October 8, 1954 - July 25, 2022
Steven John Paulik was born October 8th, 1954 in Tacoma, Washington. He passed away at his home in Purdy, Washington on July 25, 2022 at age 67. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sheryl (Gallagher) Paulik and his father, John (JP) Paulik Jr. He is survived by his mother Dorothe Paulik, sister Debbie Jennings, and his daughters Sara Paulik (Tyrel Shepard), Stacy Arena (Michael), and Shannon Paulik (Jeron Groff), as well as his 10 grandchildren: Sherry, Austin, Shylee, Owen, Shayla, Shelsey, Westin, Elliott, Shelby and Carter.
Steve was married in April 1980 to the love of his life, Sherree, and together they had three beautiful daughters, Sara, Stacy and Shannon. Sherree passed away in 1993 after a long battle with cancer. Steve raised his daughters the best way he knew how. He loved them dearly and he was everything to them.
Steve graduated from Curtis High School, in University Place, WA, in 1972. He went on to attend Clover Park Technical College, where he earned a degree in audio technology. He built his downtown Tacoma businesses, Soundwest Audio and Soundwest Recording, from the ground up, pouring his blood sweat and tears into his work every day. He repaired professional audio equipment for some of the biggest accounts in the area, and was a trusted warranty repair center for many well known companies. He ran a well known recording studio and was an active part of the live music scene in Tacoma. Steve created a legacy and touched the lives of many people during his years at Soundwest.
He was a loving and devoted father, a cherished son, brother and uncle, an amazing friend, and all around badass to all that knew him. Steve was a music man, always blasting his current favorites at full volume. He had a spectacular green thumb, loved riding his Harley, flying his drone, boating, hunting and spending time with friends, young and old. Steve was rough around the edges until you got to know him, but was truly a soft hearted and caring friend, always willing to help those in need. He was a rock and a safe place for many. He gave great advice and he will be greatly missed.
One thing that gives us comfort is knowing that Steve was greeted with open arms and a cold beer by his wife Sherree, best friends Arnie & Jayne Duesterbeck and Steve (Big Dad) Strobe. The gang is back together again.
A celebration of his life will be held at Zog’s on Fox Island on September 24th from 1pm-4pm. All who knew him are welcome to attend.