Steven Craig Toland passed away at 58 in his home in Springtown, Texas on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 due to complications from his diabetes.
Steve was born on December 5, 1962 in Pomona, California to Dean Ernest Toland and Diane Rae Ziegler, the youngest child with older siblings Scott and Sue and foster-sister, Debbie Stovall. His father passed when he was very young, and Diane later married James Calvin Schrecengost, the man Steve would grow up with, look up to, and love as a father. The family lived in Paso Robles, California until his teen years when they relocated to Texas. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas in 1981. Steve married Cindy Little on July 30, 1983 in Arlington, Texas and they had a son together, James Dean Toland, named after both fathers Steve loved. Steve and Cindy divorced in 1988. He later met and married Connie Fritzler on February 15, 1992 in Fort Worth, Texas and they had a daughter, Josephine Faith Ann Toland, whom they lost early due to complications from a premature birth, and a son, Nathan Kyle Toland. Steve and Connie divorced in 2017.
Steve spent most of his career working in food and hospitality, managing restaurants for multiple large chains across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, managing to make lifelong friends everywhere he went. He got to live his personal dream of owning his own restaurant, Café New Orleans in Fort Worth, Texas, and nothing made him happier than standing in the kitchen with his youngest son Nathan, excitedly inventing new flavors of beignets. Later in life, he would spend his time on the road, towing and delivering RVs across America. Steve enjoyed playing poker, racing remote control cars and boats, and would always cheer for the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. He adopted a rescue dog that he would affectionately name Anna Banana, and she went with him on all his road trips and kept him company up until his passing. Steve was an outgoing, kind, hard-working man with a million hobbies and a love for building things. He was incredibly supportive and maintained an admirable love for his sons throughout the entirety of his life.
He is preceded in death by father, Dean Ernest Toland; step-father, Jim Schrecengost, and daughter, Faith Toland.
Steve is survived by son, James Dean Toland and his husband, Keith Pepper II of Fort Worth, Texas, son, Nathan Toland and his girlfriend, Dani Madrinan of Arlington, Texas; mother, Diane Osterberger and her husband, Ron of Marble Falls, Texas; brother, Scott Toland of Ellensburg, Washington; sister, Sue Toland and her wife, Regina Runge of Sun City West, Arizona; foster-sister, Debbie Stovall of Dallas, Texas; former wife, Cindy Little of Arlington, Texas and former wife, Connie Fritzler of Arlington, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews that he always loved being Uncle Steve to; a great many extended family and dear friends, and pet Anna Banana.
Steve wished to be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 2200 U.S. 287 Frontage Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063 on Saturday, September 18 at 2 p.m. at the Church at Rush Creek - Mansfield West campus, with a private family gathering to follow.
His sons would like to thank all the friends and family who helped their father throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if you’d like to honor Steve you donate to a local animal shelter or the American Diabetes Association in his memory.