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Stephen (Dawg) Richard Dybas passed away peacefully April 18, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. He made his grand entrance into this world probably not-so-peacefully when he was born to Louis Dybas, Sr. and Betty (Sinatra) Dybas on January 16, 1955 in Amsterdam, NY. He certainly continued to make his presence known until he left this earth.

He was the second of three boys but did not suffer with the Middle Child Syndrome of feeling he was overlooked. Steve made sure he was never overlooked.  Even as a child, his personality was strong.  Photos from that time in his life and forward reflect his self-assured and outgoing nature.  He could never be accused of being an introvert.  And saying he’s an extrovert would be an understatement.  He needed to have a large body as it could barely contain his larger-than-life persona.

When he was young, he played Little League Baseball, which his father coached. Steve was a kicker on his high school football team and was given the nickname of “Sugar Foot”.

After high school, he joined the Army and served 4 years. Although he was honorably discharged, it is doubtful that branch of the service has been the same since. Once out of the service, he had a number of different jobs.  He drove truck for a time and had many, many stories to tell of his adventures.  Another profession was being a commercial plumber.  His advice for anyone in that job was, “Never bite your fingernails.”

He umpired minor league baseball and a variety of high school sports. That carried over to enjoying attending spring training and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games.  Also a fan of motorsport events, Steve enjoyed drag racing, NASCAR, and drag boat races.  His special affinity was for sprint cars.  He could often be found at the back stretch of the local dirt track, being pelted by flying mud and standing as close as he could to the fence. He was equally at ease when he went to the opera and drew stares.

Riding his Harley was a big part of his life (again, an understatement) even if doing so nearly killed him….multiple times. He got a kick out of seeing people’s reaction when he wore his “Skippy’s Asshole Club” t-shirt and would jokingly brag that he was the president.  He was as colorful as his many and varied tattoos which included everything from skulls and military themes to flowers, Shrek, Yosemite Sam, and a shark wearing a red bow-tie.   He said that his next ink was going to be that of Reba McIntire’s eyes tattooed on the back of his head.  Steve also commanded amazing cooking skills and would cook for his church’s events.  His go-to dishes were Italian, and he grew his own tomatoes and herbs.

He was member of the American Legion, Arizona Sprint Car Association, Arizona American Italian Club, and the Polish American Club in Amsterdam, NY.

Steve is survived by his father, Louis Dybas, Sr., and his brothers Louis Dybas Jr. and Martin (Tina) Dybas. His mother, Betty, preceded him in death October 31, 2007.   Steve leaves behind his wife, Connie, along with his Aunt Mary Ann and Uncle Richard Dybas, many cousins, other family, and a wide variety of friends.  Many of his friends will ask “who?” and be surprised to find out that he has a name other than “Dawg”.  He has other names, too, but not all are fit for printing.

He will be remembered for his looming presence, booming voice, sense of humor, and his big heart that was behind all the bravado.

Visitation will be held at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 on Friday, April 27th from 5 to 8p.m.   Also at the funeral home on Saturday, April 28th there will be visitation at 2p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3p.m.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes to make a donation in his name, please make it to the charity of your choice. Another suggestion would be to the Arizona Humane Society, as every good dog (and cat) deserves a chance, a home, and to love and be loved.

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10 responses to “Stephen Richard Dybas”

  1. Betty Uber says:

    I am heart broken that I will not be at my friend Steve’s celebration of a very very full life! Steve and I had a very special relationship and in a very short time he became close friends with my whole family. When we needed him he was always there! Steve’s passing has left a hole in our Universe that will take a long time to close. See you on the other side Steve!

  2. Margie says:

    Hi Connie. Uncle Kurt and I liked Steve and is sorry he passed so young.
    His quick wit and sense of humor was amazing and fun! We pray for God’s peace for those who love him and will miss Steve. May he rest on peace in the arms of Jesus? Love Aunt Margie and Uncle Kurt.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Beautifully written, a fitting tribute. RIP.

