Steven Nielson Keele December 27, 1941 ~ January 27, 2024

Steven Nielson Keele was born on December 27, 1941 in Moab, UT to Yvonne Nielson and Thomas Edward Keele.
He was raised in Blanding, UT with his siblings Thomas Nielson Keele, Melissa Ann Keele, and Calvin Nielson Keele.
He grew up near his grandparents, Edward and Ida Palmer Nielson, and treasured the time he spent helping his granddad run cattle on Elk Mountain and Cedar Mesa.
Steven served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Missouri and Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Brigham Young University.
During the Vietnam War, he was trained as a psych tech and medic for the Marines attached to the Navy and served four years.
He married Marsha Killian and they had seven children, raising them in Blanding where he taught and counseled at the high school, then later worked for San Juan County Mental Health as a therapist.
After his divorce, Steve married Pamela Arthur Howell in 1990. They lived in northern Utah for many years before returning to Blanding in 2008.
Steve then worked for the county aging services before retiring. He enjoyed volunteering with Pam at Bluff Fort and four-wheeling in the canyons and mountains around Blanding with friends who knew where to find ruins.
He served as an ordinance worker in the Monticello Temple. He was an avid reader of various subjects, including religion, psychology, history, politics, geography, geology, archaeology, and guns.
He died on January 27, 2024 at home, surrounded by loved ones. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends who were blessed by his wisdom, love, service and testimony of Jesus Christ.
Funeral services for Steven Nielson Keele, age 82 of Blanding, begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 3 at the Blanding North Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Visitation from 9 to 10:30 that morning.

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