Ogden, Utah‒Stephen Creed Rosser, a man of courage and determination passed away peacefully on May 17, 2023, at the age of 73. He was surrounded by the love of his family and returned home from his journey on Earth.
Steve was born on November 17, 1949 in Ogden, Utah, the third child of Wilbur and Martha Rosser. He attended school in Washington Terrace and graduated from Bonneville High School in 1968. In high school he loved all sports and excelled and lettered in wrestling. After high school he continued to play soft ball for many years and would spend as much time as possible on the golf greens and fairways throughout his life.
He developed a passion for archery and rifle hunting of big game, as well as hunting geese, ducks and pheasants. He was also a great fishing enthusiast and loved being in the mountains, rivers and rural areas of Weber County. In 1982 he broke the state record by reeling in a 10.5 lb, 39" Walleye from Willard Bay. He was also very proud of the large Lake Trout he caught at Flaming Gorge, which has always hung in his home.
In 1974 he married his sweetheart, Donna Gettings and together they had five children. They later divorced. He then married Deborah Streble, and they later divorced.
The most recent years of his life were spent with his partner in crime and companion Laura Martinez.
Steve was very adventurous and could be quite mischievous. He was quick-witted and could charm his way out of any situation. He enjoyed treasure hunting in the melting snow banks, the Utah Deserts and had a knack of spotting treasures anywhere he went.
He loved being outside from spring until fall tending his garden, which brought so much joy to his life, especially when he could share his plentiful harvest. He never sought for the accolades of men but lived his life on his own terms. He was a free spirit who found joy in the simplest pleasures of life.
Although he called the Ogden area home for the majority of his life, he had adventurous work opportunities present themselves in his early adult years. He spent a few years working in Southern California with the help of his older sister Jean and her husband Richard. Another opportunity presented itself in Phoenix, Arizona after he had married Donna and Jennifer was two years old. Less than two years there, he headed back to Northern Utah. Quite possibly the best work opportunity came when his older brother Dave bought the Manilla Mercantile in Manilla, Utah, near Flaming Gorge in 1979. Steve moved his small family of four to a new house on a plot of sagebrush in Daggett County. He helped run the fish and game counter at the only place to get gear and licenses for the Flaming Gorge area. He loved being able to cross paths with so many people who shared the same adventurous passions as he did. Later, he would return to Washington Terrace and reside there and in Ogden until he agreed it was time for the help that would come with residing in an assisted living home. He first resided at Country Pines in Clinton and then lastly at Peachtree Place in West Haven.
Steve is survived by his five children, Jennifer (Ryan) Judkins of West Weber, Jared (Marion) Rosser of Ogden, Joni (William) Ridenour of Hooper, Jacob (Nichole) Rosser of Mantua, and Jessica (Jesse) Garrett of Hurricane; his brother, David (Sylvia) Rosser of Kaysville; his sister, Jean (Richard) Bingham of Layton; eleven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his niece, Julie Bingham; his nephew, Kevin Bingham and his companion, Laura.
Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to his friends and staff of Peachtree Place Assisted Living, Cymbi Home Health and Hospice, Country Pines Assisted Living, The Terrace at Mt Ogden Rehab and Care Facility, the IMC Unit at Ogden Regional Medical Center, and CNS Hospice for all of the care, love and support throughout this last adventure of his life here on earth. We want to recognize Dr. Sorte and Dr. Parr for the miraculous work they did placing his stint, which gave him so much hope. And a special thanks to Amy Fowers, Jen Kay and Andrea Thorpe, who were entrusted with his care, for seeing past all of his abrasive layers and caring for him so endearingly.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the West Weber 1st Ward Chapel, 900 South 4100 West. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.