Steven Mont Court September 22, 1969 - July 17, 2021

Steven Mont Court

Our beloved Steven Mont Court departed this life on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at the age of 51. Steven was born in Payson, Utah on September 22nd, 1969 to his loving parents, Mont and Shirley Court. The oldest of six children, he grew up alongside his siblings Suzette, Ryan, Lauralei , Kristopher, and Julie. Steven graduated from Payson High School in 1987. He is survived by his former wife and the mother of his children, Jill (Willden), and his children: Dizney, Payton, Mckayla, and Colton.

He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an expert marksman and for many years held the record score for M16 marksmanship, an accomplishment for which he was justly proud. His time in the military instilled in him a profound sense of justice, of honor, and of intense commitment. These values became a hallmark of his personality to all those who knew him.

Steven was an outdoor enthusiast, devoted to mountain living, a passion which he expressed through his lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. In his youth he earned his Eagle Scout award and this achievement served as a defining moment in his life. As an adult he relished the opportunity to instill this passion into the younger generation by serving as a Scoutmaster for many years. Teaching his sons and other young men about surviving in the outdoors, kindness, hard work, and civic responsibility always brought him joy.

An excellent cook, Steven frequently expressed his love for family, friends, and other members of his community through the food he prepared. His breakfasts, dutch oven meals, and, of course, barbecue were staples of family and community functions, a true expression of his generous, selfless nature. Steven’s joy in life was often expressed through dance, and he constantly found a rhythm that felt right for him. He was an animated, comedic man with an infectious laugh, and he was a constant source of joy and laughter to all of those around him. His playful irreverence and boisterous nature never failed to light up a room and lift our spirits. He was likewise an avid storyteller, and frequently shared anecdotes about his youth, his time as a boy scout and scoutmaster, and his military service. These stories were a constant source of delight for all of us.

Steven’s life was in many ways defined by the hard work he put into providing for his family and friends. He was exceptionally industrious, and constantly gave his labor to the people around him. His endeavors marked him as an intelligent and creative man whose life was spent in the service of others. Always ready for unfortunate circumstances, Steven worked to instill a sense of preparedness in his children, while always trusting them to learn from their mistakes and grow as a result. His trademark humor is reflected in a saying he frequently shared with his children: “If you’re going to be stupid, be smart about it.”

Steven will be sorely missed, and his strength, humor, kindness, knowledge, loyalty, and the constant service that he provided to his family, friends, and community will be forever remembered. In all things, he was a beautiful and vivacious man, with a passion for life that few can equal. We will all miss him very much. Though he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

A viewing will be held Monday, July 26, 2021 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Mountain Shadows Seventh Ward Chapel, 7925 South 2700 West, West Jordan, Utah. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 am at the church. Burial will be held at Salem City Cemetery, 965 South 140 East, Salem, Utah at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, you can help the family here:https://gofund.me/62b57f05

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Viewing

Monday, July 26, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Mountain Shadows LDS 7th Ward Church
7925 South 2700 West
West Jordan, Utah  84088
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Funeral Service

Monday, July 26, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Mountain Shadows LDS 7th Ward Chapel
7925 South 2700 West
West Jordan, Utah  84088
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Interment

Monday, July 26, 2021
1:30 p.m.
Salem City Cemetery
965 South 140 East
Salem, Utah  84653
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Luncheon

Luncheon Provided by Payson West 10th Ward of Payson West Stake
2:30pm
780 W 500 S, Payson, UT 84651

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    Tyler Weight says

    Steve will be missed by a lot of people. He was influential in helping me through my youth as my scoutmaster. It was because of one sentence he uttered to me at a neighborhood bbq one year that finally pushed me into completing my paperwork for my Eagle Scout award. Because of this, I was honored to ask him to present me with my Eagle Scout award.

    I may not be able to speak for all the young men he touched, but for me, the lessons he helped engrained into my life: a sense of justice, a sense of passion, but maybe more importantly, a sense of compassion, have helped shape the person I’ve become 20+ years later.

    Of all the things I will remember about Steve, is something he said to me while awarding me my Eagle Scout. During his time as my Scoutmaster, and going to enjoy the great outdoors in many places, we always played a game at night where us as scouts had to get from point a to point b without being caught by the scoutmasters acting as sentries somewhere inbetween those points. In all the games I played, I never made it to point b, but with many funny moments between the two of us as he “caught” me. However, at that award ceremony, of all the things said, was this: “Although [I] never made it to the end, he’d never quit trying to get there until the game was called.” That line made me more proud that night than anything said.

    Steve, you will be missed by many. May your memory be carried throughout the years by the many people you touched in this life.

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    Craig and Alison Spencer says

    Suzette and family,
    We send our deepest sympathy at this time. I hope you may feel some peace at this difficult time. Thinking about you. Much love.

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    Matt Ash says

    Steven and I met in high school playing basket ball at the Orem Recreation Center. We became best friends super fast. We joined the Marine Corps together on the buddy program which meant that we could not be separated during boot camp. We were in platoon 1050. We had to write our addresses to the Red Cross to send to our families. I was the first to get a letter. We sat on our foot lockers and read it together. We both cried. We ended up reading each other’s mail until the last of boot camp. It gave us a sense of home and made our bond as brothers that much stronger. We would have died for each other as well as for all of our Marine brothers. We went in with 150 – 175 recruits and graduated with 50 or so. We were the few, the proud, the Marines. We gave our final about face when we were released then gave each other a hug and said “see you at the palace”. That was our favorite 18 and older dance club. We came home for a week then drove back to Camp Pendleton for our specialized training. We drove with Steve’s sister Suzette and her fiance. We all took turns driving and ended up at Camp Pendleton where we started SOI ( School of Infantry ). We then went on to AI (Advanced Infantry) then on to LAV school ( Light Assault Vehicle). Steve hurt his wrist and ended up graduating LAV school a few weeks after I did. We served together at the Tooele Army Depot in the Marine Corps Reserves. We were un-separable. Steven met Jill and they went on to have their family. I met my wife and had mine. We tried to stay in touch as much as we could but as the song goes “with my old friends it’s not the same, since we don’t know what to say, I understand but still it’s strange when your friends just fade away.” I am so grateful to Steven and his parents and siblings who were so good to me and treated me like family. I will miss Steve and his sense of humor and his infectious smile. Ooh Rah Marine. Until Valhalla, Semper Fi my brother. We will see each other again but not for a while. Guard the gates wherever you are and i’ll guard them here. Love you my brother always. Ash.

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