Steve Morgan Coons passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in South Jordan, UT, on October 20, 2021, after a year-long battle with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer.\n\nMorgan was born on Dec 18, 1986, in Murray UT, to Steve J Coons & Vickie Shakespear Coons. Morgan was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He graduated from Kearns High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Utah.\n\nWords are inadequate to express just what a brilliant enigma Morgan was, but we will try.\n\nMorgan excelled at anything he took an interest in, quietly and humbly and with exceptional dry wit. He loved cycling, literature, and good music. He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, canyoneering—really anything that kept him outside and exploring. Since a child, he loved basketball—watching it, playing it or talking about it. He was an avid Utah Jazz fan, and wore his grandpa’s old Jazz hat his entire life. Morgan loved to treasure hunt, and was good at it. He explored old ghost towns, treasure hunted with his metal detector, and took frequent trips to DI or estate sales finding useful items to give new life. His fashion of thrifted wool Pendleton shirts rubbed off on all his friends. Morgan loved animals. He was partial and loyal to dogs, yet, somewhat inexplicably, loved cats. And animals loved him back, as did all the humans who knew him.\n\nHe began his career as a volunteer bicycle mechanic at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, and became a master mechanic, specializing in building vintage bikes from the ground-up. He was known for his humor and sarcasm. One of his jokes was that the bicycle-part brand Shimano had an invisible “g” and should be pronounced Shimango. His remarkable mechanical skills, intellect, and humor were welcomed at the many bike shops he worked at across Utah, ending with Guthrie Bicycle.\n\nAn avid cyclist, his reputation was well-known within the cycling community across the Salt Lake City Valley and beyond. In at least one instance, he placed in multiple road races in one day—alley cat and traditional races—on little sleep after mountain biking all night with his friends. His cycling tours of thousands of miles in the United States, Canada and Mexico, were legendary. On these tours he was often the recipient of the kindness of strangers. He watched bears cross roads. He found treasures, such as a perfectly good sleeping pad, a GoPro, and license plates.\n\nMorgan was a voracious reader, and his tastes ran a broad spectrum. He appreciated science fiction, philosophy, poetry, natural history, and other genres. His favorite books included The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino, Life: a User’s Manual by Georges Perec, Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, and Other Stories by William H. Gass, For Love by Robert Creeley, and Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee. He moved a library of hundreds of books to each location he lived in, and he lived in many locations, but such was his love of books. His love of literature inspired friends to a greater appreciation of reading.\n\nMorgan’s love of music included his own kind of tinkering and making. He used his mechanical skills to refurbish old record players. He listened to music loudly. His favorite bands and artists included Destroyer, Spoon, St. Vincent, Kate Bush, John Phillips, Phillip Glass, Jonathan Richman, to name a few. He supported his friends’ local bands by being a perpetual attender of their shows.\n\nMorgan was kind, giving, generous, loving, gentle, perceptive, hilarious, brilliant, humble and loved sharing his extensive knowledge with the people who were close to him. He had the strongest moral convictions. He didn’t make a show of any of his many qualities, rather he did it all because it’s who he was and he didn’t need the usual validations most humans need, except for love. And he was loved. He will be missed greatly by family and friends. He was the most charismatic introvert there ever was.\n\nMorgan is survived by his parents Steve J Coons and Vickie Shakespear Coons, of South Jordan, Utah. His Maternal Grandmother, Lyllian Shakespear LeFevre, Henrieville, Utah. His siblings; Jill (Adam) Singleton, Cannonville, Utah, Candace Coons, South Jordan, Utah, Erik (Tamara) Coons, South Jordan, Utah, Breeana (Brandon) Sanderson, Santaquin, Utah; Nieces & Nephews: Aldrik Coons, Sharlize Singleton, Steven Touchin, and Natalie Touchin.\n\nMorgan was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents Jack & Sibyl Coons, and his Maternal Grandfather, Olaf Shakespear.\n\nMemorial Services will be held at 11am on Saturday October 23, 2021, at the Midas Creek 5th Ward Meeting house 10860 S 3200 W South Jordan, UT 84095. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Morgan’s friends. Details to follow.\n\nThe family would like to extend a special thanks to the following:\n\nThe Doctors and Nurses at the Utah Cancer Specialists, Salt Lake Clinic\nDr. Johnathan Whisenant and Dr. Laura Lambert\nIntermountain Healthcare Home Health & Hospice Staff\nThe Management and Ownership of Guthrie Bicycle.\nSpecial friends, JT, Rachel, Drew, Pete, and Claire.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, please support an animal shelter of your choice or buy a book or bike for a child in need.