  4. STAN STACK says:

    HIT IT ON THE NAIL GIRL. THOSE OF US WHO STUCK AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW HIM WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. AND I MEAN THAT IN THE BEST OF WAYS. “THE MOST INTERESTING MAN” WOULD LOOK BORING NEXT TO DAWG. POLITICALLY CORRECT HE WAS NOT AND HE SPOKE HIS MIND WITH BRAVADO. DOG YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART, YOU WILL BE MISSED.

  5. Sandra Smith says:

    You have hit it on the nail. Stevo was a very colorful guy who spoke his piece. My mom simply adored him even, and he adored her. We went through a lot together with my mom, but if you are right, if you stick around long enough to see who he really is, he has a heart of gold. The man could cook up a storm! (and make a big mess too!) They broke the mold when they made him. He is/was a one of a kind and he was so stubborn but he was loveable and we will all miss him.

  6. James Luksis says:

    Condolences to Connie and Family, We were cousins of Steve from back North who grew up together. Always his own man, and surely did it his way. Strong minded and strong willed may you find peace to know that the Lord has him under his wing now .. May the Grace of God bring comfort to you in this difficult time.

    The Luksis Family

  7. Holly and Rico Salvarria says:

    Connie,
    The world has lost another amazing man and great personality with so many layers. I am so sorry we won’t be able to attend the celebration of life because we will be in Kauai but we will definitely have a drink that day and reminisce about all the laughs he brought into our world! Hugs to you and all his loved ones. If you need anything at all please reach out. ♡♡ Dawg, you will be dearly missed♡♡

  8. Patti Burke says:

    I am so sad to have lost such an amazing presence in my life. I will miss the voice on the other end of the phone calling me the little polack. Dawg will be sorely missed by Lee and I, and so many others.

  9. Marcia says:

    My deepest condolences goes out to the family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you find comfort in one another as well as in God’s promises for the future. Revelation 21:4

  10. Big Sleepy says:

    A very good man gone too soon and will be greatly missed. Big Dawg, we will see you again, but not yet! You and the Rednexican need to show Heaven’s crowd how we do it in Queentucky, Shee-Haw! Miss you bud, rest easy now!

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Stephen Richard Dybas


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Stephen (Dawg) Richard Dybas passed away peacefully April 18, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. He made his grand entrance into this world probably not-so-peacefully when he was born to Louis Dybas, Sr. and Betty (Sinatra) Dybas on January 16, 1955 in Amsterdam, NY. He certainly continued to make his presence known until he left this earth.

He was the second of three boys but did not suffer with the Middle Child Syndrome of feeling he was overlooked. Steve made sure he was never overlooked.  Even as a child, his personality was strong.  Photos from that time in his life and forward reflect his self-assured and outgoing nature.  He could never be accused of being an introvert.  And saying he’s an extrovert would be an understatement.  He needed to have a large body as it could barely contain his larger-than-life persona.

When he was young, he played Little League Baseball, which his father coached. Steve was a kicker on his high school football team and was given the nickname of “Sugar Foot”.

After high school, he joined the Army and served 4 years. Although he was honorably discharged, it is doubtful that branch of the service has been the same since. Once out of the service, he had a number of different jobs.  He drove truck for a time and had many, many stories to tell of his adventures.  Another profession was being a commercial plumber.  His advice for anyone in that job was, “Never bite your fingernails.”

He umpired minor league baseball and a variety of high school sports. That carried over to enjoying attending spring training and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games.  Also a fan of motorsport events, Steve enjoyed drag racing, NASCAR, and drag boat races.  His special affinity was for sprint cars.  He could often be found at the back stretch of the local dirt track, being pelted by flying mud and standing as close as he could to the fence. He was equally at ease when he went to the opera and drew stares.

Riding his Harley was a big part of his life (again, an understatement) even if doing so nearly killed him….multiple times. He got a kick out of seeing people’s reaction when he wore his “Skippy’s Asshole Club” t-shirt and would jokingly brag that he was the president.  He was as colorful as his many and varied tattoos which included everything from skulls and military themes to flowers, Shrek, Yosemite Sam, and a shark wearing a red bow-tie.   He said that his next ink was going to be that of Reba McIntire’s eyes tattooed on the back of his head.  Steve also commanded amazing cooking skills and would cook for his church’s events.  His go-to dishes were Italian, and he grew his own tomatoes and herbs.

