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.
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.