Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago
In the early morning hours of December 15th, 2006, Stephen B. Ellis quietly stepped from this life into the next. Stephen was two months shy of his 91st birthday. On the morning of Saturday, 9 December, while preparing to visit his wife (Hazel) in the hospital, he fell striking his head. By the early evening hours the symptoms of a stroke had taken effect.
Stephen Briggs Ellis was born February 17, 1916, in Oakley, Cassia County, Idaho, to the parents of Stephen Hales Ellis and Rachel Ann Briggs. He was the 8th of 10 children, the only son. He grew up on a farm in the View area of Cassia County and assumed the role of "Man of the House" at the early age of eight, when his father was killed in a work accident. His mother then moved the family to Logan, Utah.
He graduated from Logan High School, and from Utah State Agricultural College, in 1939, with a degree in Forestry and Range Management. His mother, Rachel Ann, encouraged him to go to college by telling him, "they can't take away what you put upstairs in your head." Stephen was an Eagle Scout.
He married Hazel Taylor, of El Paso, Texas, February 5th, 1942, in the Logan Temple. He was a
member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who expressed his testimony in these simple words, "The Gospel rings true."
Stephen served in the US Army Air Corp as a B-24 Liberator, B-25, and C-47 pilot. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
His occupations included, range examiner (Utah), border patrol agent (Texas), bomber pilot (WWII, Pacific, B-24 Liberator), farmer (Springdale, Idaho), sheep rancher, cattle rancher, and contractor (Utah). He was selected as the AGC SubContractor of the year in 1983.
His passions? His wife Hazel! Then his children. Followed by ice cream with peaches, oat meal cookies, dry roasted nuts, Hershey chocolate, soaking in natural hot springs, riding horses, swimming, ice skating, shooting, flying his airplane, and riding his mule in the Sesquicentennials Wagon Train.
What will we remember him for? His devotion to his wife in her declining years, setting aside all his other passions to be with and care for her needs. His long suffering. His kindness. His ability (and patience) to take young people and teach them how to work by working right along side them. His generosity and concern for the welfare of others. His looking beyond the outward appearance and seeing with his heart. His quiet demeanor. His lack of desire for public recognition and fanfare. His practical "live within your means" and "I have sufficient for my needs" philosophy of life.
Stephen as the epitome of a "son and brother" as he watched over his widowed mother and his nine sisters. We envision the long awaited reunion with his earthly father of entailing and extended bear-hug with the words, "WELL DONE, SON!"
He is survived by his wife Hazel Taylor and his seven children: Stephen T. (Sandy) Ellis, Manti, Utah; Stanley G. (Kathryn) Ellis, Houston, Texas; Jess T. (Marlene) Ellis, Anchorage, Alaska; Charles T. Ellis, Anchorage, Alaska; Kelly T. (Rebecca) Ellis, Provo, Utah; David T. (Cheryl) Ellis, Vernal, Utah; Hazel Ann (Steve) Kelshaw, Provo, Utah. Steve and Hazel have 42 grandchildren; and 50 great-grand children with four more soon to arrive.
Funeral Services held Wednesday, December 20th, 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Hills 2nd Ward, (Stake Center) 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Walker Mortuary, 85 East 300 South, Provo, and Wednesday morning at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment will be at the View Cemetery, 600 South 750 East, View, Idaho, Thursday, 21 December, at 1:00 pm. with military rites.