Steven Michael Sandberg

His vintage collection of t-shirts, Levi’s, tevas, cowboy boots, and old cars will need to find a new home. Steven Michael Sandberg, age 72, passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on June 27, 2021. Michael was born in St. George, Utah to Wayne and Wanda Iverson Sandberg on December 7, 1948. He was the middle child of a large family with three brothers and one sister.

Michael grew up in Washington, Utah in the house his father built on his parents’ turkey farm. He had a happy childhood helping his father and brothers with farm chores from a very young age. Other hobbies included horseback riding and fishing. It was tragic when his father suddenly passed away on his 15th birthday.

Michael attended Dixie High School where he met his first wife and became a first-time father to his son Michael Wayne.

Michael took his young family to Colorado then Page, AZ to work in the newspaper business. He later moved to Lake Tahoe where he enjoyed working at a ski resort.

In the early 1970s, he settled down in Las Vegas. Always the handsome one, he was featured on the Circus Circus Baccarat advertisement back in the day. Michael worked at the Sahara, the Thunderbird, Caesars, and the Stardust casinos. While working as a pit boss at the Stardust, he met his wife, Susan Pins Sandberg. They were married and raised their two children in Las Vegas.  Often called the Marlboro Man, he enjoyed playing poker professionally at the Stardust and the Mirage. Michael’s poker playing slowed down once he started equating poker bets to the cost of Pampers (he hated Huggies).

Michael lived a full life, filled with family and friends who loved him very much. He was a straightforward man who was always honest, sometimes to fault (a tradition handed down by his mother, Wanda).  Always quick to smile, Michael was liked by everyone he met. He could always make you laugh with his funny comments and opinions. He loved sports and was a huge Tom Brady fan. He would watch any football game on tv, even the Cincinnati Bengals. When the family gatherings in Southern Utah included Chuck-A-Rama, Michael was known to consume more food than his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren thought humanely possible.

Michael is survived by his wife Susan, his children: Michael (Emily) St. George, Utah, Kylie Las Vegas, Nevada, and Morgan (Heidi), Boise, Idaho; his grandchildren: Ryan, Madalene, Jackson, Kathryn, and Lily Sandberg and Zuri Major; his siblings: Jerry (Mary Jane), Doyle (Gayle), Scott (Joan) of Washington, Utah, and Susan (David) Debenham of St. George, Utah as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Wanda Sandberg, and his grandson, Benjamin Sandberg.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street. Visitation begins at 10:00 am.

Friends and family are that are unable to attend are invited to view the memorial service online. Please click on the link below.

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Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Steven’s online guestbook at



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5 Responses

  1. Love you uncle Michael!💛. Thank you for always being a kind and thoughtful uncle in my life. Love you aunt Sue, little Michael and family, Kylie and baby girl and Morgan and wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your dad/husband. I always appreciate uncle Michael’s gentle and loving demeanor. I never felt judged in his presence, just a lot of love and concern. Heaven got a good one. I sure hope him and his parents and grandbaby Benjamin are having a reunion and watching over the rest of us!! Xoxoxo

  2. Micheal left himself in his imprint in his first son Michael. Their DNA is the same. Some things are just meant to be. Son Michael, you have a lot to live up to. I always loved big Mike I thought he was gorgeous inside and out.

  3. Mike was a classmate of mine and I was always jealous of his great smile and good looks. So very sorry to here of his passing. Though we have been separated socially for 54 years, I will always remember him as a dang good kid you could trust and rely on as a friend. Glad we will always have the good memories from our childhood and adolescence for solace and comfort. You will be greatly missed, Mike.

  4. I have many special memories of Michael. He was a fun, caring, and thoughtful man! I was blessed to tend Michael Wayne for a while when he was a baby, and he was greatly loved by Michael! I haven’t seen him for many years, but know that he will be greatly missed! Lots of love to the Sandberg family! So sorry for your loss!!🙏🏻🥰❤️

  5. Sending lots of love to the whole Sandberg family. So sorry to hear about Michael. It’s hard to say goodbye, but it’s only temporary. I remember his stunning good looks that are a trait in the Sandberg clan. I hope you can remember him in peace.

    Ilene Rep Hacker

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