Steve Sitts Obituary
Steven Sitts passed away peacefully at 48 years old on October 2, 2021 and will be greatly missed by his wife Samantha; daughter Sarah Sitts; parents Don and Becky Sitts, as well as siblings Laurie Hardman and Rob Sitts.
Jalen Butler, 18, pleaded guilty to murder with gun specification and tampering with evidence after killing 48-year-old Steven Sitts during a robbery at his Akron home in 2021. He will become eligible for parole after 20 years behind bars.
Early Life and Education
At an early age, Steve Vai fell in love with guitar playing. While living in Boston’s small apartments with his family’s struggle to make ends meet, food was sometimes scarce – when this happened they would visit delicatessens to steal cheese blocks before stopping at McDonald’s to collect packets of ketchup to supplement their meals.
Jamie Tisch and their three children Elizabeth, Holden and Zachary as well as two stepchildren from his previous marriage Patricia Keast are surviving from his passing. Funeral arrangements have been made at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory of Cuyahoga Falls Ohio where visitation will take place on Wednesday October 24 from 2-6 PM at 30 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Steve Sitts spent his professional life as a real estate broker and investor, serving various community organizations including Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition as charter board chair and United Way of the Plains as campaign chairman.
At the University of Kansas School of Law, he was also active in student organizations. He served as class president in both his 1L and 3L classes; was a member of the International Law Society; participated in Mock Trial Competitions; and was appointed by his law school’s Academic Affairs Committee as an appointed student appointee.
Jalen Butler, 17, of Akron has entered a plea of guilty for murder with firearm specification and tampering with evidence in the shooting death of 48-year-old Steven Sitts on Oct. 2. Sitts was killed inside his North Hill residence.
Achievement and Honors
Sitts was honored with a Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards award from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation for his conservation work in 2015. Additionally, he serves on the Forestry Mutual Insurance Company Board and as a Certified Forester within North Carolina; previously serving Vestal City School District Board of Education, winning several golf tournaments like Nick DiNunzio Memorial at En-Joie and Section 4 Class A championships.
Steve SiTTs has an extended family that includes his parents, sisters, and nephews. Although single and childless for now, Steve enjoys traveling extensively and playing various sports – particularly golf – while also showing an affinity for cars; having built his own custom vehicle.
Jalen Butler of Bye Street was due to face trial for fatally shooting 48-year-old Steven Sitts on Dayton Street on October 2. On Oct 2, Butler was arrested after being accused of firing shots inside Sitt’s residence on Dayton Street and later accepted a plea deal that will allow him to avoid trial in 2021.
Sitts is the son of Zellie Sitts and Agnes Sitts and has two siblings – one brother and one sister. Additionally, Sitts has been married once.
Forbes ranks Sitt as one of America’s 12 richest people with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion, according to his net worth being worth an estimated total of assets that include stakes in Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers as well as numerous luxury properties and plus-size apparel retail investments.
Sitt was an early backer of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and appears regularly as an economic pundit on cable television, forecasting an age of economic prosperity under him. Additionally, he has advocated on his behalf for Gary Cohn as one of Trump’s key economic advisers.
Samantha Sitt was his one and only child; his only surviving parent is Sarah; Laurie Hardman and Rob Sitts are among his surviving siblings; funeral services were held for him at Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls on October 2. WOIO’s Amy Jacobson contributed this report.