Stephen Lee Warnick, 95, passed away July 19, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born April 8, 1924, to Wilford W. Warnick and Jeanette Isabella Wadley. He had three sisters, Ethel Mecham, Effie Adams, Helen West, and one brother, Charles, who all preceded him in death.
Stephen grew up and has lived his entire life on the family farm in the community of Manila, just north of Pleasant Grove, Utah. His first 40 years were spent working this fruit and dairy farm.
Stephen attended schools in Pleasant Grove and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from BYU in 1941, a Masters degree and teaching certificates from BYU in 1958, and a PhD from the University of Utah in 1966. He taught high school in American Fork for five years and taught biology at the University of Utah while obtaining his PhD. Stephen worked one year as the Director of the Chemistry section of the National Water Quality Laboratory in Duluth, Minn. He then returned to Utah to work in the State Health Laboratory where he was in charge of the Chemistry section. He left the State Health Lab to work for 10 years at Intermountain Laboratories as Director of Toxicology but went back to the State Health Lab until his retirement in 1986.
Stephen married Nelda Stevens on June 13, 1945. They had seven children: John (deceased); Scott (June); Paul (Rene); Donna (Roy Taylor); JoAnn (David Baria); Chris (Gregory Cooper); and Tom. They have 32 grandchildren and 70 great grandchildren. Nelda died in 2007 after 62 years of marriage. On August 1, 2008, Stephen married Althea Langford Bailey. She passed away November 3, 2016.
Stephen was a member of the LDS church and served in many capacities including, Ward Clerk, Ward and Stake Young Men’s President, Bishop, High Councilor, High Priest Group Leader and various other callings. He and Nelda served a mission to Washington DC in 1990.
Stephen was a sports enthusiast. As a young man, he played softball and was on a ward basketball team that went to the All Church Tournament. He loved watching BYU sports, the Utah Jazz, and the Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing, and hiking. He climbed Mt. Timpanogos 25 times and took his family and priesthood groups hiking in the Uinta mountains many times. He loved to bowl and fish and made several fishing trips to Alaska. He also traveled to all 50 states, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and took his family on ten cruises.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in the Manila Stake Center, 850 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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