A remarkable husband, father, brother, and son Steven L. Badger passed away suddenly in Midway, Utah on January 2, 2020 at the age of 51. Steve is one of six boys born to Adrienne Rice Badger and Franklin (Lon) Badger on February 27, 1968 in Ogden, Utah. As a young man, growing up in Bountiful, Utah he was involved in many sports, but had a passion for the game of football. He excelled academically in high school and served a valiant mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seville, Spain. Steve attended Brigham Young University graduating with degrees in both Nursing and International Relations with high honors, later receiving his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He married his sweetheart, Cherice Robb of Vernal, Utah for time and all eternity on August 25, 1995 in the Salt Lake Temple. Steven began a nearly three-decade dedication to the healthcare industry. Steve’s ability as a leader to work closely with stakeholders, physician relations, and driving quality patient care aided in the success of Intermountain Healthcare and most recently HCA Healthcare in Northwest Arkansas.
But Steve found his greatest joy and satisfaction with his wife Cherice and children: Haley, Caden, Austin, and Ashlyn. Their family spent ten years in Lehi, Utah and the next thirteen in the mountains of Midway, Utah with most recent 15 months in Northwest Arkansas before returning to Midway in December. He played an integral role in building up the youth football and basketball programs in Wasatch County. A dedicated father, he found great joy watching his children play in their sports events. He valiantly served in positions within his Church throughout his life. Steve loved to spend time with his family in the Utah mountains camping, fishing, and floating the Green River. His family was always his greatest priority and he will be greatly missed.
Steve is survived by parents Franklin (Lon) Badger [Lynda] and Adrienne Rice Badger, wife Cherice Robb Badger, children Haley (22), Caden (20), Austin (16), Ashlyn (16), Siblings Michael [Joy], Kelly, Christopher [Christine], Matthew [Juana], Scott [Nicholle].
He is preceded in death by daughter Asia, brother-in-law Claye Robb [Kym], and grandparents Franklin & Rose Badger, Adrian & Jeanette Rice.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 10, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Dutch Canyon Ward 165 North Center Street in Midway, Utah. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 6-8PM and Friday 9:00-10:30AM all at the church. Interment will be in the Midway cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com.