Stephen James Alstrin, 49, of Houston (formerly of Midland), peacefully passed away Monday, November 23, 2009. He was born in Midland, Texas on September 29, 1960 to Beverly and Giffert Alstrin. Stephen earned a B.S. in Computer Science from UTPB. Stephen was a software architect for NetIQ, Houston, Texas, where he developed security software. He enjoyed the challenge of solving a problem, which began with his early interest in mathematics. Stephen loved computer programming, gaming, cooking, and building Estes rockets. Stephen had such a quick wit; he loved to make people laugh. He adored his niece, Morgan and nephews, Chandler and Sam. He loved to buy them toys that he too could play with, including remote control cars, airplanes and helicopters. He knew how much Morgan loved horses and he would buy her Breyer horses every chance he could. Building and launching Estes rockets were a hobby he enjoyed throughout his life and shared with Chandler, Morgan and Sam. He loved taking Chandler and Sam fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Stephen cared deeply about his friends and family. He was always ready to help out when someone was in need. All who knew Stephen will miss his gentle, patient, loving and kind spirit. Stephen was preceded in death by his father, F. Giffert Alstrin; his brother, Michael David Alstrin; grandparents, Gertrude and Edwin Alstrin; John and Margurite Lokey and his uncle, James Lokey. He is survived by his mother, Beverly Alstrin; sister, Debbie Pruett and husband Steve Pruett; niece and nephews, Morgan and Sam Pruett, Chandler Alstrin and Travis Bauman; fiance, Ratna Ng; aunt and uncle, Susan and Ron Britton; and sister-in-law, Jan Bauman and husband Chuck, and cousins and their families. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Friday, November 27, 2009 at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church with Father James Liggett officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 4000 W. Loop 250 North, Midland, Texas, 79707 or the American Cancer Society, 2304 W. Wadley, Midland, Texas 79705.