Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Crown Hill

7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Stephen Michael Solano

January 12, 1951June 14, 2020

Steve was born January 12, 1951 in Florence, Colorado to parents Tony and Toni Solano. He grew up in Wheat Ridge as part of a large family. He had two sisters, Cathy and Lori, and three brothers, David, Tony, and Jim. Steve loved to travel to New Mexico to visit grandparents and later to Taos for art and vacation.

Steve’s first job was as a cook making pizza for Ray Valente. As a young man, he worked as an Ironworker with his father traveling all over the U.S. He then became a security guard at Lockheed Martin and later, in 1994, a fireman.

Everyone who met Steve knew he loved to tell entertaining stories about his work and life in Colorado. He also loved gourmet food (cooking and eating it!), movies, music, history and growing beautiful roses. Steve always cheered on the Broncos and all the other local teams, including his stepsons’ teams growing up.

Steve was a hard-working man who provided his wife, Marie, and stepsons T.R. and Sean with a happy life.

Stephen Michael Solano peacefully passed on June 14, 2020. He will join his parents, Anthony and Antonia Solano, in Heaven. Steve is survived by his wife, Marie, stepsons T.R. and Sean Monaghan, and daughter Desiree’ McCool. God blessed Steve with six terrific grandchildren: Seamus, Michaela, Riley and Keira Monaghan, as well as Chase and Hailey McCool. He will also be lovingly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Steve’s life will be celebrated June 30th at 10:30 AM at St. Francis Cabrini Church in Littleton. He will rest eternally at the Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery in the historic mausoleum, Tower of Memories.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Steve’s honor to www.nami.org or www.cancer.org with hope that others need not suffer the early loss of loved ones to these diseases.


  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020


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Russell Agnew

June 21, 2020

I am truly thankful that I knew Steve. He always seemed to have a joke to tell or something funny to say. He was a good man and he will be missed.

John Hill

June 19, 2020

Stephanie and I have warm memories of Steve; his generosity, his stories about some of Denver's old time restaurants and his humor. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. God Bless Steve and family. John and Stephanie.

Aurelia (Auntie Rae) Sandoval

June 19, 2020

On my way home from High School in Florence, I would stop to see Steve and his sister Cathy. I was so excited to see the babies. My fondest memory is when my brother Tony was given a job in Henderson, Nevada. He took Steve with him. I lived in Torrance, Ca. about 4 to 5 hours away. On Friday after putting the guys to work, he and Tony would spend the weekend with my husband and I. I got to know another side of my brother and Steve. We had fun going to the beach and other sights around LA. I will never forget those good times. Steve said he looked forward for the weekend. It was good times. Fondly remembered by your Auntie Rae.

Luke Morris

June 19, 2020

It was heartbreaking to hear of Steve’s passing. After knowing Steve for nearly thirty years I can safely say that he was one of the most genuine, sincere, likable people I’ve ever met. I have so many great memories of Steve from over the years but ultimately what I will remember him most for was just how truly nice of person he was. He will be missed.

Robert St. John

June 19, 2020

I don’t believe there was an occasion that Steve spoke to me without a smile on his face. He is a wonderful, good-natured human.

Zach Ingels

June 19, 2020

I’ve know Steve since I was 14. I am good friends with his step son Sean. I always knew Steve as a storyteller and being a joker. My favorites were when I would bring a girlfriend around to a function and he would say “ You’re here with Zach? You’re too pretty to be here with Zach. How much money did he have to give you to come with him today? I always got a good laugh out of it. Steve was sweet genuine man and he will surely be missed by all who knew him.

Dan Mooney

June 18, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Steves passing.
I met Steve when I worked at Lockheed Martin, I will always remember his always happy outlook on life.
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.