9/12/1928 - 10/12/2014
Elvin (Bud) Featherstone, age 86, our much loved husband,
father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away peacefully
on October 12, 2014 in his home in American Fork, Utah surrounded
by those he cared for deeply.
Stephen was born September 12, 1928 in Salt Lake City,
Utah to Emma Marie Johnson Featherstone and Stephen Elvin
Featherstone, Sr.; the oldest of eight children. He graduated
from South High School in 1947, went to Utah State University
with a football scholarship, continued to play for the University
of Utah, attended the Army Command and General Staff College
at Fort Leavenworth as a student and faculty staff and then
received his degree in business from the University of Nebraska
at Omaha in 1969.
He married his sweetheart, Eva Louise Romney in the Utah
Logan Temple on August 5, 1949 and together they raised
three sons that he loved dearly.
Stephen joined the Army in 1955 where he received numerous
medals and awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross,
the Legion of Merit and three Bronze Stars. He served in
Korea and two tours in Vietnam where he commanded the 158th
Combat Assault Helicopter Battalion, of the 101st Airborne
Division. He retired in 1975 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Master
Army Aviator, an Airborne Jump Master and an Army Ranger.
He was the Executive Vice President of the Utah Home Builders
Association in the Greater Salt Lake Region and then became
an Independent Business Consultant until his retirement.
Stephen loved the gospel and was a faithful servant in
many LDS church callings and positions. In January 1995
he was called to be a Sealer in the Utah Salt Lake Temple
and then as Second Counselor in the Presidency of the Utah
Mount Timpanogos Temple in 2003. He was blessed upon his
release from the temple presidency to continue to serve
as a Sealer for the Utah Mount Timpanogos Temple for several
He cherished his retirement years spending time with his
family and at his cabin. He enjoyed playing golf, cheering
for BYU football, serving others and writing. Above all
the great things he accomplished in his life, Steve’s
greatest joy came from being a devoted husband, father and
being called grandpa.
Stephen is survived by his eternal companion, Eva Lou,
his children: Stephen Romney Featherstone (Susan), Darin
Romney Featherstone (Kymberley), 15 grandchildren, 22 great
grandchildren and his siblings: Vaughn J. Featherstone,
Jim D. Featherstone, Kenneth A. Featherstone, Rita Ann Featherstone
Barrette, Nadine M. Featherstone Holt and Ernest L. Featherstone.
His son, Kevin Romney Featherstone, his brother Ronald J.
Featherstone and his parents preceded him in his death.
We would like to thank Hearts for Hospice and Home Health,
for all the staff that gave such special care to Stephen
and special thank you to his nurse, Jennifer.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday,
October 18th at the Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Stake Chapel,
850 North 900 East, American Fork with the viewing from
10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. There will also be
a viewing Friday, October 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Warenski
Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork. Interment
will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland
Drive, Salt Lake City.
In lieu of flowers, Stephen asked to please make a donation
to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General
Mission Fund or Humanitarian Fund. Thank you.
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