Stephen Taylor Ellis

Washington, Utah –

Stephen Taylor Ellis, 78 of Washington, Utah, passed away January 8, 2022, at home surrounded by his loved ones. Steve was born on July 17, 1943, to Stephen Briggs and Hazel Taylor Ellis in El Paso, Texas. Steve and his mother lived with his maternal grandparents while his father served as a pilot in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Steve always said that anyone could become an American, but you had to be born a Texan.

When Steve’s father returned from the war, they moved to Burley, Idaho where he would grow up working in the sugar beet fields and ranching with his favorite horse Fleet. He earned his eagle scout by the age of 14 going on to earn extra palms. Steve graduated from Burley High School, served a mission in Canada for the LDS church, attended BYU and Utah State College where he graduated from ROTC and earned his bachelor’s degree. He joined the USAF where he trained pilots at the Air Force Academy for Vietnam. He would go on to fly F-4’s and F-16’s earning multiple awards and accommodations before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel having put 20 years into military service.

Steve married Sandra Livingston on June 24, 1983, in the LDS temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Together they would raise 15 children. He was preceded in death by his daughter, MaKayla Taylor Ellis and is survived by 14 children:

Stephen C. Ellis (Laura) of Magnolia, Texas

Paul C. Ellis (Heather) of Hahira, Georgia

Wesley S. Ellis (Miranda) of Talent, Oregon

Juanita L. Coleman (David) of Niota, Illinois

Jennifer J. Wright (J.C.) of Springville, Utah

Myrna K. Dalton (Dana) of American Fork, Utah

Kelly K. Jones (Jared) of Londonderry, New Hampshire

Nathaniel L. Ellis (Sandra) of Davao City, Philippines

Taunya M. Brown of Lehi, Utah

Aaron L. Ellis (Katherine) of Ogden, Utah

Amanda H. Livingston (Matthew) of St George, Utah

Joseph L. Ellis (Elyse) of Farr West, Utah

Megan L. Millett (Donavon) of Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Alexandra D. Ellis of Washington, Utah

He is also survived by 60 grandchildren which includes 2 great grandchildren.

Steve began flying for the airlines in 1983, retiring at the age of 60 as a captain for Continental Airlines. Steve was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in multiple capacities including bishoprics, high councils, Elders Quorum President, but he always said his favorite calling was teaching gospel doctrine. He was an excellent public speaker touching many lives through the stories and examples he used while teaching.

Steve loved the Lord, his country, and his family. He had a generous heart never hesitating to serve and give wherever he saw an opportunity. He will be greatly missed but is leaving behind a legacy which will be an inspiration for generations to come.

Services will be held Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Washington Fields 14th Ward, 3176 E 1140 S., Washington, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to services from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Interment will be on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 4:00 pm at the Washington City Cemetery, 300 Park View Dr, Washington, Utah.

Those not able to attend the funeral services can watch remotely by clicking the link below:

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Steve’s online guest book at



12:30 – 1:30 pm

Second Visitation


2:00 pm


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Washington Fields 14th Ward
3176 E 1140 S
Washington, Utah


4:00 pm
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Dr
Washington, Utah

Guest Book

8 Responses

  1. Steve was one of the good guys on the planet, now he’s one of the good guys in heaven! We will miss him dearly. He truly touched our lives and we are grateful for his eternal friendship. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family at this difficult time of loss. 💔🙏🏻

  2. I feel so fortunate to call Steve a sweet friend. He is a true gentleman, an honest and trustworthy man.
    Grateful for the many experiences over the span of 22 years not only with Steve, but Sandy and the family. I love you dearly. ❣️

  3. To The Wonderful Ellis Family,
    How saddened I was to learn of the passing of your great Brother, Husband, Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather.
    May you each be comforted and strengthened at this tender time. It was a privilege to come to know many members of the Ellis Family when they lived on Elm Ave. in our Provo neighborhood. With sincere sympathy, Terri Fisher Jensen

  4. Steve was a dear and close friend while he and his family lived in Arkansas. We served together in a Bishopric and had a great time together. He was a good leader and speaker and teacher. This was back in the 70’s and 80’s. At one time all the members of the Bishopric had facial hair. We had a Regional Representative that insisted all leaders be clean shaven. Being the true and faithful leader that he was he shaved that mustache. We teased him because he had not much of an upper lip. Glad he grew it back later. He had a part time job at night flying bags of checks from banks in Fort Smith to Little Rock to The Federal Reserve bank there. I would fly with him occasionally and he would let me think I was actually flying the plane. Loved that man. Prayers for Sandy and all the family. Wish we could be there for the service but will watch on the link.
    Love to all the family.
    Pete Titsworth

  5. Steve was a. great guy who we enjoyed being around. Our son got burned and twice a day everyday for a month Steve Sandy and the family came to our house which was an hour round trip and helped us in one of our darkest times. We will always have love for our good friends that served us so well with a joyful heart and never a complaint. What a great example they are to us. We love you!

  6. Dear Sandy and family, we are very saddened at Steve’s passing because he was a good man. We appreciated knowing Steve and his family. Steve was an inspirational speaker at Church and a good neighbor. We remember many of his talks fondly. We are sure he is continuing his good work and service in a better place. We are praying that his family will continue to feel his love and guidance.

  7. Steve was one of the people in my life that touched my heart. I didn’t know him on a personal level but I did notice that his spirit radiated whenever I saw him. He and Sandie did such a wonderful job raising all their children. They all shine in their own ways. I am definitely lucky to have met him and Heaven is definitely a better place with him there. I personally feel alot better knowing that there is an angel like him in Heaven guiding and helping others on earth. Fly high Steve.

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