1956 ~ 2014 & 1996 ~ 2014|
Steven Paul McConnell, born in Tracy, Minnesota on January 30, 1956 to Durmont Harnick and Phyllis (Edwards) McConnell. Matthew Steven McConnell, born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 15, 1996 to Steven and Nanci (Santoro) McConnell. Father and son of Stansbury Park, Utah passed away together in a tragic ice-fishing accident, on Monday, February 17. They were doing what they loved best -being in the outdoors.
A viewing will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Tate Mortuary in Tooele, Utah at 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Stansbury Park High School at 7:00 p.m.
Steve is survived by wife Nanci; Children James McConnell of Minnesota, Jessica Hobbs of Minnesota, Nikki Johanning of Nebraska, Michael McConnell of Utah, Mel Shipton of Mississippi, Laurie McConnell of Utah; Also survived by parents, Phyllis and Thomas McConnell of Minnesota, siblings Dave McConnell of Minnesota, Nancy Descombs of Colorado, Liz Schiller of Minnesota, Thomas McConnell of Minnesota; Also survived by many nieces and nephews and grandchildren.
Matthew is survived by his mom, Nanci, siblings James, Jesse, Nikki, Michael, Mel, and Laurie; Also survived by grandparents, Michael and Barbara Santoro of Nevada, many cousins, nieces and nephews and close friends.
Steve was employed by Praxair Corporation for more than 35 years. Matthew was employed by Taco Bell. Steve taught and showed his son, Matt, the highest standards of work ethics and both are immense losses to their employers. Both Steve and Matt were adamant lovers of all sports, especially baseball in which Steve took great pride in watching Matt play for Stansbury High School, Tooele Legion, and Rocky Mountain School of Baseball.
The family would like to thank John and Lisa Mahoney for all of their love and encouragement and devotion to Matt and their friendship with Steve. A huge appreciation and love for Dallas Jones for being a big brother to Matt and fellow outdoorsman enthusiast and friend to both. We also would like to thank Rikkie Smith, the love of Matt's life, and her family for all the love they showed Matt. Thank you to Kim Herrera and the Stansbury High School faculty for understanding the happy and quirky kid that brightened the lives of so many.
Steve and Matt, the best of friends who played hard, worked hard and loved hard will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving Steve and Matt. Our family and our community will never forget our angels in the outfield.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 21, 2014