Steven Ray Corless

July 15, 2018


It is with deep sorrow in our hearts that we have to say goodbye for now, to our loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Steven Ray Corless as he passed on through the veil and shed the struggles and trials of this mortal life after a lengthy, hard fought battle with cancer on July 11, 2018.

Dad was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in Delaware, Maryland from 1972-1974 and maintained some of those relationships throughout his life. He accepted and magnified many callings including Primary Teacher, Gospel Doctrine Instructor and Stake Executive Secretary. His favorite calling was that of a home teacher. He was led by the spirit in so many ways, by so many amazing people who came into his home, for whom we are eternally grateful.

He married his best friend and love of his life Leslie McPhie, on March 21,1975 in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple. They built their home in Provo and raised a prosperous, wonderful family that have all stayed within Utah County making good names for themselves in their communities. Our family has always stuck together through trials and tribulations, thick and thin, good times and celebrations for 43 years.

He attended schools in Provo, graduating from Provo High School in 1970, lettering in multiple sports. He loved basketball the most and could score 50 points in a basketball game with ease, long before there were 3 point shots. He was also involved in student body activities as Student Body President. He earned a degree in Business Management and in Paralegal from Utah Valley Community College (now UVU).

Dad worked at Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Plant, then spent 35 years working for the Bureau of Reclamation in the concrete division as a Materials Engineering Technician and Lab Chief. He worked hard even from home when he was too sick to travel anymore. Over those years Dad was awarded many safety recognitions and most recently in April the Regional Directors Honor Award. He was sincerely honored by the recognition. He took his work serious and loved his job and the people he worked with. He admired their kindness and generosity and valued their friendships. He drove bus on occasion for Provo City School District. He was the definition of hard work and dedication, always doing his best in everything he did.

Dad enjoyed coaching his boys in baseball and basketball and his daughters in their basketball and softball. He loved attending games and events his children and grandchildren participated in. He never missed a single one.

Dad was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling and camping, especially with his family at the property in Woodland, Utah where many memories were made and valuable lessons in conservation, ethics and a love for wildlife and nature were taught that will be carried on through generations.

He loved yard work and landscaping. He ran his own business for many years working on dozens of yards from Edgemont to Spanish Fork. Each yard was meticulously trimmed and manicured. His own yard was always well maintained. He received many neighborhood beautification awards over the years. Dad really set the standard high when it came to his faith and endurance in everything he did in his life.

Dad is survived by his devoted wife Leslie, his parents Clifford and Cosette Corless, Mother In-Law Gaye McPhie. Sons; Steven Joe (Becky) Corless, Cody (Nicole) Corless. Daughters; Natalie (Jeff Pearson), McKenzie (Christian Holden).

Grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Westin, Kelsi, Logan, Kinley, Brynlie, Hallie, Blake, Ellie, McCoy and Avrie.

Brothers: Mike (Jan), Dean (Elaine), Sisters; Christine (Randy Bliss), Sue (Ty) Measom, Brothers and sisters in law; Tim McPhie (Rennie), Scott McPhie (Kristi), Greg McPhie (Chelsea), Julie (Brent) Titcomb, Janet (Jason) Jepperson, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins whom he loved dearly.

Preceded in death by his son Kelly, Nephew Tyrel McPhie, Father In-Law Joe McPhie, his Grandparents Ray and Alberta Corless, Reuel and Ina Jacobson.

A viewing will be held at Walker-Sanderson Mortuary on 85 E 300 S, Provo, on Sunday July 15 from 6-8 pm. The funeral will be Monday July 16 at 11 am at the Provo Utah West Stake Center Building 2530 W 200 S, Provo with a viewing prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30.

Interment will be at the Heber City Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his son Kelly; there will be no procession.

Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.

Our family would like to sincerely thank the Encompass Hospice Nurses Lindi Jones, Nancy Trapnell and Ann West for the loving care and attention given to dad in his last days. Dr. Steve Wallentine, Dr. John Hayes, Dr. Gary Garner and all of the staff for their loving and kind care over the years.

We are thankful for Dad’s life and for the impact he has left on so many people. We know we will see you again someday.

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