Saturday, May 16, 2009

OBT: Stephen Selgrath

Taylor Selgrath

SAN ANTONIO — Stephen, you were a gift from God for 26 years. We are so happy that you knew the joys of fatherhood. Your devotion to your children was obvious to those who saw you with them.

Caleb shares your sense of humor and handsome good looks. He was just telling us how he loved to ride bikes and go fishing with his daddy. We all remember Bryar running to the door when you got home from work so she could ride on your shoulders, laughing with delight. Bryar, your child of smiles.

It was fun to watch Caleb, full of stories of his day, excitedly talking as he followed you and Bryar through the house. Caleb, your child of promise and strength.

Layla loved her daddy so. She waited patiently until you would finally sit down alone then skip over to you, smiling as she looked into your eyes, waiting for you to gently rub her forehead and tell her how pretty she was. Layla, your child of hope.

You and Scarlett have the most beautiful children. You will continue to live through them and in all our hearts. We will make sure they remember their daddy.

We ask friends of the family to remember these beloved children and their mother, Scarlett, in their prayers: Caleb Reese Selgrath, 8; Layla Belle Selgrath, 7; and Bryar Cadence Selgrath, 5.

Stephen Taylor Selgrath and all three of his children were born at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. Stephen attended Holy Cross Lutheran Christian School, Peterson Middle School and Tivy High School. He continued his education at Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, and the University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, pursuing a mechanical engineering degree.

After his daughter, Layla, was diagnosed with autism, Stephen and Scarlett moved to Phoenix, Ariz., believing more state services would be available to benefit her. Stephen switched his major to motorcycle mechanics and attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, the premier motorcycle institute in the U.S. Stephen graduated with honors at the top of his class.

Stephen, Scarlett and the children moved to Boerne, Texas, last year.

By that time, Bryar also had been diagnosed with autism. The Boerne school system has a superior special needs program. Stephen and Scarlett Whatley Selgrath have always made the needs of their children a priority. Scarlett has been a stay-at-home mother to their children. Scarlett was Stephen’s first and last love.

Stephen is survived by his parents, Deborah Selgrath Thomas, Dallas, Texas, and Gary and Dixey Selgrath, Trophy Club, Texas; maternal grandparents, Dr. David and Helyn Culclasure, San Antonio, Texas; brother, David Selgrath, Round Rock, Texas; and stepsisters, Brittany and Hillary Hood.

Stephen was predeceased by his stepfather, Dr. Rex E. Thomas, formerly of Kerrville, Texas.

Thank you to all the friends and family members that have kept us in their prayers.

Scarlett is requesting memorial donations be made by sending Wal-Mart gift cards to her in care of the First United Methodist Church, 321 Thompson Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028. This would be a practical solution that Stephen would endorse. The needs of his family always came first.

A celebration of life will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at First United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church located at 321 Thompson Drive.

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At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss you still.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss you my love. i can't believe its been a year.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Tanya said...


At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived next door to stephen on paradise ave when I was 15 I was there when his parnets got a div.i have been looking for david,,stepen for many yrs.plz call me my name is jason. 830_688_8293


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