Steven Laurence Stapley passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at his home in Tempe, Arizona, surrounded by his family. He was 86 years old.
Steve was born on March 4, 1936, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Orley Glenn Stapley and Estella Vance. Steve was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. Steve was a man of faith who loved his Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steve served in many callings over the years, including: Spanish Branch President, Elder’s Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader and Home Teacher. At age 19, Steve served a mission in Uruguay, South America, representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Later in life, Steve, along with his wife Patty, would serve three more church missions: Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission (June 1995-January 1997), Colombia Bogota Temple Mission (April 5, 1999-May 2000)/Bolivia Cochabamba Temple (May 2000-October 2000), and Nauvoo Illinois Temple Mission (April 2009-November 2009).
Steve was retired from American Savings Life Insurance Company, where he served as Executive Administrator and Board Member. Steve was also a veteran of the US Army. He lived a life of service to others and blessed the lives of many in his church and community. One of Steve’s greatest joys came from spending time with his family, whom he loved very much.
Steve is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Patricia Jo Allen; 7 children: Christopher Stapley (Wendy Porter), Kregg Stapley (Jodi Larson), Keith Stapley (Judi Goodwin), Kent Stapley (Jennifer Snow), Kathleen Stapley Gherkins (Tim Gherkins), Kirk Stapley (JoyAnn Rudd), and Klae Stapley; 34 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Steve will be dearly missed, but we know that we will see him again.
Steve’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 10, 2022 at the Tempe South Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1111 E. Knox Road in Tempe, Arizona. There will be a viewing before the service at 9:00 A.M. at the same location. Steve will be interred at the Mesa City Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona.
Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
It is without saying that you will miss your dear husband. How I admired both you and Steve. Our paths crossed many different times, and I always felt your strength and devotion to the gospel. We can count on having a grand reunion with our dear companions. My love and prayers are with you Patty, and your family.
It goes without saying that you will miss your dear husband. Our paths crossed many times, and I always felt the love and devotion both you and Steve had for the gospel. We can look forward to a grand reunion with our companions. My love and prayers are with you and your family.