Obituary: STEVENS, RONALD

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 5:15 p.m. MDT

Ronald R. Stevens 1929 ~ 2011

Ronald Reed Stevens died peacefully at home on August 14, 2011 following various health problems. He was 82 years of age. Ron was born in Evanston, Wyoming on January 4, 1929, the son of Leland H. Stevens and Myrtle Tuttle. He was the seventh of nine children in a very athletic family. He loved sports and was an outstanding athlete. Ron graduated from Evanston High School and the University of Utah. He married Janice Ruth Romney on February 21, 1963 in the Logan Temple, and they raised two children. Ron worked as a school teacher and coach, and he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer. He was an active Latter-day Saint and enjoyed working in the Salt Lake Temple. Ron was an avid sports fan, both as a participant and spectator, especially of college sports and his alma mater, the University of Utah. He deeply loved his family and friends and was a great conversationalist. He was a kind, sweet man with a big heart. His typical farewell remark was, "Give everyone my best." We will miss him. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Marg, Esther (McGarry), Bill, Dick, Tally and Howard. He is survived by his twin brother, Donald L. Stevens, and younger sister, Carma S. Pedersen, his wife, Janice and two children, Ronald Jay Stevens (Danae) of Layton; and Ruth Ann Allen (Jason) of Salt Lake City. His grandchildren, Taylor Jay "TJ" Stevens, Calvin and Anna Escobedo, and Roxy Allen, brought him great joy. Services in celebration of Ron's life will take place on Thursday, August 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the Cottonwood Heights First Ward, 7075 South 2250 East in Cottonwood Heights. Viewings will be held from 9:30 -10:45 a.m. that morning and also on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary at 3401 Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund.