1948 ~ 2018
John Stark, age 69, of Cedar Hills Utah, passed away from
a sudden heart attack on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. He
was born on March 18, 1948 to Henry John Stark and Bertha
Mae Rasmussen Stark in Rupert, Idaho. He attended local
schools around Minidoka County, graduating from Raft River
High School in Malta, Idaho. He attended Idaho State University
and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973 with
a degree in Computer Science. In 1983 he earned an MBA from
the University of Phoenix. He worked at Beehive, Radix,
KALL Radio and Eaton-Kenway Companies in the Salt Lake area,
then 6 years at Rapistan DeMag in Grand Rapids, Michigan;
all in the Automated Material Handling Industry as a Computer
Software Engineer. Returning to the Salt Lake area, he worked
for Applied Materials and Software Technology Group as a
Research and Development Specialist, and ended his career
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He was a loving husband to Lorrie Lou Nelson whom he married
in the Idaho Falls Temple on July 12, 1968. They loved to
travel and had many opportunities to do so on job sites
and with family vacations. He raised 6 wonderful children
in West Valley City, Utah. Steven was a man of few words,
but showed great love for his children, grandchildren and
many others. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving faithfully in many
capacities. He really enjoyed being a “Cub Scouter,”
a Ward Clerk, Primary Teacher and High Priest Group Leader.
He had a strong testimony of the Gospel and loved people,
was always willing to serve anyone at anytime. He loved
drawing, oil painting and playing his Ukulele. He enjoyed
retirement, while serving at the Mount Timpanogos Temple
and at the Charleston Assisted Living Center in Cedar Hills,
Utah, doing genealogy and spending time with family. Steven
will be greatly missed for his quick wit and family jokes.
Steven is survived by his wife, Lorrie Lou Stark, sons
Carl Kenneth (Erica); Monte Nelson (Catherine); Neils Peter
(Jen); Richard Hartman (Kristina); daughters Lorretta Janette
Stark and Stephanie Joy (Lars) Barlow and 17 grandchildren.
Siblings Roxanne Gale; Fred Stark; Barbara (Tom) VanDeren;
Rosemary (Melvin) Barfuss; Bill (Linda) Stark and Joe (Patty)
Stark. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother
Richard Hartman Stark and a nephew, Ryan Barfuss.
A viewing will be held in his honor on Thursday, February
15, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Cedar Hills 10th LDS
Ward Chapel, 9737 Chesterfield Drive in Cedar Hills, Utah
84062. Funeral services will follow at 11 am. An additional
viewing will be held later that evening from 6:00 to 8:00
pm at the same location. Interment will be at the Rupert
Idaho Cemetery, with a graveside service at 1 pm on Friday,
February 16, 2018.
The Family would like to express special thanks to the
cardiology doctors and nursing staff at Utah Valley Hospital
for their valiant efforts in serving Steven.