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1965 – 2022

Steven Roy Bearnson died peacefully, aged 57, surrounded by loved ones at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. He passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022, after a valiant battle with COVID-19.

Steven was born in Bountiful, Utah on January 8, 1965 to James “Big Jim” and Rhea Bearnson. Steven, more affectionately known as “Bearnie”, was loved by all; known for his caring attitude, legendary bear hugs and infectious personality. From an early age, Steve had a passion for sports, which continued throughout his life.

He played baseball and football and was blessed to become an all-state athlete in football. Steve also put his love of sports on the sidelines, serving as the mascot for the Bountiful Braves in his senior year of high school. It was a job he took very seriously and was widely known to be the best at it.

Steven had five children whom he loved dearly and never failed to portray himself as their greatest cheerleader. He wanted to make his children understand that they were never a disadvantage for him. Steve would travel long distances to watch their games, pick them up when they were homesick, or just to be there when they needed to know they were loved.

He was always ready to drop everything to help his children. On numerous occasions, he drove trailers full of his children’s belongings to help them move around the country. He also found it of utmost importance to provide his children with memorable experiences. On several occasions, he spontaneously surprised his children with a trip to Disneyland.

Steven was the proud grandfather of four children, with another on the way. His eldest granddaughter, Oakley, decided to go by the nickname “Bearnie” in place of grandfather. His grandsons loved riding quad bikes to find reindeer, camping and going to the arcade with him. Bearnie will be remembered for his big heart and endless sense of adventure.

Steven was a life member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a full-time mission in Chicago, Illinois. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University, where he also earned his teaching degree. He was a jack-of-all-trades: entrepreneur, tradesman, home improvement expert, and high school accounting teacher, among many other skills. As a child, his mother remembers Steve as always taking things apart just to see how they worked and then putting them back together, mostly successfully.

Steven is survived by his daughter, Stefyn Bearnson Hall, Sean Hall (husband), Hendrix Hall (son), Tina Hemphill (mother); son, Kade Bearnson, Taylor Bearnson (wife), Oakley Bearnson (daughter), Riggins Bearnson (son), Indie Bearnson (daughter); sons, Collin Bearnson, Emily Bearnson (wife); daughter Brecken Keele, Gavin Keele (husband); daughter Sage Bearnson, Lisa Bearnson (mother); mother Rhea Bearnson; sister Gwen Davis, Steve David (husband); sister Sharon Mitchell, Dave Mitchell (husband); sister Kathy McNamara, Steve McNamara (husband); brother Mike Bearnson, Jenni Bearnson (wife); and an abundant loving extended family. He is pursued in death by his father, Jim Bearnson and his brother, Kevin Bearnson.

A visitation will be held Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Anderson & Son’s Lone Peak Funeral Chapel, 6141 W Timpanogos HWY, Highland, Utah 84003 from six to eight in the evening.

Funeral services will be Friday, February 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 49 East Centennial Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, Utah 84045.

Immediately following the service, a funeral dedication will be held at Highland City Cemetery, 6200 W 11000 N. Highland, Utah 84003.

Steven will be missed by many long-time friends, family, and all who were ever touched by his larger-than-life personality. Alongside his Savior Jesus Christ and his family, his true love rode his boat on Lake Powell surrounded by his loved ones. We know that’s how he would want to be remembered. Please share a memory on


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