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Steven Stringham Davis

June 25, 1928 — July 17, 2023

Bountiful, UT

On July 17, 2023, the charitable spirit of Steven Stringham Davis left this mortal existence of 95 years and entered the Spirit world into the loving arms of his Heavenly Parents and Savior, his eternal sweetheart Rita, his dear mother Chloe and beloved father Murray, his dear son Bruce, his infant granddaughter Dayna, much loved brothers and sisters, and dear friends whom have passed before him. He will be greatly missed but we rejoice in his valiant and courageous completion of his journey on earth.

Steve was born on June 25, 1928, in Bountiful, Utah, to Daniel Murray and Chloe Stringham Davis. Youngest brother of Murray, Kelly (Faynita), Chloe (George), Ross (Mary), Dorene (Sam), and Dent (Doris), who gave him a most loved family life. Due to the worry and strain of the danger that her three older sons were placed as soldiers of WWII, Steve's mother Chloe died early in Steve's life, a grief he could never reconcile. He is the last to pass on of this wonderful family which has been preparing for the great day when they could be reunited.

Steve grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and enjoyed all that comes with the experiences of small town living with cousins and family love in abundance. He attended Stoker Grade School, South Davis Junior High School, and Davis High School.  After High School, he was employed at Hill Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic working on the B-17's Flying Fortress, B-29's Superfortress, B-26 Douglas Havoc and the F-84 Thunder jets.

Steve had a talent for understanding mechanical machines and systems. He enrolled at the University of Utah School of Mechanical Engineering where he was student chairman of ASME, received the J. Bean Engineering Scholarship, appointed reader for Dr. Mervin Hogan (head of the M.E. Department) and completed a summer project under Professor Olson.

Early in his college study of engineering, he found his greatest miracle that blessed his life. He met Rita Tomlin on a blind date. This date turned into a lifetime romance and they were married on June 1, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they sacrificed and toiled to improve his knowledge and eventually graduate. At times he worked three jobs trying to make ends meet while Rita modestly cared for their little family with dignity and love.

Their union was blessed with seven children: Bryant (Sue), Boyd (Julie), Brent, Bruce, Dan, Stephanie (Craig) and Jennifer (David), 25 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren and expecting his great-great-grandchild. 'It's a boy!'
After Graduation in 1952 with a BSME, he accepted an offer from EIMCO from CEO Joseph Rosenblatt as a design engineer. He gained positions of Assistant Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering, and Director of R&D. He received over 50 US patents, developing new equipment for the mining and chemical industries and traveled the world.  He loved his work which led to a new proprietary molding process and the creation of the EnviroTech Division of EIMCO.

Thanks to his kind heart and his ever-supportive sweetheart Rita, Steve served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Scouting/Young Men, Stake Seventy President, Stake Mission Presidency, High Council, Bishop (Bountiful 2nd Ward), Stake President (Bountiful Central Stake), and Bountiful Temple worker. Steven held a sacred higher calling, a personal calling, a fruition of his covenants made to His Father in Heaven. Steven in his mortal journey always sought out and found the one "to succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.” He took this calling very seriously, and carried to his last breath. He had become a tender minister of the soul, the truest friend and cheerleader of those trying to take one step at a time in the arduous journey of life. His heart was so anchored and committed to his stewardships here that although joining Rita was his greatest desire, his heart struggled to let go. The world has truly lost a light with his passing.

Steven and Rita moved to Farmington in 1979 and enjoyed many years amongst the wonderful people and beauty of the foothills there. Their beautiful English tudor home on Cobblecreek with it's gardens and creek became a haven on earth. He treated his sweetheart as a queen and together, with their love for each other, enjoyed all the good things life has to offer. That home became a sweet place of respite and healing for those who came there. Their children and grandchildren cherished their time there with them, holiday parties, hikes on the mountain from the backyard, playing in the creek, sleigh riding, hot tubing, BBQing and swinging in hammocks. It became the sanctuary where he cared for Rita through her chronic illness. They had made a heaven on earth that sustained them through many trials.  
A special thanks to the many wonderful staff members where he has resided and to the incredible Hospice providers that have assisted him. They provided wonderful care, love and support to Steven, and he provided many laughs, tender moments and much love to them with bear growls and "Happy Feet"! His ability to draw people in stayed with him to the very end.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Russon Farmington Mortuary, 1941 North Main, Farmington, Utah. A Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Farmington Cemetery, 200 East 500 South, Farmington, Utah.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

Russon Mortuary & Crematory - Farmington

1941 N. Main St., Farmington, UT 84025

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

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