The Life of the Party
Steve was a Santa Barbara Native born at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara CA. He passed away from complications associated with Diabetes. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1970. Soon after he enlisted in the United States Navy, he was Master at Arms on the flagship USS Reeves and was Honorably Discharged in 1974, an accomplishment he was very proud of. He then worked many years at his family’s business, El Patio Men’s Wear, on State St. Later he obtained two Associate Degrees at Santa Barbara City College. Steve was truly the life of the party with his confidence, charming personality, jokes, witty conversations and always made sure everyone was having a good time. He always had a positive outlook in any situation and enjoyed life to the fullest. One of the things he would say is “If I die tomorrow, I had one heck of a ride!” He enjoyed camping, bowling, music, cooking, football, the beach, a big fan of professional boxing and he loved spending time with his family. Steve lived in the moment because he never knew what tomorrow would bring. He was very generous, always lending a helping hand to those in need. He is survived by his oldest daughter Raquel Gularte, son Steve/Yvette Guzman and youngest daughter Tiana/Louis Hernandez, mother Hortensia Guzman, former wife Sandra/Rueben Lugo, granddaughters Carissa Guerra and Julia Gularte, sisters Barbara/Bobby Quintanilla, Laura Pena and brother Raymond/Lalita Guzman. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Guzman and father Raymond Guzman. He left us with many happy and funny memories that we will always cherish. We Love You and will miss you dearly. Memorial Services will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, March 26 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home on 15 E Sola St in Santa Barbara.