All of us, from all over the world, have been privileged to share Steph's journey through life.  He loved his family and friends devotedly and would have wanted us to celebrate his life and carry on with the journey.  It begins now with the sharing of special memories and photos.  Steph had a joyful and adventurous life.  He genuinely cared for all of us and always made sure to know everything about us. He was a rock of strength for his family. During his life, Steph touched all our lives in some way.  Please help carry his legacy forward and post any photos or stories you would like to share.

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In lieu of flowers/gifts, we ask you to give to the boys education fund at  If you get an error message, clear your browser history and try again.  The site is a bit glitchy if you been to the page and try to go back into it.

Or you can make a donation check payable to Fidelity Investments and mail to:
Fidelity Investments 
P.O. BOX 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0015

It is important that you include the Fidelity 529 account number and place it in the memo link of the check, the account number is #617923362, Johannes Els account but the funds will go to both boys for their college education. Individual checks must not exceed $2,500.

If you would like to deliver a meal for Jocelyn and boys, please go to this link

Posted by Derik Reynecke on April 11, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jocelyn and the boys, to Steph’s mom, his siblings, extended family and all his friends. 

Steph, my friend, the tears are rolling down my cheeks tonight. Since we've met, for almost 14 years every Thursday night, you were there for a beer, a chat, a joke. You were there for advice, a ear to listen, a rock to lean against. You're priorities were always right/straight, your intent always true & genuine. I could not have asked for a better friend. So much zest for live, adventure, the outdoors and love for your family - something I'll always admire.  Thank you for your friendship, I'm going to miss you every day my friend, and even more so on Thursday nights.

Steph, ou maat,  die trane rol oor my wange vanaand. Vir amper 14 jaar, elke Donderdag aand, was jy daar vir ‘n bier, ‘n praatjie, ‘n grappie. Jy was daar vir advies, ‘n oor om te luister, ‘n steunpilaar.  Jou prioriteite was altyd reg, jou bedoeling altyd opreg. Kon nie vir ‘n beter pel gevra het nie. Soveel lus vir die lewe, avontuur, buitelig en liefde vir jou familie.  Dankie vir jou vriendskap, ons gaan jou mis ou maat, elke dag,... veral elke Donderdag aand.
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Posted by Betty Desmond on April 28, 2016
Dearest Jocelyn, we hold our memories of times together close to our hearts. Your Steph was a joy to our family and he wil be sorely missed. May God keep you & your boys safe and loving as you learn to continue on as Steph would want. We'll be in touch very soon. Love you lots.
Posted by Denise Schliesmann on April 27, 2016
Jocelyn, you and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. The memorial service was such a loving tribute to Stephan. He was taken way too soon, but I was blown away how fully he lived his life with the years he had. I left Atlanta more comforted after seeing the wonderful support you have there. You and the boys are dearly loved by me and so many others. I may not be close in proximity, but I will be there for you and the boys in anyway I can. I saw so much of Stephan in the boys this weekend and I know he will live in spirit through them. xoxo my sweetheart.
Posted by Mandana Dobesh on April 25, 2016
With my most heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Els and Desmond families, on such a devastating loss. There was no one like Stephan. He had such a kind and warm inner glow, that will stay forever with everyone who ever knew him. He will be sorely missed but his memory will live on.......
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till next time......

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Shared by Rob Duijndam on May 19, 2020
Just found your swinging bench at Murphey Candler Park.... I had a wonderful sunset view with my daughter from it.....thanks Boet!

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Shared by Todd Dean on April 25, 2016

A few years back Stephan began to participate in our inter-office college football gameday contest – a college football pick-em contest, strictly for fun, that we do every fall.

Stephan professed to know nothing about football, being from South Africa, and assured us he would be as bad at the picks as all of the rest of us.

He’s won the contest 3 out of the last 4 years and steadfastly refused to tell us his formula for picking the games.

He came in 2nd the one year he didn't win.