Steven Dale Ogden (81), our beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away on November 7, 2023, due to heart and kidney complications.\n\nSteve was born on January 13, 1942. He spent his early years in Richfield and Marysvale, Utah. He was riding horses and herding sheep out on the range at a very young age. His family later relocated to Los Angeles County, California, where he swapped his horse for a surfboard. He described his happy teenage years as “a page out of the popular Beach Movies of the 60’s”.\n\nHe attended Reseda High School, where he excelled in sports, particularly football. He later played running back for a year at Pierce Junior College, and then for 3 years at BYU alongside his brother John. He was passionate about football throughout his life and loved watching his sons and grandsons on the field.\n\nSteve married Toni Dianne Fabrizio on June 3, 1966. They are the parents of 7 children, 25 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. Once when asked how he wanted to be remembered, he replied, “I guess I’d like to be remembered as a good dad, a good husband, and a great grandfather.” He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing games, attending sporting events, watching movies, eating out, and going on vacations to Lake Powell, the California Beach House, and - his wife’s favorite - Hawaii.\n\nSteve cherished his time spent in Argentina as a young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and then later as a Mission Leader, alongside Toni, in the Argentina Cordoba Mission. He felt his missions were transformative. His service and the relationships forged in Argentina were very meaningful to him and brought a great deal of joy. He was fluent in Spanish up until his death. Steve also served selflessly in the Oquirrh Mountain temple presidency and as a single’s ward branch president, among other religious assignments.\n\nSteve and Toni lived in southern California with their young family, until a tragic drowning accident took the life of their toddler Amy. They then moved to Utah. As a young father he took a big risk and opened up Ogden’s Carpet Outlet in Sugarhouse. The business quickly grew, due in part to his willingness to think big and his creative marketing acumen. Today there are 12 Ogden’s Flooring & Design stores throughout Utah. Steve was known for featuring himself (and all of his children, willing or not, at one time or another) in tv and radio ads, talking about the latest sale. He employed hundreds of people over the years, and many spoke of his generosity and kindness. \n\nSteve was a very genuine person, never pretending to be anyone other than himself. He was fun to be around, and didn’t take himself too seriously. His grandchildren adored him. He was generous to a fault, adventurous, a quick learner, confident, and spontaneous. He loved God and tried to serve Him and His children. Steve had a huge heart. Thus it only seems fitting that eventually that giant heart gave out.\n\nSteve was preceded in death by his daughter Amy Lynn Ogden, his brother, John Ogden, and his parents, Dale Ross and Edna Brox Ogden. He is survived by his devoted wife Toni (San Tan Valley, AZ), who worked tirelessly over the past decade to keep him healthy and here for a final quarter of play. He is also survived by his children – Chad Ogden (Christy), Lehi, UT; Trent Ogden (Tammy), Sandy, UT; Nikki Park (Michael), Gilbert, AZ; Heath Ogden (Jimena), Orem, UT; Kalli Ashby (Christopher), Mapleton, UT; and Licia (Matt, Greg), Ferndale, WA; as well as 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Linda Callaway (Lowell), Loomis, CA; brother Bill Ogden (Marsha), Bloomington, UT; mother-in-law, Flora Fabrizio (West Jordan, UT); and many brothers-and sisters-in-law, whom he worked with and loved.\n\nWe’ll be celebrating his life at a funeral service to be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 18, at the LDS meetinghouse located at 11570 South Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held at the same address from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, November 17, and on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., prior to the funeral services. The burial will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either the First Nations Development Institute (https://www.firstnations.org/) or the National Kidney Foundation (https://www.kidney.org/).