Stephen Anthony Whitehead
Stephen Anthony Whitehead, known by those who knew and loved him as “Tony”, passed away October 20, 2020 in Box Canyon, Utah at age 23. Tony was born on March 6, 1997 in Phoenix, AZ – twin to Annie Whitehead.
Family that preceded Tony in death and were there to greet him on the other side include his mother -Kellie Whitehead, grandfathers – Thomas Starr, John Whitehead, and Dr. William F. Wright, and his sister- Angelina Shull.
Although Tony’s life on Earth was brief, he left a lasting impact on all of those who knew him. Tony was adored by his father Stephen C. Whitehead, his stepmother, Julie Whitehead and his grandmothers, Verna Starr, Phyllis Whitehead, and Martha Wright.
Always willing to lend a hand and help anyone in need, Tony’s legacy of loving and serving others will live on through the example he set for his siblings. (sisters; Chelsea, Stacy, Annie, Rachel, Stephanie, Brooke, and Becky and brothers; Andrew, Kevin, David, James, and Joseph), and his many nieces and nephews. Tony, with his infectious smile, was a bridge of love between his large, blended family. He truly loved them all, including his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Tony graduated from Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. His youth was full of activities that included being a dedicated Boy Scout and earning the highest honor of Eagle Scout and playing the cello with the esteemed Highland Orchestra and Symphony. Tony also played football his freshman and sophomore years and was a valued member of the Highland Hawk Wrestling team for all 4 years of high school.
Tony chose to dedicate the next 2 years of his life after his graduation to serving the Lord. Tony answered his call to the Pittsburgh, PA Church of Jesus Christ of latter- day saints’ mission with much enthusiasm and faith. Not only did Tony bless the lives of the people of Pennsylvania with his serving heart, but the encouragement also he sent home to his family and friends through his letters touched the lives of all those that read them. He inspired all of us to do our best and love one another.
After his missionary service Tony worked as a project manager in South Jordan, Utah where he was appreciated for his leadership abilities and strong work ethic.
Tony will always be remembered and celebrated for having the gift of kindness and the ability to see the great worth of every soul he met. May we all live in a way that we too look for the good within each other as Tony did so easily.
Funeral services are Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Meadows Ward, 2265 South Hawes Road, Mesa, AZ 85209. Interment will follow at San Tan Memorial Gardens, 22425 E. Cloud Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. Because of COVID, the chapel service is limited to family only. Arrangements by Gilbert Memorial Park.