Donate and Give Gifts\nTO WATCH FUNERAL SERVICES CLICK PHOTOS & VIDEOS TAB ABOVE.\n\nSteven Don Harrop was a rare and exemplary traveler in this life. Those who knew him best, and even just those who knew him at all recognized when they spent time with him that they were participating in something wonderful simply by being with him. \n\nSteven passed peacefully in his sleep at home in Provo, Utah in the early morning of August 13, 2021 at the age of 73 after a fierce but, thankfully, brief battle with cancer. In a parting letter to his posterity, he shared, “I regard it as a blessing that the Lord has spared me those aged years of pain and care! Let’s move on …past this and find out just what is on the other side.” Such was his faith in life as well as in the face of death. Steven is survived by his attentive, affectionate, “Precious” wife Eve Kristine James Harrop, their seven children (Julia (Jeremy), Jennifer, James (Rhonda), Joanna (Brian), Jon (Millie), Jeffrey (Krista), and Janette (Seth)), in-law children, 38 grandchildren (and spouses of some), and 3 great-grandchildren. Steven’s self-proclaimed primary focus and purpose in his life was his family. He loved and served them literally endlessly.\n\nSteven was born on March 15, 1948 to Phyllis Fortie & Donald Bruce Harrop in Salt Lake City, Utah. The oldest of five children, Steven was a paragon, protector, and friend to his siblings Cris, Brad, Becky, and Rob, all of whom are still living. Remembering their childhoods, Steven’s siblings shared that he “set examples & standards,” “…was always so willing to share,” and “he always created that feeling with those around him to do what was right …in honesty and kindness.” As their father was in sales, the family moved frequently, and his best friends became his family. He recalled with fondness their many childhood adventures together over the years. When Steven was about 10 years old, he experienced severe chemical burns to his eyes which left him blind for 6 months. This experience fostered in him a profound appreciation for the sense of sight, “a joy to be able to witness the beauty of the earth.” He saw beauty and wonder in the most ordinary things.\n\nSteven was an Eagle Scout, a faithful early-morning Seminary attendee with his brothers in their years in Cincinnati, (sometimes getting to seminary by hopping a freight train to get them closer to the church), and was a conscientious student, although he considered himself merely mediocre in pre-college academics. The first grandchild in his father’s family to go to college, Steven studied Business at BYU. There, he enjoyed socialization, worked hard in his studies, and enjoyed his service in the Intercollegiate Knights fraternity. He served an LDS mission to the Central States, and recalled it as a turning point in his life. Following his mission, Steve dated and married Kristine, and went on to receive a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Other life endeavors included the obtaining a real estate license, serving for a time as president of the local school board in Nebraska, and faithfully serving in many, many callings as an active and consecrated member of the LDS church. Of note professionally, through his career as a Portfolio Manager in San Antonio, TX and later Milwaukee, WI, Steven achieved what is still the world record for investment performance, holding 24 Lipper awards, and also becoming the only portfolio manager in history to earn Lipper Awards in all three categories of investments. He was truly a master of his trade. While these achievements are remarkable, what makes him even more remarkable to his family was his commitment to family time during his demanding career, choosing to never work weekends or evenings out of determination to, as he wrote, “build our world around each other.” He taught his family that “our own efforts are absolutely essential, but not totally sufficient to accomplish what we need to,” that all that is good in our lives traces back to God. Steven was always prudent with resources, rejecting debt wherever possible, and maintaining a frugal, cash-based budget with Kristine all of his life.\nAfter retirement from investments, Steven went on to teach investments and business at SUU, establishing an Investment curriculum in the College of Business, and authoring a personal finance textbook. Outside of family, one of the cardinal interests of his life was “making a contribution in the lives of young people,” whether through teaching, Scouting, or service in the church. He always loved being with young people, and was an extraordinary mentor.\nSteven was broadly gifted. Hobbies included piano playing/composition (he loved to have lovely music playing in the home), maintaining a beautiful yard and garden, creating beautiful works out of stained glass, and writing poetry. Above all, Steven loved and prioritized time with the ones he loved. His best presents given to others were experiences together rather than objects to be wrapped. He is remembered by his love of family, integrity, teaching, generosity, work ethic, faith & obedience, frugality, hilarious & quick dry wit, artistic creativity, selflessness, dependability, humility, and, for Pete’s sake, punctuality! \nSteven truly is one of the greats. We cannot wait to be reunited with him again, when it really will be “kind of like having a party!”\nFuneral services will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary, with the viewing on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 6-8 p.m., and the funeral the next morning at 10:00 a.m. sharp, just as Steven would expect!