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Stephen Boyd Miner of Orangeville, Utah returned home to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on October 6th, 2022. Steve is a beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend, and we are all better because of him. He married Laurel Marie Miner (Schauerhamer) on July 21, 1973, and they were sealed for time and all eternity on July 21, 1979, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They are multi-stake dance sweethearts and each other’s “spice of life!” Steve and Laurel have seven children and twenty-three grandchildren. Each of Steve’s children and grandchildren love him immensely and have a special relationship with him.
Steve was born in Antigo, Wisconsin on July 21, 1954, to Boyd and Maxine Miner. He was the second oldest of eight children; he was the only son. As a boy he loved scouting and was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He also loved riding his horse named Prince. Steve grew up in Provo, Utah and graduated from Provo High School. Steve joined the Army at Ft. Carson, Colorado from 1975-1979 serving in the “Steadfast and Loyal” 4th Infantry Division. In 1980, the family moved to Emery County where he became a coal miner to support his growing family. Steve worked the longwall and was a sheer operator working in Des-Bee-Dove, Wilberg, Cottonwood, Trail Mountain and Deer Creek mines and was known by his co-workers as “Miney”. Steve retired from the mine in 2003. While working, he also earned an associate’s degree in business.
Steve had the most incredible and admirable work ethic. He was a jack of all trades, inventive, ingenious, and could fix anything. We all have fond memories of holding the flashlight for dad while he fixed countless vehicles over the years. He would say, “If someone else can build it, I can fix it.” One of our favorite “jimmy rigs” of his was hot showers off the back of the boat using a garden hose and lake water that was heated by the boat engine.
Steve loved his family with every fiber of his being. He worked hard to support them and loved spending time with them. Steve’s favorite family activities were riding dirt bikes, boating, skiing, camping, fishing, and hunting. Oh, the stories we have! As their kids grew up, Steve and Laurel had the opportunity to explore new hobbies and activities together. They studied the scriptures together, worked together on emergency preparedness, gardening, and getting wood and gathering coal for the winter. For fun they enjoyed golfing at Mill Site and road trips to visit their children and grandchildren in different states. Steve could do anything he put his mind to. He discovered a love for archery, enjoyed setting up and shooting targets, and loved driving golf balls in the backyard.
Steve had a passion for classic rock. He was always listening to Rock 103 and would call the radio station to request deep tracks. His favorite bands were Pink Floyd, the Eagles, and Great White. Steve and his sons would attend as many rock concerts as they could. Music soothed his soul. He had a great sense of humor. He loved telling and hearing jokes. He was witty and full of puns. He got a kick out of pulling practical jokes on us all. His love for music and witty jokes were such a part of his endearing personality and we will all miss that so much.
Steve and Laurel served eleven wonderful years as temple ordinance workers in the Manti Utah Temple. Dad took pride in everything he would do. He memorized his parts for the live temple ordinances and knew the meaning and importance each part held. Steve has a superb and unwavering testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. He exemplified the Savior by showing love, patience, selflessness, discipline, and service. There is no way to adequately describe the heartache we feel with him gone. We are so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal families.
Steve is preceded in death by his father and mother, Boyd and Maxine Miner. He is survived by his wife, Laurel Miner and their seven children: Jeff (Shelley) Miner, Stephanie (Bill) Bundrock, Dustin (Heidi) Miner, Danette Miner, Sharden (Vandi) Miner, Shalantie (JJ) Robertson, Reuben (Jeanette) Miner; and 23 grandchildren: Stephen (Brittany) Miner, Hayden Miner, Branson Bundrock, Maegan Bundrock, Britton Bundrock, Emma Bundrock, Cambry Bundrock, Melilli Slusher, Shalantie Slusher, Ambrea Slusher, Ammon Slusher, Braylen Miner, Corben Miner, Taven Miner, Railee Miner, Finley Miner, Malek Miner, Olivia Robertson, Beckham Robertson, Jack Robertson, Patience Miner, Oakley Miner, and Penelope Miner. Steve is also survived by his sisters, Lynette (Mike) Robertson, Vickie (Ken) Khuni, Deniece (Ron) Tracey, JoAnne Colaizzi, Meredith Harris, Sharlene (Bob) Coleman, and Rachel (Jason) Hone.
Funeral Services for Steve will be held on October 11, 2022 at 1pm at the Orangeville LDS Church 45 West 100 South, Orangeville, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the Funeral from 10:30 am-12:30 pm at the same location. Live-streaming will be available on Heritage Funeral Home Facebook page. Interment will follow at Orangeville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations for funeral services can be donated on Venmo to - @stephanie-bundrock
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and share memories of Steve at www.heritagefuneralhomeutah.com.