01/02/1986 - 04/28/2021
Service Date: 05/22/2021
Service Time: 12 PM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park 2100 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Christopher Everett Steel, on Wednesday April 28, 2021, at the age of 35, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Chris was born on January 2, 1986 in Mesa and lived in the Phoenix area most of his life. Shortly after graduating high school, Chris attended the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs and pursued his passion in bicycle mechanics. After graduating, he returned to Phoenix and worked in bike shops around the valley and began his own bicycle repair shop from home. Chris used the money he earned to purchase professional music equipment and technology so he could pursue his second passion of creating music.

Chris lived his life with speed, enthusiasm, and creativity. He applied intense focus and study to his interests and became all consumed in every aspect of them. He quickly established himself as a runner in middle school where he set state records. He was a triathlete by the age of 15 and third in the nation for his age group. His love for racing led him to downhill mountain biking. When Chris was not on a bike, he was creating music. He produced all aspects of music including beats, lyrics, and instrumental arrangements. His creative mind loved to design, especially clothing and shoes. He also drew patent ready illustrations for inventions like pens, necklaces, and other accessories.

Christopher is preceded in death by his grandparents, Milton and Gladys Steel.

Chris is survived by his parents, Gene and Sharon Steel, sister Adryon Steel, aunt Cindy (Rich), uncle Maurice (Mei), cousins, Erik, Dana, Katherine, and Kenneth. Chris is also survived by his biological parents, Cindy Jones and Ken Ottinger, whom he was excited to have recently connected with.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery located at 2100 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, Arizona 85297 on May 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Luncheon to follow from 2 – 4 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, the family will be creating a Christopher Steel Memorial Scholarship at Viewpoints Dual Recovery Center in Prescott, Arizona. Donations can be made out to Gene Steel and sent to PO Box 51810 Phoenix, AZ 85076.


  • Berneita Schneider

    You have my sincere sympathy Cindy. My prayers are with you. He was so young.

  • Constance Griffin Tafoya

    Blessed Be dear ones.

  • Jennifer Etzel-Elaqad

    I’m so very sorry fly with the angels

  • Sharon, Gene, Adryon, my heart is so sad. Having Christopher as a bonus son even for such a short time was a wonderful gift. I wish we had had more time to get to know him. Kim Ottinger

  • Sharon, Gene, Adryon, my heart is so sad. Having Christopher as a bonus son even for such a short time was a wonderful gift. I wish we had had more time to get to know him. Our family sends our deepest sympathies.

  • I am so sorry. I can’t even imagine the loss. I am thinking about you and sending prayers.

  • Carl “Dj Invisible” Hollier

    This is tough and heart breaking to hear but I will always remember my phone calls with Chris. We talked about my music tours and the music business. He would ask the best / complicated, challenging questions that made me think and laugh. I really enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm! His hunger for musical knowledge always kept me on my toes. His musical talents will for sure be missed. He’s forever going to be looking down from above and every time I hear thunder I’ll know The Man of Steel is practicing on his drum machine!

  • Bernice Seminole

    My deepest condolences to you, your families & extended families.

  • We are very saddened by the passing of Chris. We lived next door to the family for 25 years. We watched Chris, Adryon and our son Dustin grow up together. It was a happy time in the lives of our two families. We pray for comfort and peace to Gene, Sharon and Adryon. We will always remember Chris with our love. Patty and Ray Sites. Lakeway, Texas

  • Anita lassiter

    It’s with a heavy heart I send my deepest sympy to your family it was always my pleasure to be there for your son as his case manager I e joyed his energy and life of musical knowledge and his love of family.. much love gods speed Christopher

  • Scott & Kimberly Vidra

    Gene, Sharon and Adryon

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family ! Chris was loved by many and touched everyone’s heart ! He is watching over you with Grandma and Grandpa now Love Scott and Kim



  • Eldon Hancock

    Our family loved Chris. We watched him excel at Desert Vista. He is a special young man, well aware of his demons and stayed close to his passions to find joy and fulfillment. Condolences to his loved ones. Heaven gained a good person.

  • Shannon Vollborn

    My deepest sympathies. Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Aaron & Cristy Bushor

    Gene, Sharon and Adryon

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. My heart breaks for you. In time I hope you will find joy in the memories. RIP Christopher!
    Love Aaron & Cristy

  • Debbie Sutherland

    To Chris’ family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. I never met Chris but he was obviously so very gifted and talented, truly a beautiful mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • So many memories of Chris growing up. From that little boy full of energy to a loving young man. 😍. Our hearts are heavy and beyond sad for your family. I know grandma and grandpa are holding on to you tight. They so loved you Chris. May your heart be at Peace.
    We love you Christopher. ❤️
    Love Aunt Cindy and Uncle Rich.

  • Judy A Lowe (Snickles)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both, Adryon and the family. I didn’t know Christopher, but knew about him and how much you loved him. I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the loss of a child. My deepest condolences to you both. Love and Friendship, Judy

  • It hurts to know the pain the family is feeling at this time but it fills my heart right back up thinking about all the love Chris felt in his lifetime. My only hope is that Gene, Sharon and Adryon can make their peace with this and recognize that our physical life is one very small piece of the pie. You will inevitably be reunited. For now, he is with Milton and Gladys and that’s a good place to be.

  • For Christopher. I’m at a loss for Words. We all miss you,that were lucky enough who knew you. Your Enthusiasm of life you shared, was shown by your 1000 watt smile & kindness. My favorite riding Bro. You are Riding with the Angels now , Ride Forever my Friend… until we ride again. L. & R. always…

  • My thoughts go out to Gene, Sharon, and Adryon. So sorry to hear about losing Chris. He was too young. I have so many good memories with Chris from middle school and early high school growing up. Chris had endless energy and was all in with the things he was passionate about. There was never a dull moment and adventure always came with Chris. I will never forget hanging out and mountain biking everyday 8th grade summer. RIP Chris.

  • lynn holmgren

    Gene, I am so sorry to hear about Chris, God has brought him home to loving arms. My prayers are with with. Lynn Holmgren

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