In Memory . . .
Hugh Thomas Steele, 9/5/1934 - 9/6/2006
On September 6, 2006, Hugh Thomas Steele passed away peacefully but unexpectedly of a heart condition while serving his church. He had just celebrated his 72nd birthday. Hugh was born to Myron E. Steele and Charlotte Elizabeth Hill on Sept. 5, 1934. He graduated from East High and was drafted into the Army. He served his country for two years in the firefighting core. He married Rose Pearson and they had one son, Edward Leonard Steele. They later divorced. He later met Mary Janice Bracken, a beautiful "hick" from Nephi, Utah. Mary brought religion to his life again and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Sept. 8, 1961. They were about to celebrate their 45th anniversary. For 30 years, Hugh worked as a firefighter with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. He retired as a captain. Hugh literally saved numerous lives and spent many years working as an EMT instructor where he trained others to save lives and render emergency care. He enjoyed a second career at REI. He was a talented mechanic - he could fix or build almost anything- and was always willing to share his talents with others. When he retired for good, he and Mary served as missionaries in the Richmond, Virginia Mission where they made many friends. Hugh is survived by his wife, Mary and his children, Edward Steele (Judy), Daniel Steele (Melisa), Cynthia Lewis (Ron) and Alicia Steele. He is also survived by his brother Myron (Pat) and Diana Gee (Ronald) and 10 grandchildren (Heather, Ed. Jr, Cassandra, Michelle, Tyeson, Chelsy, Jason, Nathan, Nicholas and Andrea) and one great grand child (Sariah). He will be sorely missed by all. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at the Olympus 7th Ward, 4500 South 2700 East, Holladay. Family and friends may visit on Sunday evening, Sept. 10, 2006 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Olympus 7th Ward Building and from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. prior to services, Monday. Interment will occur at the Vine Bluff City Cemetery in Nephi, UT. at 3:00 P.M. Condolences may be sent online to www.holbrookmortuary.com.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 9/9/2006.