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Stephen ‘Steve’ Tristan, Rye, Sr.

Stephen ‘Steve’ Tristan, Rye, Sr., 78, of Austin, TX, passed away on March 21, 2020 in Austin, TX. Steve was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Weldon and Marta Rye on November 20, 1941.

Steve went to high school in Hatfield, AR and graduated in 1959. He went on to earn a business degree from Arkansas Tech in Russellville, AR in 1963. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and served a tour in Vietnam. Upon discharge from the Army, he worked in multiple positions for the State of Texas at the Department of Welfare/Human Services and the State Comptroller’s Office, retiring in 1993 with 25 years of service. During his retirement he was fondly known as ‘The Sign Guy’ at Kuper Sotheby where he met so many people he loved and he truly enjoyedthe job. Outside of work, he was a Master Mason and was a Past Master of Colorado Lodge #96 in Webberville, TX, a past District Deputy Grand Master, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a Past Potentate of Ben-Hur Shrine Temple in Austin, TX.

Steve is survived by his wife Pat of Austin. Children, Stephen T. Rye, Jr. and his wife Melissa of Lago Vista, Robert B. Rye, Sr., and his wife Elizabeth of Scottsdale, Terri Hanson and her husband Greg of Austin, and Tracy Alexander of Austin. Brothers Weldon Rye, Timothy Rye, Sr., Gregory Rye, Sr., Sisters, Marta Tyler, Lou Ella Arnold, Margo Whitmore and Brenda Russell. Grandchildren, Sydney, Cecily, Brooke, Bethany, RJ and Bella, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Steve was predeceased by his parents, Weldon and Marta Rye, and by his brother, Seth Rye.

Steve was a man of faith, a true friend and someone people liked to be around. He was always quick to lend a hand if you needed help and as the saying goes, ‘he would give you the shirt off of his back’ and if he said he would do something, he did it. To his family he was a great husband, father, brother, uncle and grandpa. Steve could always be counted on for some saying or other that might make you scratch your head. An example, ‘If I tell you a mosquito can pull a plow, you hook it up.’ He was an outstanding individual and will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. God rest his soul and welcome him into thy kingdom where surely, he will dwell forever in the House of the Lord and his Savior, Jesus Christ.

As mentioned, Steve was a Shriner and if you desire to make a memorial contribution in his honor, please do so to the Shriner Children’s Hospitals.

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