Steven Marzuola | Obituaries | McAlester News Capital
Steven Joseph Marzuola passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas on May 23, 2021. He was 63 years old.
Steven was born in Hobbs, New Mexico on November 29, 1957. As a young boy, Steven received his elementary education in small international schools on the east shore of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Prior to attending high school at St. Stephen’s Residential School in Austin, Steven spent a year in full Spanish immersion at a fully Venezuelan school in Lagunillas.
As a young child, Steven was a voracious learner. Her mother says she knew Steven was already reading when he was two when he stopped her from turning the page of a book because she skipped part of the text. Susi’s first memory of her brother was that he was lying on the bed and reading an encyclopedia on the floor.
In December 1979, he married his good friend Donna MacLean, originally from Trinidad. Three years later, they had their first child, Jason, and their daughter Stéphanie was born in 1985.
Steven received mechanical engineering degrees from Texas A&M, a Magna Cum Laude graduate, and a master’s degree in computer science from Rice University. After graduation, Steven worked in the oilfield in the family business in Venezuela as well as other service companies in Texas.
Steven had many fond memories of his childhood in Venezuela and it was a favorite subject for him long after he moved from there. He researched and nurtured relationships with many people who shared his experience, including co-workers, classmates, and “Oilfield Wizards” from all over the world.
Eventually, Steven would stay in Houston, where he embarked on an 18-year career in technical translation and interpretation. He started his own company, TechLanguage, and became increasingly involved with the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association (HITA). Recently, Steven had engaged in legal and judicial proceedings.
At HITA, Steven has held a number of board positions including President and most recently Director of Communications. He has been a mentor to many young professionals, always meeting the standards of an impeccable degree of quality. He was even asked to translate a speech given to Pope Francis during his trip to Philadelphia.
Steven was a traveling encyclopedia long before Google. He once described himself as having a good memory and admitted, “I remember a lot of things.” This meant that anyone who asked him a simple question was better prepared to learn all about the subject. Her daughter says she used to set a 40-second timer for her dad – he had to tell her story quickly or she would google it.
Steven’s friends and family remember him as being kind and helpful, a gentle soul who at the same time was vocally passionate about a range of subjects. He was a strong advocate for democracy and social rights and recently devoted many hours to political campaigns and elections in Texas. His insatiable reading continued throughout his life and he was an internet and social media hound, where he sought old friendships and developed many new ones. He loved a good debate, quirky humor, a bit of irreverent fun and most of all his family.
Steven is survived by his wife Donna of Houston, Texas; sons Jason and Sarah Marzuola of Florida and daughter Stéphanie of Texas; his mother Gloria Marzuola of Oklahoma; sister Susi and husband Peter Waller of California and their children, Leona and James; her sister Carol and her husband James Phillips of England and their grandchildren; his brother-in-law Gregory MacLean and his wife Eileen from Florida and their children Michaela, Sarah, Samantha, Nicholas and Jillian, as well as many extended family members.
A celebration of Steven’s life was held in Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steven’s name to the Harris County Democratic Party.
Published on June 4, 2021