It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Capt. Steven Patrick Markling who “flew west” on Nov. 11, 2020 at the age of 68, after a nearly three year valiant battle with cancer.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth Markling of Coronado; parents William and Mary Louise Markling of Fullerton, California; siblings Ken Markling of Big Bear, California, Nanci Perkins of Henderson, Nevada, Carol Ramirez of San Jose, California, John Markling of Orange, California, and Joanne Chapman of Fullerton, California; cousins Greg Markling of Tucson, Arizona, Joe Markling of San Antonio, Texas, and Jan Lane of Goodyear, Arizona.
Steve was born on March 17, 1952. He graduated from Arcadia High School and Pasadena College. He was a longtime resident of Coronado.
Steve began his pilot career at Swift Air (San Luis Obispo, California). He attended Air Traffic Control School in Oklahoma City from 1981 to 1984 and worked in the LAX Air Traffic Control Tower. In 1985 he joined Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) as a first officer on British Aerospace 146, as well his favorite plane, the MD80. While both working at PSA, Steve met the love of his life and best friend, Elizabeth Foster and they would marry in 1989.
PSA & USAir merged and Steve became captain on MD80 & DC9 in 1990. He went on to fly 767, 757, DC9, 737, and Airbus 320 & 321. Steve also served in the Training Department for US Airways and American Airlines, where he served as check airmen on the 737, Airbus 320 and 321. Throughout his career, Steve was a consummate professional and took great pride in being a pilot and teaching new pilots in his care. Steve was also proud to mentor his nephew Kyle Perkins (of Henderson, Nevada); now a first officer at Southwest Airlines.
Steve retired from American Airlines in March, 2017, based in Los Angeles flying Hawaii routes, the highlight of his career! Steve was an avid golfer and particularly loved Maui, his favorite place to travel to. He was a beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to so many.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, pending current health and safety precautions.