Stephen Asbill: Coding in Heaven

I try to keep personal things off this blog but it is industry related and it’s my blog so I say what I want! :-)

I can only pray Steve had everything together and is in Heaven right now coding on Windows Vista Angel edition. Steve died in a car wreck a couple weeks ago and it hit me pretty hard. He was roughly my age and in the same industry.

Have you ever met someone you feel could get an eskimo to buy ice? Steve was that kind of person. He could get the ocean to buy a drought protection insurance policy or a squirrel to sign a joint venture contract with Planters. He was definitely always on the move, mentally, and always had his entrepreneurial hat on.

Steve was also the first actual client of “Katapult”: when we made the official change from JDev, Inc. He kept me WAY BUSIER than I banked on being but we were doing some cool things so I didn’t mind. He introduced me to “Four Peaks”:, which has some good food and is where he ALWAYS wanted to meet for lunch. :-) Good times.

Steve, you will be missed. Visit me in a dream and let me know how that Vista Angel edition is working for you.


  • Natasha Sijic

    Steve was an amazing person. I am still in shock about it all.

    I miss him so much.

    I am glad he had so many people who cared about him. He made sure he made everyone feel like he was their best friend.

    He is probably playing a lot of XBOX too.


  • Tanya

    I loved him :(
    He was my very best friend. I want him back

  • John C. Bland II

    I hear you Tanya. I’ve thought about him a lot lately. He is definitely missed.

  • Allan

    RIP Steve, a close high school and college friend, as well as a great business partner. I just found this news out today and I am devastated beyond belief. I haven’t seen Steve for a couple of years (I moved) and we lost touch. I kept telling myself to reach out to him, which is what I was doing today. I kept telling myself this had to be an evil joke, but I fear it isn’t. Steve, I’m sorry we didn’t keep in better contact. I still can’t believe this….

    Sorry for the ramble, but just in total shock here.

  • John C. Bland II

    No need for the “sorry for the ramble”. This is a page you can say what you feel about Steve so your comments are 100% fine.

    It is too bad you found out in the midst of looking for him. That’s a terrible way to find out. I found out by text message and that hurt so I can only imagine trying to find him and coming across a post like this. To that end, I wis you the best in dealing with the situation. There are a lot of folks saddened by this loss. It only goes to show how deeply he affected so many.

    Best to you.

  • Allan

    John, thanks for the reply.

    I only wish I would have found out in time to attend his funeral service.

    RIP Steve. Buddy, I’ve missed you and will now continue to miss you. I know you are in a better place now. If you found the perfect hot wings in heaven, save me some will ya? I know how much you loved em hot and crunchy.

    John, the best to you as well. And thanks for the blog and the place to post.


  • John C. Bland II

    Not a problem Allan. Nice words and lol @ hot wings. :-)

  • Tanya

    I still really miss him.. It does not matter how much time passes, it never gets easier.
    I love you, Steve…RIP…

  • John C. Bland II

    I do as well. He’s still in my address book and I run by his name every now and then which causes everything to come back for a few.

  • Jordan

    …5 years after hearing about his death while I was up in Chicago, I still think about this guy. Only knew him for a short time after the business I was with in 2005 had contracted him to do some work for us. Four Peaks and Sports Peppers hold special memories and good drunken times.

    Still missed after all these years, Steve. Wondering what cars your rigging, games you’re playing and what girls your sweet talking up there…

    • John C. Bland II

      I keep his # in my phone still along w/ his bday so I get notified of his bday every year. It is a yearly reminder to cherish life.