A local marine, who was known by many for his love of music, died last week in Thailand while serving on tour with the Third Marine Expeditionary Force Band.

A local marine, who was known by many for his love of music, died last week in Thailand while serving on tour with the Third Marine Expeditionary Force Band.


Lance Corporal Steven M. West, 20, of Wilmington, died in a Bangkok hospital on July 2.


“Steven is one of the most talented musicians I have ever known,” said his father, David West, in a statement Monday about his son, who played bass in the band. “The U.S. Marine Corp provided Steven with an opportunity to complete his life performing music, which is what he loved the most and was his passion in life.”


Steven made a great impact on and inspired many musicians, including his own father, said David.


While it has been determined West did not die in combat, his cause of death remains unknown to his family.


“We trust that the Marine Corp will do their best to provide information to us as they complete their work,” David said.


David said his son sounded pleasant and upbeat in their most recent conversations.


“He told me directly he was focusing on music and God,” read David’s statement, adding that Steven loved the Marine Corps.


West is survived by his mother, Jaqueline Rooney, and his stepfather Dennis Rooney, both of Wilmington; his father David West and his stepmother Rose of Nashua.


The family is holding a wake at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., on Wednesday, July 9, from 4-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in Woburn.