Stephen Crouse Driggs

09/12/1948 - 12/22/2015
Service Date: 12/26/2015
Service Time: 1:00 pm
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1266 S. 32nd St., Mesa, Arizona

Stephen Crouse Driggs, born September 12th, 1948 in Phoenix, AZ to Junius El Marion Driggs and Bernice Elizabeth Crouse, Stephen Crouse Driggs passed away peacefully in his home on December 22nd, 2015 after an arduous battle with cancer. Stephen adhered to the teachings of the faith he’d be a member of his entire life, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 4th child of 5, he learned patience, kindness, and especially the value of hard work. It was those values which carried him through Brigham Young University where he met his eternal companion Sheila Gail Packard, and ultimately dental school at the University of Southern California.

After graduating from USC, the young family moved back to the Phoenix valley (Mesa) where they remain to this day. Dr. Driggs applied the lessons he learned in childhood from not only his parents, but his faith, to how he treated everyone he encountered. It became evident rather quickly just how special a person he was and how genuinely he cared for others through the faithful service he performed in his various church callings and the philanthropic manner in which he ran his dental practice. Many countless hours and days were spent providing free dental care to those all over Arizona. 

Stephen always had a gentle demeanor and took special care to make someone feel extraordinary. He chose to be the example for his children and others (especially the youth of the church) to follow about how to treat people along with how to truly devote one’s self to the service of God and his fellow man. The lives he personally enriched through his teachings and examples are too numerous to count. Beloved by neighbors, fellow church-goers, patients, and colleagues alike, the void he is leaving will be most difficult to fill.   

Stephen is survived by his wife Sheila and children (in descending order of age) Kristoffer, Amy, Amanda, Robert, Jessica, Carter, and Mariah, his brother Don, sister Deanna, brother Mike and has joined their eldest daughter Andrea who has been waiting patiently in heaven.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr. in Mesa.  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 26, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1266 S. 32nd St. in Mesa with a visitation from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Interment will be at City of Mesa Cemetery.

 

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  • Brother Driggs, Bishop Driggs, President Driggs: I had the privilege to be his neighbor on Edgewood for 20+ years. Words simply can’t express the love and admiration I have for this remarkable man. In short, He carried the Light of Christ in His eyes and made us all feel loved. A “True” disciple and messeger of our Savior. Greater love hath no man than this- Brother Driggs truly gave his life to his family and friends. Deepest thanks and eternal gratitude to the entire Driggs family. We knew the Savior through him.

  • Melba Greene Wilkins

    To the Driggs family,
    So sorry for your loss. How grateful we are for our Savior’s atonement. In the old Phoenix First Ward many years ago I knew well Junius and Bernice and love and respected them. It sounds like Steve was much like them. I pray for the comfort and peace for you. I know the sadness of losing a loved one at Christmas but know prayers in your behalf are being answered.

  • I have known Steve Driggs most of my life and he has always possessed a trait that aspire to: Kindness. Even as a child, when he was friends with my older brothers, he demonstrated that trait. Later in life my wife and I were fortunate to move into the same stake as the Driggs family. When I was called as a Bishop in the Harmony Park Ward he was the first of the current Bishops in the Kimball Stake to contact me and offer advice. I will miss that kindness and look forward to that day when we are re-united as friends. Our family will pray for comfort and blessings for Sheila and the rest of the Driggs family.

  • There are no words to express the sorrow and heartbreak of Dr. Drigg’s passing. Anyone who was blessed enough to know him, loved him. He was a beautiful gentle man who always made each and everyone feel so extra special. I will miss him terribly.

  • Ron and Rita Evans

    He was an outstanding example of commitment and dedication to the Savior’s teachings of loving his fellowmen.

  • Kathy Pierson Allen

    My prayers are with all of you and your Family. Stephen was always the nicest boy in our ward in Scottsdale, lots of fun in the Road Shows. Loved his sweet Mother and Father, she’s was my Beehive leader, great Family to grow up with. Kathy Allen & Family

  • Pres. Driggs is a wonderful gentle soul who will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He always had a radiant smile on his face and a warmth that enveloped him. We will miss you Pres. Driggs.

  • To Mr. Driggs’ family, I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from the Bible. In John 11:25 Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” I hope this promise that we can see our dead loved ones again brings you some comfort, as you cherish your memories of your loved one.

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