Steven Alton Dame
March 29, 1956 – April 15, 2017
Steven Alton Dame passed away April 15, 2017, at the age of 61 from injuries sustained in an accident. He was born March 29, 1956, to Alton Fay Dame and Bernice Margaret Hansen in Spanish Fork, Utah. He grew up in Spanish Fork and various Midwestern states.
Steve graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He spent most of his career as an elementary school teacher and a customer service representative. Steve married Sherrie Tucker on June 25, 1980, and had three children.
Steve lived a difficult life that was ravaged by mental illness and several tragedies that took a toll on him throughout his life. It is easy to remember him by the sadness and poor choices that filled much of his later years, and it is easy to let those define him. As his children, we choose to remember him as the loving, fun, and carefree dad in this picture who tapped his thumbs on the steering wheel while listening to Led Zeppelin.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Linda.
Steve is survived by his children: Shannon (Jacob) Resare, Nathan (Liz) Dame, and Tamara (Derek) Rees; his four grandchildren: Beckam, Nixon, Coleman, and Noelle; and his brothers: Gary and Michael.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday April 22, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah. Services under the care of Leavitt’s Mortuary.
Dad never understood why people visit cemeteries or put flowers on graves. He was often vocal about it and would say of the deceased, “They’re not here anyways.” That statement was always followed up with some story to illustrate his firm conviction that those who have passed on still live and that we will see them again. In that sense, Easter was a fitting time for Dad to leave us. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you take a few minutes to learn about the effects, stigma, and often difficult reality of living with mental illness.