend.

Ed Stewart

February 14, 2020

There are those good friends with whom sharing one word recalls a memory of shared experiences. Steve was one of those friends. During our 30-year friendship, all either of us had to say was one or two words that conjured a memory which soon had us laughing or reminiscing. I'll miss being able to share those memories with Steve.

Gail Brice

February 13, 2020

As a friend for 30 years, what I’ll remember most about Steve was his “joyful enthusiasm.” Steve had it when he produced our fun and creative marketing materials at McLaren. When he spent hours and hours helping me paint all my doors and windows “shabby chic” style at my Laguna Beach cottage. His “joyful enthusiasm” overflowed for his beloved “Pageant of the Masters,” which he shared with us through his rehearsal invitations for 20 years and his backstage tours for my family and friends. There was more “joyful enthusiasm” for the boat parades and Oscar parties. And then there was the night that he introduced us to Jim, his (and now our) dear friend who we loved immediately with “joyful enthusiasm.”

You are gone too soon, my long-time friend. Until we meet again with much joy and much enthusiasm. Love you -- Gail

Judi Eicher

February 10, 2020

We first were introduced to Steve 16 years ago when Jim was still living in MA. We were giving Jim a going away party as he moved to CA to live with Steve and Steve sent an awesome tee shirt to the party (also Jim's 50th) which included a design my husband created. We immediately knew the relationship was going to be a good one!

Jim, you've been a close friend for 35 years and our hearts go out to you. Steve was a wonderful person....kind and creative. Loved his passion for the Pageant, Pixar, glass fishies, and you. We certainly lost him too soon!! Judi and Harvey

Nancy Beresky

February 6, 2020

As another McLaren/Hart friend since 1990, I remember Steve was always the steady, dependable co-worker and friend-for the eight years I was at M/H in the 1990s, Steve always was first at the office at 7am. Although I did not see Steve very recently, I was always so happy to know that he and Jim found each other - such a good match. Jana and I did get to meet Jim and see them together at a few parties. To Steve's family, friends, and especially to Jim - Jana and I extend our love and condolences during this very difficult time.

Cathy Larkin

February 6, 2020

I've been honored and blessed to have known Steve for 30 years. His friendship meant the world to me, and it started with our shared lunches at McLaren and continued with our (his) "retired" lunches … with so many memories in between.

I love, and will miss, Steve's sense of humor, movie discussions, and his love and commitment for the Pageant of the Masters.

My condolences to Steve's family and to our dear friend Jim.
We have lost a great friend, and heaven has received a superstar!

Finally, a picture is worth a thousand words…

Jeanette Shelly

February 5, 2020

Dear Steve,
You will be greatly missed. I so enjoyed you every summer. My you rest in peace. Love and prayers for you and Jim.

Mark Bartleman

February 5, 2020

Steve was always a kind friend and gentle soul, and I will especially miss him Pageant summers. Our relationship was solidified decades ago through the Pageant of the Masters when, for more than one show season, we were Pageant ‘twins’ (cast alternates) which lead to mutual respect and genuine consideration, and fondness through friendship that grew as we got to enjoy so much more time together on the same cast -- our summertime ‘family reunions.’

My heart goes out to Steve’s family and his beloved Jim.

“There are things that death cannot touch. Paint … and memory … and love.” --J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne (Albus Dumbledore to Harry Potter)

Alison Lindelien

February 5, 2020

As a 30+ year friend there are too many memories to share publicly but they will always be in my heart. Steve's love of glass fishes, all things Disney, Pageant of the Masters, and most importantly...Jim. His hatred of high places and squash (or as he called it squish).

Steve was a kind soul and I really appreciated seeing the world through his artistic eyes. God must have needed him for something important but we weren't done with him yet. Guess he'll end up watching us from heaven...which technically is a high place.

Much love and support to Steve's family and his amazing Jim!

Sam Collins

February 5, 2020

Godspeed my Pageant of the Masters friend. Wishing peace to you and all that loved and loved you. You touched many people with your kindness.