LTC Stephen "Bud" E. Featherstone was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/12/2014 at the age of 86.1
American Fork, UT
Flight Class 56-14
Date of Birth 09/12/1928
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with HHC/1 AVN 1 INF in 65-66, HHC 158 AVN 101 ABN in 71, HHC 101 CAG 101 ABN in 72
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Stephen Elvin (Bud) Featherstone, age 86, our much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away peacefully on October 12, 2014 in his home in American Fork, Utah surrounded by those he cared for deeply.

Stephen was born September 12, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Emma Marie Johnson Featherstone and Stephen Elvin Featherstone, Sr.; the oldest of eight children. He graduated from South High School in 1947, went to Utah State University with a football scholarship, continued to play for the University of Utah, attended the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth as a student and faculty staff and then received his degree in business from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1969.

He married his sweetheart, Eva Louise Romney in the Utah Logan Temple on August 5, 1949 and together they raised three sons that he loved dearly.

Stephen joined the Army in 1955 where he received numerous medals and awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit and three Bronze Stars. He served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam where he commanded the 158th Combat Assault Helicopter Battalion, of the 101st Airborne Division. He retired in 1975 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Master Army Aviator, an Airborne Jump Master and an Army Ranger. He was the Executive Vice President of the Utah Home Builders Association in the Greater Salt Lake Region and then became an Independent Business Consultant until his retirement.

Stephen loved the gospel and was a faithful servant in many LDS church callings and positions. In January 1995 he was called to be a Sealer in the Salt Lake Temple and then as Second Counselor in the Presidency of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple in 2003. He was blessed upon his release from the temple presidency to continue to serve as a Sealer for the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple for several more years.

He cherished his retirement years spending time with his family and at his cabin. He enjoyed playing golf, cheering for BYU football, serving others and writing. Above all the great things he accomplished in his life, Steve's greatest joy came from being a devoted husband, father and being called grandpa.

Stephen is survived by his eternal companion, Eva Lou, his children: Stephen Romney Featherstone (Susan), Darin Romney Featherstone (Kymberley), 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and his siblings: Vaughn J. Featherstone, Jim D. Featherstone, Kenneth A. Featherstone, Ann Featherstone Barrett, Nadine M. Featherstone Holt and Ernest L. Featherstone. His son, Kevin Romney Featherstone, his brother Ronald J. Featherstone and his parents preceded him in his death.

We would like to thank Hearts for Hospice and Home Health, for all the staff that gave such special care to Stephen and special thank you to his nurse, Jennifer.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18th at the Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Stake Chapel, 850 North 900 East, American Fork with the viewing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. There will also be a viewing Friday, October 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com

In lieu of flowers, Stephen asked to please make a donation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Mission Fund or Humanitarian Fund. Thank you.

Published in Deseret News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2014

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