Stephen Charles Laxineta passed away on July 19, 2019 at his Manhattan Beach, CA home surrounded by his wife and children. He was 83 years old.
Steve was born September 23, 1935 to Harry and Grace Laxineta. He grew up in and around Los Angeles and spent his entire life in Southern California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1957 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his career at Rocketdyne, supporting both the Mercury and Gemini programs. Later, while working at Rockwell International, he transitioned from the space program to consumer electronics - specifically hand-held calculators.
After a successful engineering career, Steve decided to pursue his entrepreneurial interests, leading to, among other endeavors, the launch of Hospital Satellite Network, which produced medical education programs for doctors and patients at hospitals across the U.S., and National Media, Inc., publisher of the Los Angeles Independent Newspaper Group, as well as the Beach Reporter and Palos Verdes Peninsula News, which he sold to Copley Newspapers in 2004. His incredible intellect, business acumen, focus on precision and quality, and dedication to people were present throughout his career.
Steve had a genuine love of life, and enjoyed travel, flying, cars, and a variety of sports, including tennis and golf. But his greatest interest was in helping those close to him. He had a gift for recognizing passion and ambition in people and mentored many young men and women in the pursuit of their success and happiness. Steve's life will continue to be celebrated by those who loved him. He is survived by his wife, Diane, his children Nancy and Michael, and his grandchildren, Kaitlin, Taylor, and Ethan.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 8, 2019.