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Stephen Leyba

December 24, 1951 — June 2, 2024

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Stephen Leyba, age 72, of Taylorsville, Utah, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at Intermountain Medical Hospital, surrounded by his devoted wife Naomi, and his beloved sons, Matthew and Joseph. Steve was born in Murray, Utah on December 24, 1951, and lived in Utah his entire life. Steve graduated from Bingham High School in 1970 and enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served for three years. After completing his military service, Steve enrolled at the University of Utah and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While completing his education, Steve married his high school sweetheart, Naomi Romero on June 12, 1976. As part of Steve's college internship, Steve worked for the State of Utah and eventually became the Assistant Deputy Director at the Department of Workforce Services. He worked for the State of Utah for 38 years. 

Steve was a selfless individual and would readily give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was direct, organized, and focused but could make everyone feel instantly comfortable after meeting him. Another more accurate description of Steve would be his unwavering humility. He would never draw attention to himself but was quick to elevate those around him. He preferred to stay in the background and let others take the spotlight. Everyone who knew Steve, all conveyed the same message, "he was a good man.” 

Steve was a lifelong University of Utah fan. He enjoyed going to basketball and football games. It wasn't until last year that he finally gave up his season tickets. Steve's priority in life, however, was his family. Steve was an engaged father. He supported his sons in all their activities and interests. He would even become their coach, den leader or parent volunteer to further develop their independence, leadership skills, positive self-esteem, and of course, humility. Steve loved his sons tremendously and would often tell them, "I'm your dad, I love you, and I never want you to forget it".  As his sons grew older, Steve was quick to help them with house projects and provided invaluable advice and/or suggestions on repairs needed. Later, Steve discovered an even greater love, being a grandfather. He adored his three girls, Jade, Grace, and Isabella. In fact, he couldn't wait until they were old enough to take them to Lagoon. It didn't matter if it was only for a brief two hours or all day. Spending time with them, whether it was reading to them or going to the pool, gave him immense joy. After retirement, Steve and Naomi decided to travel. Finally, after much persuasion on Steve's part, Naomi agreed to go on a cruise. The rest, as they say, is history. 

There was and will only be one Stephen Leyba. In our sadness, we can find comfort in the moments we shared together and the fond memories he created. Steve was an extraordinary husband, father, brother, and uncle and will be greatly missed. He will live forever in our hearts. 

Steve is preceded in death by his parents, Frederico and Ermelinda Leyba, his sister, Christine Christiansen, and his youngest son, James, who passed away two years ago. Steve is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Naomi, and his sons, Matthew (Tuyen) and Joseph. He is also survived by his siblings Darlene Alfieri (Joe), Rosie Leyba, Edna Candelaria (Leonard), Marylou Leyba, Fred Leyba, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. 

A service in Steve's honor will be held on June 21, 2024, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, located at 7405 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84084. At 10:30 am a holy rosary will be conducted at the church. A rosary service is a Catholic prayer that is traditionally held before a funeral. All are welcome to join but it's optional. A Catholic mass will follow from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Interment will be held at Memorial Redwood Estates (Valor Garden) at 12:30 pm located at 6500 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84084. In lieu of flowers, Steve requested that individuals consider becoming organ donors. Steve's last unselfish act was that of an organ donor. 

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Peter Crossno, his pulmonologist at Intermountain Medical Center, and Tiffany, his nurse in the ICU who tirelessly cared for Steve with great compassion and dedication.

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Service Schedule

Upcoming Services

Rosary

Friday, June 21, 2024

10:30 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church

7405 South Redwood Road, West Jordan,

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Funeral Mass

Friday, June 21, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church

7405 South Redwood Road, West Jordan,

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Interment

Friday, June 21, 2024

12:30 - 1:30 pm (Mountain time)

Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery

6500 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84123

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