Estevan Edward Valdez

February 15, 1978October 8, 2020

Estevan Edward Valdez

On Thursday, October 8th, 2020, Estevan “Beef” Valdez peacefully passed after his long battle with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. He battled them until his final moments.

Estevan was born on February 15, 1978 and raised in Tolleson, Arizona, having graduated from Tolleson High (c/o 1996).

After a brief stint at ASU, Steve opted to return to Allied Signal and later Swift transportation as a fuel analyst. Steve eventually caught the bug to return to school, completing his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University. That summer in 2006, Steve fulfilled a sought-after desire of visiting China through ASU’s travel abroad program. Thereafter, longing for the entrepreneurial path, Steve helped found the Standard Trading Group with his buddy Wayne. As the business starting out, the financial crisis in 2008 set in and knocked the wind out of their sails. Steve regained his footing by joining E-Waste Harvesters in Tempe. However, despite his best efforts to keep working and pushing forward, his life-long battle with diabetes eventually led to his going blind in his right eye and his kidneys declining into Chronic Kidney Disease. He endured dialysis the past three years, fighting each day to allow his family to spend more time with him.

Steve will always be remembered for his tenacity, warmth and compassion. He was never afraid of living the offbeat path in life, and he spent time consuming knowledge through his vast research on any number of topics online.

He is survived by his mom and dad, Louise and Juan Valdez, his sister Valerie, and his brothers Juan (Gordo) and Marcos, and his six nieces and nephews.

Services will be streamed online on the following Facebook Live on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. There will be limited capacity for in-person viewing as well at Advantage Funeral Chapel in Maryvale (6901 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85033). The viewing will be 5-7pm followed by a service from 7-8pm. Please email for inquiries about attending in-person. To ensure safety of everyone during these Covid times, masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced. The family asks that no hugs / handshakes or other contact be exchanged during these times.

A Celebration of Life for Steve will be planned for 2021 once Covid settles. There, all family and friends will be welcome.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Estevan Edward Valdez

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Mollie Steinke

October 21, 2020

My entire family and I had the pleasure of knowing Stevie and the Valdez family for 30+ years. We grew up next door to each other and have so many wonderful memories together.
Stevie, you were always there for me and were a BEST friend to me for many years, for that I am forever grateful.
May you rest easy, until we meet again my friend!
Love you to pieces!
Mollie Steinke

Tammy Munoz-Amavisca

October 20, 2020

The memory I have was shared by my beloved father Sonny Munoz. He told me when Stevie was in grade school there was a big kid picking on a little kid . Stevie decided to put a stop to the bully and hugged him. Dad said the principal called my Aunt Louise. She asked what happened and Stevie said the big kid was picking on a little kid so all he did was hug the big kid. My dad said Stevie is like a teddy bear just wanted to help the little kid. May you rest in Heaven with all the angels. Hugs cousin!

Elena Cude

October 20, 2020

We called you uncle Steve cause you were part of our family. We are so lucky to have shared in your life through Cole and Jackie. We will miss his jokes and sense of humor the most. We are saddened we didn’t get to say goodbye but we know you are now in perfect form. Until we meet again friend. We would like to extend our condolences to his family and friends.


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