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Steve McKell

July 14, 1976 — December 23, 2023

Steven Williams McKell lost his battle with addiction on Saturday, December 23, 2023. He fought the good fight, and in the end, with grace and mercy, God brought his son home. Steve was born July 14, 1976, in Provo, Utah, to Mac and Michelle McKell. He had two brothers, J.D. and Russ, and one sister, Amy.

Steve was a master of all trades and could make anything and fix everything. He was a talented builder and finish carpenter; he had an eye for even the smallest details and completed every project with perfection. If you needed help, Steve was the first to show up and never expected anything in return, except maybe a sloppy Joe. Steve was a straight shooter and called things the way he saw them. You never had to wonder where you stood with Steve. He was funny and irreverent and loved to make you laugh at just the right time and at all the wrong things. Although we were never quite sure what would come out of his mouth, we always knew how he felt in his heart about the people he loved. He was a big guy with a tough exterior but had a soft spot and deep loyalty for his family and friends. If you were blessed to know Steve, your life was better for it.

Steve attended school in American Fork. In 1998, he married Colette Flack, and together they were blessed with a son, Ridge. Although they later divorced, Colette and Steve remained shining examples of positive co-parenting and always did what was best for “the boy.” Steve considered Ridge his greatest accomplishment and loved him more than anything in the world.

On September 17, 2016, Steve married his “lucky penny,” Kim Teerlink. Together they began a life filled with outdoor adventures and unconditional love. “Sweet Kimberly,” as Steve called her, was his rock, safe place, and the love of his life. Our family will be forever grateful to Kim for her unwavering love and support of Steve.

At the time of his death, Steve was employed with EDGEhomes. He enjoyed working there and valued the lifelong friendships he made. Steve is survived by his wife, Kim; his son, Ridge; and two amazing stepkids, Harper and Simon. He leaves behind his parents, Mac & Michelle McKell; parents-in-law, Karen and Deloy Weaver; brothers, J.D (Audrey) McKell and Russ (Tambee) McKell; and sister, Amy (Brandon) Reda, as well as cherished nieces and nephews who loved being around him and always saw the good in him. He leaves behind an extended family on both sides. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Wayne and Beverly Williams, Charles and Lorena McKell, and Richard and Madge Pullsipher.

Steve was larger than life, and he leaves a hole that will never be filled. He loved the movie Tombstone because of the relationship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. In Doc’s final moments of life, Wyatt tells Doc all he ever wanted was a normal life. Doc explains, “There’s no normal life, Wyatt; there’s just life. Now get on with it ... Live every second. Live right up to the end. Live Wyatt. Live for me.”

We don’t know a life without Steve. But we are going to try our best to get on with it and live every second, right up to the end, the best we can - for Steve.

A private service for family and close friends will be held Friday, January 19, 2024, at 11 am at Anderson Mortuary in American Fork. Please share a memory at

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