Stephen Mower has passed on, leaving us all too soon, but firmly pressing into our souls the sense it’s not the years in your life so much as the life in your years. Still….our hearts are broken.\n\nStephen Owen Mower passed away on Aug 4, 2022 at age 64; we believe into the comforting arms of his deceased mother (Peggy Mower) and father (Owen Mower).\n\nHe was a strong and capable man who did so many things with excellence and determination. At age 19, Steve completed a degree in HVAC and built a career as an expert in industrial refrigeration systems, eventually becoming a principal owner and VP at LA Roser. His real joy was in the outdoors where he excelled year-round. During summer and fall he rode and raced mountain bikes competitively, always staying with, and often beating, riders 20-years his junior. In winter he was an avid skier, both alpine and backcountry. On the water he earned an accreditation as a certified sailboat captain, and with his wife, owned and sailed their sweet boat at various western lakes and on the ocean. As a scuba diver, he qualified for accreditations as master, technical and wreck diver. We have great memories being outside with Steve in consummate recreation. He loved camping, and left many memories and pictures. You always had great fun with Steve and were well prepared for everything outdoors in his company.\n\nSteve lived with particular passion. He was authentic. He loved meeting people, partying, helping with a project, playing with young people. He couldn’t say no to a nephew or niece. He was good at building and fixing things. He practiced yoga, swam regularly for years, read widely, held an opinion on everything (in case you were interested!). He coached, listened, cajoled, debated, and willingly argued. Steve wouldn’t suffer bullies, phonies, people who are overly politic, powerful or self-righteous--particularly those who exercise power inappropriately. He had a funny, dry wit, but was also sincere, tough minded and sometimes hard-headed.\n\nA few women had a tremendous impact on Steve’s life. He married Joan Seeley in 1989 and they made an adventurous life together in Orem--and traveling much of the world--for over 30- years. In spite of their divorce, she was the love of his life. Steve’s mother deeply influenced him, and he always said he never really got over her death in 2005. In recent years Cindy, Steve’s sister, was a patient listener, nurse, confidant and reliable harbor from the storm.\n\nWe remember Steve’s broad, ready smile and easy laugh and willingness to help. He was focused, determined and physically tough, but also tender and vulnerable, all characteristics which made him lovable, accomplished and durable.\n\nBut in periods through life he was also tortured by depression, anxiety, emotional pain, which sometimes pushed him into a dark place. These demons he battled valiantly, as best he could, with strength and endurance.\n\nStill, he always loved being with friends and family. He cherished his many nieces, nephews and their children from both the Mower and Seeley families. He was the fun uncle and friend. In recent times, including at the last, Steve declared these relationships as his legacy. He was deeply proud of the rising generation of his family.\n\nIn the last few years, he nurtured an ambition to live abroad, and recently traveled in Europe. But in the end, he returned home ahead of schedule. We have the feeling that he climbed to a particular peak in life, and just wasn’t interested in doing the downhill.\n\nWe wish you peace, our dear good brother, uncle, companion, friend. Thank you so much for everything! We are honored we ever knew you. You are ours and in our hearts, sweet and loving, forever.\n\nSteve is survived by his brothers Tracy (Melody), Randy (Lisa) and sister Cindy Harding (Ted—deceased), and 24 nieces/nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his mother Peggy Mock Mower (2005), Father Owen Mower(2015) and nephew Hayden Mower (1995).\n\nA Celebration of Life gathering honoring Steve will be held Saturday August 20, 6:00pm at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 north University avenue, Provo, Ut, 84604. This will be casual dress, reception format, with open mic for those wishing to comment. Light refreshments will be served.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Golden Gate Movement, an education and outreach program aimed at reducing teen suicide. Steve and several of his closest friends hold this program in high regard. Find the link to donate below the obituary.