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Stephen Leonard Parratto

February 19, 1946 — June 8, 2024

Rocklin

Stephen Leonard Parratto

Stephen Leonard Parratto, known affectionately as Steve, passed away on June 8, 2024, in Rocklin, California, surrounded by his loving family after bravely battling Alzheimer's for nearly a decade. He was born on February 19, 1946, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Steve led an adventurous life filled with a diverse array of careers and passions. From being an Scranton University Graduate, an Army Ranger, a Yacht Broker, and a Defense Contractor, to serving as a Ski Instructor, Tour Guide, Golf Club Crafter, University Instructor at UNM, and a USOC level Spinning Instructor, he truly embraced various experiences with enthusiasm and dedication.

Steve's commitment to his country was one of his proudest accomplishments and his military service was impactful, spanning over 11 years in the Army. He started in ROTC then graduated from the grueling Winter Ranger School, completed two tours of Vietnam as Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and during the Cold War, served as a Counter Intelligence Officer before being medically retired with the rank of Major.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Steve was a devoted husband to Linda Parratto for almost 60 years. Together they raised their two sons, Johnny and Tim Parratto. Their shared love for adventure led them to travel the world and dedicate their retirement to activities like spin class and doting on their granddaughter Charlotte Parratto. Both being avid cyclists, they spent many trips & tours, as well as many hours on road or spin bikes. One of the more memorable times being a ride around Lake Tahoe while their boys cheered them on in the pace car.

As a father and husband, Steve was firm but fair. Instilling values of hard work, determination, self-reliance he taught his boys how to rebuild car engines, drive in extreme weather, enjoy a car race, value education, and live with gaining experience as a priority. His high expectations were always balanced with unwavering encouragement.

Steve's passion for life extended into his hobbies which included indulging in Gummi Bears and sour candy, savoring coffee and donuts, enjoying spinning classes and other outdoor sports, movies, and music of all genres; he loved Philadelphia, the Phillies and Philly-style soft pretzels.

His presence was felt in every room he entered - characterized by his boisterous voice and prominent hand gestures giving everyone high fives and strong hugs. Steve valued traditional virtues like loyalty and honor while embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner who never ceased to explore new horizons.

In addition to his wife Linda and sons Johnny (and daughter-in-law Robyn) and Tim (and daughter-in-law Shannon), Steve leaves behind cherished memories for his surviving family including his granddaughter Charlotte Parratto. He is reunited in spirit with his parents Henry and Mary Elizabeth Parratto as well as his son Andrew Parratto.

Steve's legacy is one of adventure, service, travel, wisdom, love, and risk-taking adrenaline highs that will continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will forever be cherished by those whose lives he touched.

Rest in peace Stephen Leonard Parratto - your remarkable life will always be remembered fondly by family and friends alike.

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