He was member of the American Legion, Arizona Sprint Car Association, Arizona American Italian Club, and the Polish American Club in Amsterdam, NY.

Steve is survived by his father, Louis Dybas, Sr., and his brothers Louis Dybas Jr. and Martin (Tina) Dybas. His mother, Betty, preceded him in death October 31, 2007.   Steve leaves behind his wife, Connie, along with his Aunt Mary Ann and Uncle Richard Dybas, many cousins, other family, and a wide variety of friends.  Many of his friends will ask “who?” and be surprised to find out that he has a name other than “Dawg”.  He has other names, too, but not all are fit for printing.

He will be remembered for his looming presence, booming voice, sense of humor, and his big heart that was behind all the bravado.

Visitation will be held at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 on Friday, April 27th from 5 to 8p.m.   Also at the funeral home on Saturday, April 28th there will be visitation at 2p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3p.m.

In lieu of flowers, if one wishes to make a donation in his name, please make it to the charity of your choice. Another suggestion would be to the Arizona Humane Society, as every good dog (and cat) deserves a chance, a home, and to love and be loved.

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10 responses to “Stephen Richard Dybas”

  1. Betty Uber says:

    I am heart broken that I will not be at my friend Steve’s celebration of a very very full life! Steve and I had a very special relationship and in a very short time he became close friends with my whole family. When we needed him he was always there! Steve’s passing has left a hole in our Universe that will take a long time to close. See you on the other side Steve!

  2. Margie says:

    Hi Connie. Uncle Kurt and I liked Steve and is sorry he passed so young.
    His quick wit and sense of humor was amazing and fun! We pray for God’s peace for those who love him and will miss Steve. May he rest on peace in the arms of Jesus? Love Aunt Margie and Uncle Kurt.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Beautifully written, a fitting tribute. RIP.

  4. STAN STACK says:

    HIT IT ON THE NAIL GIRL. THOSE OF US WHO STUCK AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW HIM WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. AND I MEAN THAT IN THE BEST OF WAYS. “THE MOST INTERESTING MAN” WOULD LOOK BORING NEXT TO DAWG. POLITICALLY CORRECT HE WAS NOT AND HE SPOKE HIS MIND WITH BRAVADO. DOG YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART, YOU WILL BE MISSED.

  5. Sandra Smith says:

    You have hit it on the nail. Stevo was a very colorful guy who spoke his piece. My mom simply adored him even, and he adored her. We went through a lot together with my mom, but if you are right, if you stick around long enough to see who he really is, he has a heart of gold. The man could cook up a storm! (and make a big mess too!) They broke the mold when they made him. He is/was a one of a kind and he was so stubborn but he was loveable and we will all miss him.

  6. James Luksis says:

    Condolences to Connie and Family, We were cousins of Steve from back North who grew up together. Always his own man, and surely did it his way. Strong minded and strong willed may you find peace to know that the Lord has him under his wing now .. May the Grace of God bring comfort to you in this difficult time.

    The Luksis Family

  7. Holly and Rico Salvarria says:

    Connie,
    The world has lost another amazing man and great personality with so many layers. I am so sorry we won’t be able to attend the celebration of life because we will be in Kauai but we will definitely have a drink that day and reminisce about all the laughs he brought into our world! Hugs to you and all his loved ones. If you need anything at all please reach out. ♡♡ Dawg, you will be dearly missed♡♡

  8. Patti Burke says:

    I am so sad to have lost such an amazing presence in my life. I will miss the voice on the other end of the phone calling me the little polack. Dawg will be sorely missed by Lee and I, and so many others.

  9. Marcia says:

    My deepest condolences goes out to the family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you find comfort in one another as well as in God’s promises for the future. Revelation 21:4

  10. Big Sleepy says:

    A very good man gone too soon and will be greatly missed. Big Dawg, we will see you again, but not yet! You and the Rednexican need to show Heaven’s crowd how we do it in Queentucky, Shee-Haw! Miss you bud, rest easy now!

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