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Steven J. Mata

December 24, 1958 — November 27, 2023

In Memoriam: Steven James Mata It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Steven James Mata on November 27, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. Born on December 24, 1958, in Delano, CA, to Winsloe Sistos Mata and Mary Louise Mata, Steven's life was marked by his commitment to family, music, and service. A proud graduate of Delano High School in 1977, Steven furthered his education at Bakersfield College, earning an associate degree in music for three decades, he dedicated his career to D.A.D.D as a transportation driver and musician, leaving an indelible mark on those he served. In 1990, Steven entered into matrimony with Debbie, sharing 33 years of blissful marriage. A devout member of the Catholic Church at St. Mary's in Delano, CA, Steven's passions extended to his love for music, particularly classic rock, The Beatles, and oldies. His musical journey began with the formation of his band in his youth, evolving into a recognized publisher on YouTube in his later years. Steven found joy in simple pleasures, including watching movies, basking in the sun, and cherishing moments with his family. His legacy lives on through his beloved spouse Debbie, children Stephanie, Dominic, Luke, Aaron, Bethany, and Blase, grandchildren Jayden, Zachariah, and Lucian, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Winsloe and Mary Lou, and siblings Robert and Patricia, Steven's memory will be honored at a funeral service on December 16, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, followed by burial at North Kern Cemetery District. A visitation will take place at Basham & Lara Funeral Home on December 15, 2023, offering an opportunity for friends and family to pay their respects. Condolences may be shared on Steven James Mata's online guest book at www.bashamfuneralcare.com
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