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Obituary: Stephen “Steve” Arthur Killingsworth – Track & Field 1968-72 & Faculty – Nov. 22, 2020

September 13, 1950 – November 22, 2020


September 13, 1950 – November 22

A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 11:00 am at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette for Stephen Arthur Killingsworth, 70, who passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at his residence in Lafayette. 

Visitation will be at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home from 9:00 am until the time of service.

Inurnment will follow at a later date in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.

Chaplain Twanda Amos, of Hospice of Acadiana in Lafayette, will officiate. Stories of remembrance will be shared by Stephen Killingsworth, Jr., Miles Matt and Claude Revels. Vocal selections will be sung by Mary Barron, accompanied on the piano by Colin Smith. 

Stephen Arthur Killingsworth, known as “Steve”, was born on September 13, 1950, in Clarksville, AR and was a long-time resident of Lafayette. Steve graduated from Baker High School, Baker, LA, Class of 1968, and graduated from USL, now UL-Lafayette, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a master’s degree in 1974, both in mechanical engineering. 

While at USL, Steve was a member of the 1968-1972 university track team, excelled in the men’s 4×400-meter relay and men’s mile relay and was named to the Ragin’ Cajuns All-Americans team in the men’s mile relay. To date, he still shares a special bond with members of the 1968 to 1972 track team. 

For almost twenty-five years, Steve was an assistant professor in the engineering department at USL and also served for ten years as the director of the Louisiana Productivity Center associated with the university. Although described as very hard and demanding by his students, many have reached out to say his teaching style provided clarity and discipline which followed them throughout their careers. 

A talented mechanical engineer, Steve was also a registered professional engineer in the state of Louisiana. He was owner and president of Design Analyst: Engineers & Consultants, Inc. in Lafayette which provided mechanical, structural and forensic services and which he founded in 1977 until his retirement in 2017. 

Steve was also a founding member of Faith Community United Methodist Church in Broussard, LA. Active both professionally and civically, he belonged to various engineering clubs and organizations. Never one to meet a stranger, he loved to spend time with family and friends, was always quick to brag on his son, Stephen and was so thankful to have had time to spend with his granddaughter, Eloise. 

Steve is survived by his son, Stephen Arthur Killingsworth, Jr. and his wife Samantha, of Baton Rouge; his sister, Peggy Dill and her husband Larry, of Austin, TX; three nieces and two nephews, Lauren, Caroline, Ashley, Christopher and Taylor Dill; his granddaughter, Eloise Killingsworth; his former wife and the mother of his child, Catherine Burleigh Killingsworth of Lafayette, as well as numerous dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Drucilla “Sally” Rogers Killingsworth.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staffs at Hospice of Acadiana, Senior Helpers, Grace Home Health and Lafayette General Medical Center for the compassionate care given to Steve and his family during this difficult time. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Steve’s name to Hospice of Acadiana by mail at 2600 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503, by phone at 337-232-1234 or online at www.hospiceacadiana.com.

Online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com. 

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1010 Pandora Street, 337-981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.

Athletic Network Footnote by Dr. Ed Dugas.
Thanks to Claude Revels, teammate, roommate, and life-long friend for early notification of Steve’s health and passing. Kathy, wife, kept Claude informed through Steve’s challenges.

Click here for the 1972 Track & Field photo gallery, then click the photo of Steve and his teammates to enlarge the photo.

Click here for the On-the-Field recognitions of the 2019 Track & Field Reunion. Steve is in several of the photos. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge.

Click here for the Recognition Social of the 2012 Track & Field Reunion at the Petroleum Club.

Information below about Steve’s UL employment provided by Charlene Hamilton, Director of UL Human Resources Office.

August 22, 1977;              Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering.
January 31, 1987,             Assistant Professor in the USL Productivity Center
August 19, 1988,              Assistant Professor and Director in the USL Productivity Center
April 21, 1994,                   Coordinator in the Productivity Center
December 31, 1997,        Retired