Stephen "Steve" Schugart '81 October 6, 2023 4:14 PM updated: October 6, 2023 4:21 PM
Stephen Michael Schugart
December 27, 1958 - August 26, 2023
Stephen Michael Schugart of Spicewood, TX passed away unexpectedly on August 26, 2023 at the age of 64. Stephen, fondly known as Steve, was born on December 27, 1958, in Hoisington, Kansas; he was the son of Judith Warren Childs and Gary Leo Schugart. He attended school in Bryan, TX, and later Texas A&M University where he graduated as the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1981. He was married to Paula Jean Wilson in Dallas, TX, and was gifted a bonus son - Andrew. To this union, three children were also born – Chelsea, Lance, and Logan. They made their first home in Dallas, TX, and eventually moved to Austin, TX. He later remarried on December 26, 2015, to Erin Kathleen Jones and was gifted a bonus daughter, Kayla. Together they made their home in Spicewood, TX, and were partners at Cornerstone Church.
Steve’s deep-seated faith was an unwavering pillar in his life and he always strove to be an example of Christ. He continually reflected his love for the Lord by always being the first to lend a helping hand to those in need. The depth of Steve’s own love could be found in the profound nature of giving, as he gave often and in abundance to all around him. For those fortunate to know and witness him, this was evidenced by a larger-than-life personality, a booming voice, easy laughter, and a constant need to keep his community well-fed through envious amounts of smoked BBQ and pecan pies. For those truly blessed to personally know him, underneath the mountain of the man, rested a true servant's heart ladened with compassion and kindness without end, that showed through in the smaller, quieter moments. He often proved a true servant of the Lord - fulfilling wants for family, friends, and neighbors. We fondly remember this selfless love demonstrated through needs uttered in passing conversations with family or friends that he mentally stored and later answered through his giving spirit. If you did not find him at his Church home or “pit side”, you could find him nose-deep in a good war book or at the nearest body of water - casting a line and enjoying the simple pleasure of a good fishing session.
“That's why a bear can rest at ease, with just the bare necessities of life” - the ringing words of Steve’s Disney favorite, Baloo the Bear, became an anthem in his way of life. Steve was often most at ease when enjoying the simplest of pleasures life has to offer. Those moments where his “measure twice, cut once” teachings helped finish the many woodworking marvels produced over the years with his family. It was often with great admiration that one watched the mountainous form of Steve, hunched low over a table saw, with innumerable scraps of wood and nary a blueprint in sight. Slowly, and with great care, this disjointed field of lumber would begin to be assimilated into the beautiful piece of furniture it was always destined to become under his steady hands and creative mind. Steve was a true product of his generation, a genuine Jack-Of-All-Trades. One could easily marvel at his adeptness in skill and knowledge of the broadest range of subjects. It was often hard to note a sport he did not witness, a piece of history he was unfamiliar with, or even a subject he could not speak upon. Steve certainly was a man of immeasurable depth, kindness, and impact - achieving the greatest moments of these in his enjoyment of the ‘bear necessities’ of life.
Steve loved his family – his wife, building a life of love and faith together, his children, welcoming each of their spouses with open arms, his grandchildren, finding joy in teaching and coaching each of them. He served as the family ‘rock’ – always there to provide guidance, words of wisdom, and a good Dad joke that was sure to bring a smile to your face. He adored his faithful dog companions, even finding that pure, unadulterated love in those furry friends that his children forced upon him. Steve’s love for his family shone through in the simple necessity of teaching. He was always devoted to building with his family - whether it be in faith, woodworking, or coaching. His deep knowledge of the gospel was shared freely with his family. In his workshops, he was always eager to demonstrate and guide his family to an understanding of the many tools he knew so well. He patrolled the sidelines of his children and grandchildren, hat high on head and shades down low. From the batter's box to the hustle of every touchdown, to the beams of the gym and back into the lanes of the pool, Steve helped coach and bring out the best in his family.
He is survived by his wife, Erin Jones, his five children, Andrew, Chelsea, Lance, Logan, and Kayla, and his six grandchildren, Dylan, Cohen, Paisley, Ryder, Gannon, and Oaklyn. He is also survived by his mother, Judith Childs, his sister, Helen Childs, and his brother, Charles Schugart.
He was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather, Leo Schugart, and grandmother, Elva Schugart.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at Cornerstone Church/Spicewood Christian Academy at 9660 E Hwy 71 Spicewood, TX 78657 on September 30, 2023, at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to ‘Steve’s Food Pantry’ at https://www.ccatx.com/. In the main menu, click on “Give” and locate “Steve’s Food Pantry” in the drop-down menu.
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