Stephen F. Doling passed away on Saturday evening, 29 November 2003 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 32 years old. Steve was born on 3 September 1971 in Oklahoma City, OK, but grew up in Canal Winchester, OH. In high school, he graduated with a perfect 4.0, was valedictorian of his class, a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Students, and lettered in football, basketball, and track.
Upon graduation, Steve attended the Naval Academy and was active in many areas. He was a manager for the football team, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an active member of the local church, as well as a great friend to all. He was always quick with a smile, quicker to laugh, and was never too busy to just listen. Steve graduated from the Naval Academy in May 1993 as a member of 30th Company, with a bachelor's degree in English.
After graduation, Steve server four years on BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) as auxiliaries officer, assistant operations officer, and seemingly any other role that needed filling. Steve and his family returned from Japan in the fall of 1998. In the summer of 2000, Steve and his family moved to San Jose, CA, as he began work with Applied Materials.
Steve was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April 2002 and had surgery within a week. While it took a while for his physical strength to return, we were amazed at how soon he was laughing, joking, and being the same old Steve we had come to know and love. Steve was diagnosed with a second brain tumor in August 2003 and had surgeries in September and again in October to try to remove them. After a brief stay in the hospital, Steve was released on Saturday, 29 November, and after returning home, suffered a final seizure, a massive heart attack, and finally entered God's eternal presence.
Steve is survived by his wife, Shiho; and two daughters, Alexis (7) and Alicia (5).
A memorial service was held on 5 December in San Jose, CA, and on 14 December in Canal Winchester, OH. He was cremated and his ashes were spread in Monterey Bay, CA.
Memorial contributions or gifts may be submitted to the education trust set up for his children. For more information, please contact James Doling (
James Doling '96
Stephen Francis Doling was born on Sept. 3, 1971, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
He graduated valedictorian from Canal Winchester High School in June of 1989. In 1993, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in English.
Steve served for four years on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan, as auxiliaries officer and assistance operations officer. He resigned his commission in 1998.
Steve and his family returned to Ohio in the fall of 1998, and in the summer of 2000, he and his family moved to San Jose, Calif.
Steve was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April of 2002, yet he remained joyful and upbeat even in the midst of his trials. A second brain tumor was discovered in August of this year and he had surgeries in September and again in October. Steve remained his upbeat self. On Saturday, Nov. 29, Steve suffered a final seizure, a massive heart attack, and finally entered God's eternal presence. Our grief is lessened by the fact that we know we will meet Steve again, and spend eternity together.
The family will return from Sunnyvale, Calif., to Canal Winchester this week. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the Canal Winchester High School Cafetorium on Sunday evening Dec. 14, 2003, at 6 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following to meet with the family. The memorial service is open to the public.
Stephen is survived by Shiho Doling (wife), Alexis and Alicia Doling (daughters), Ernest and Jacqueline Doling (parents), James and Holly Doling (brother and sister-in-law), Dee Dee and Paul Russell (sister and brother-in-law), Billie Doling (grandmother), Mildred Mitchell (grandmother) and two nieces and two nephews.