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Steven Philip Orlando passed away May 31, 2021 at the age of 65. Called “Orlando” by many, he was a promoter with numerous jobs and adventures over the years. In 1977 he worked with Edgar Winter as his Social Director for the band’s tour and recording. Edgar put Steve’s name on their “Recycled” album. Steve also helped Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, and Bobby Kimball of Toto, Jon Smith of Edgar Winter and Toto, Mic Gillette of Tower of Power, and others. He made custom shirts for Tower of Power, and was friends with them. Tower of Power became his favorite band and he loved bringing friends and family to their live shows. Steve lived in Seattle, Washington in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and put on rock shows and helped start the comedy scene there.
Comedians would come to Seattle from San Francisco to get paid $100-150 a night. They included Jerry Seinfeld, Brad Garrett, Kevin Pollak, Will Durst, and many others. Years later Steve brought the biggest award winning Christian music stars to the Modesto, Oakdale, and surrounding area for shows and events that helped many organizations. Steve helped start the Oakdale Chocolate Festival that’s still very popular today. With a big heart and a happy twinkle in his eyes, Steve made custom hats, shirts and logos for many businesses, festivals, events, and organizations over the years. Steve was proud to be a member of the Clampers and helped with some of their events and shirts. He enjoyed going to many live shows, Giants games, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Black Oak Casino, and the Cow Track in Oakdale. Steve had a fun sense of humor and was a friend to many. He was a loving father and brother, and will be missed. Steve was preceded in death by his parents Phil and Sylvia Orlando. He is survived by his son Joe Orlando, daughter Lia Orlando, brother Ross Orlando, and sister Marisa (Steve) Rapinchuk.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at the Oakdale Citizen’s Cemetery followed by a reception at the Cow Track Lounge in Oakdale.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
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June 16, 2021