Jessie Lamar Stevens, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and son, died April 25, 2021 at his home in Spanish Fork, Utah. Jess was happiest surrounded by family chaos, and in his last days on Earth, he was visited by dozens of friends and family members, sharing their love and joyful memories of his cheerful disposition and wonderful sense of humor.
Jess was genuine and caring to friends and strangers alike, and he quickly learned the life story of everyone he met. An avid sportsman, he shared his love of the outdoors with anyone who would spend an afternoon fishing, hunting, shooting, or boating with him.
Jess was born July 26, 1951, the oldest of eleven children born to Clyde and Carolyn Stevens of Hinckley, Utah. All his life he revered his parents and aspired to be like them. As a young man, Jess served a full-time mission in England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he continued to serve faithfully in many callings in the Church throughout his life. He especially enjoyed his time in the singles branch. He loved working with youth and coaching baseball. His caring nature was reflected in his chosen occupation, helping families have a secure future.
In 1974, Jess was sealed in eternal marriage in the Manti Temple to Susan Benac from Lombard, Illinois. Jess was Sue’s best friend, lover, and cheerleader. He was fiercely loyal to his family and extended family. Jess and Sue were blessed with five children and fourteen grandchildren. Emily and Mike Anderson, Aly (and Seth Greenwood), Ashley, Bracken; Katie and Brian Peterson, Dane, Cole, Tessa, Brandt, and Tatum; Spencer and Stacie Stevens, Sadie, Hope, Lainey, Evelyn; Russell Stevens, Emma, Courtney; and Caleb Stevens.
Jess is survived by his father and siblings Ester, Sam, Robin, Carolann, Lesa, Randy, Pam, and Russ. He is reunited in death with his mother and sisters Kay, Rhonda, and Deanette. We are confident he was welcomed into heaven by his mother, sisters, and two beautiful granddaughters, Lainey and Tatum.
Viewings will be held Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 6-8 pm and Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 9:15-10:15 am at the Maple Highlands Chapel- 352 South Spanish Fork Parkway, Spanish Fork, Utah. The Funeral Service will also be held at the chapel at 10:30 am on Thursday. Interment will be held at the Payson City Cemetery.