Stephen Macasil, lovingly known as Steve, Steve-O and Uncle Batu to friends and family, was born in Bellflower, CA. He was number 7 of 11 children born to Al Macasil, and the eldest of 5 children born to Linda Macasil. He was father to two beautiful girls, Starla and Xandrie, and husband to Sharon Macasil.
Growing up in Montebello, Steve was always very popular among his friends and schoolmates. Though he got himself into trouble from time to time, he was greatly admired for his talents, intellect, skill and potential in almost anything he would set his mind to. He seemed to perfect and gain an expertise in anything that interested him. From his many hobbies to his talents, to his careers, he always strived to be the best he could be. Eventually, by God’s grace, his heart wanted to know all he could learn of the Word of God and how to live a God-glorifying life. It was not until years later that the Lord drew him to Himself, but his family and closest friends were greatly blessed by the conversion of his soul.
Steve worked in the auto industry for many years, beginning at the very young age of 21. He became the top producer in sales and the highest grossing closer. He quickly became the youngest Finance Manager at one of the dealerships he worked for and was sought after in the car industry due to his top sales and business skills. His last position in the car industry was a General Sales Manager before retiring and starting his own golf accessories store.
Steve became a father on October 2, 1994. This was a life changing event for him and brought him so much joy. He loved to play the guitar for his daughter and sing to her, sometimes making her cry with those minor notes. He was a very skilled guitar player and held frequent jam sessions with his friends in the garage. His second daughter was born on February 17, 1998, making his joy more complete. He loved making his girls laugh and joked around with them all the time.
In January 2005, during a rough patch in life, Steve was quickened by the Holy Spirit and he cried out to God for salvation. The Lord brought him back to church after many years and he began to faithfully attend with his sister, Sylvia. He began to diligently study the Word, listen to sermons and surround himself with other believers. He loved the Lord, loved theology and loved to talk about the things of God. One Sunday, he went to his father’s church and saw a young woman named Sharon sing a special number. He immediately fell for her, and she later became his wife. They attended Faith Community Church together for several years, where Steve served as a deacon and was used by God to disciple many young men in the congregation. He quickly became the ‘go-to’ guy for everyone’s questions, and these conversations very often led into the wee hours of the morning.
Steve was an author/writer of biblicalthought.com, and wrote the forward to Mike Sarkissian’s book titled ‘Before God: The Biblical Doctrine of Prayer’. He also wrote articles for other Christian blogs and was a defender of the Bible. He was an avid reader who loved theology and apologetics.
Steve was an entrepreneur. He was a co-owner of Ecigadvertisers, was co-founder and co-owner of ECC (E-Cig Convention), which he co-founded with his wife, Sharon and 3 other partners, he was highly respected in the vaping community, and was also the co-owner and President of Adwolf (marketing and advertising for the automobile industry).
In 2016, Steve and his wife, Sharon, moved to Waco, Texas to be near 2 of his siblings and their families. This is when Steve finally bought his first Harley, and loved riding those Texas back roads with his brother Phil and his brother-in-law Darrin. In 2017, he suffered from heart failure due to afib and spent almost a month in the hospital, but the Lord was gracious in recovering his health. In 2019, he had the Wolf Minimaze, which completely got rid of the afib. Steve’s parents moved to Texas in 2018 and since then he was able to spend many precious moments with his family, riding bikes, fishing, boating, discussing theology, and finally worshipping in church all together. This was his father’s number one prayer since moving to Texas. Steve lost his father Al on September 26, 2021, after a 12 night stay in the hospital. Steve himself was also in the hospital at the same time, and after 5 weeks, on the evening before his father’s funeral, he also went to be with the Lord.
Steve is survived by his 2 children from his first marriage to Lisa (Duran) Vasquez: Starla Macasil and Xandrie Macasil.
He is also survived by his wife Sharon of 14 years, by his mother Linda, his 10 siblings: Joyce, Janice, Roberson, Jacqueline, Evangeline, Nancy, Phillip, Sylvia, Andrew and Michael, and by a multitude of nieces and nephews.