R Steve Creamer, 72, of Salt Lake City, passed away on January 13, 2024, from complications in surgery while removing a brain tumor. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Steve was born August 11, 1951, to Richard and Ruth Anderton Creamer in Richfield, Utah. He grew up in Monroe, Utah, where he had many happy childhood memories. He enjoyed playing and exploring in his rural farm community and riding on his Trail 90 motorcycle on the mountain he loved.
Steve was born a builder and entrepreneur. When he was 12 years old, his parents dropped him off on top of Monroe Mountain where he plowed fields for two summers in exchange for the land where he later built his first small cinder block cabin.
Steve graduated from South Sevier High. After high school, he attended Southern Utah State College. While attending college, he met and married Janet Tullis. After Janet graduated, they moved to Logan, Utah, where Steve was able to finish his engineering degree at Utah State University in one year. They then made their home in St. George, Utah, where they had four children – Ryan, Tyson, Crystal and Angie. They later divorced.
After working for the Department of Environmental Quality and a consulting engineering firm, he started his entrepreneurial journey. In 1976, he founded Creamer and Noble Engineering with $2000 in his pocket, a transit and pickup truck, not knowing he could fail. He later went on to build five other national and global companies: ECDC Environmental, ISG Resources, EnergySolutions, sPower and INCOA Performance Minerals.
While most will remember Steve as the hardest working individual they ever knew, they would also say he was one of the most caring. Steve would never ask anyone to do a job he wasn’t willing to do himself. He loved digging in the dirt as much as discussing strategy in the board room. Steve’s generosity knew no bounds; it was paramount to his character as he continuously gave to those in need. He was quick to forgive and move on without looking back.
Steve’s father, who served in the navy during World War II, instilled a sense of patriotism into his son. He recognized the great blessing of being born in a land of freedom and liberty. He believed in the American dream and was able to realize his dream. Steve took his civic duties seriously and loved his country. Steve served as state and national delegate. He enjoyed working with law makers at the state legislature and U.S. congress. There was always a tear in his eye when singing or listening to the Star-Spangled Banner. He instilled his love and passion for his country into his children and grandchildren.
Steve traveled the world many times over, but he always came home to Utah where he found joy in creating experiences for his family and friends. He loved early morning glass on Lake Powell, the fall leaves and hunting on Monroe Mountain, biking over Big Mountain, hiking the Wasatch Range, cheering on the Utah Jazz and college sports teams and skiing the slopes on cold winter days. He truly cherished his time sharing these experiences with those who called him Dad and Grandpa.
Steve had a great smile, a glimmer in his eye, and an infectious laugh. He will be greatly missed by the many individuals he impacted throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannine Bennett; his children, Ryan (Diane) Creamer, Tyson (Danielle) Creamer, Crystal (Ernie) Burt, Angie (Niels) Melville; 12 grandchildren (Kate, Quinn, Maddie, Mallory, Cade, Hayden, London, Jake, Millie, Kennedy, Andrew, AJ) and brother Matthew (Pam) Creamer.
The family would like to express appreciation and gratitude to the individuals who cared and assisted Steve through his health challenges over the last several months. As Steve would say, “Thanks a million!”
Private family services will be held at Magleby Mortuary in Richfield, Utah. Please join the family for graveside services on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 12:30 p.m., at the Monroe City Cemetery, 660 North Washburnville Road, Monroe Utah. Funeral Directors: Russon Mortuary and Magleby Mortuary.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page.