This biographical sketch is adapted from the "News
of the Church: Elder Stephen B. Oveson of the Seventy" in the Ensign for
May 1999 on the occasion of Elder Oveson being called to the Second Quorum
of the Seventy.
“We are here to establish Zion,” says Elder Stephen
B. Oveson, a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, currently serving
as president of the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission. “Every member
of the Church has to work to make this come to pass, and I plan do the
best I can to help build up the kingdom.”
Born 9 July 1936 in Grass Valley, Oregon, to Merrill
and Mal Berg Oveson, Stephen was the third child in a family of four. He
grew up in Oregon, then attended Brigham Young University before serving
in the Northern Mexican Mission from 1956 to 1959. Upon his return to BYU
to study finance and banking, he met Dixie Randall of Tempe, Arizona. On
7 September 1960, they married in the Arizona Temple. After they graduated
from BYU in 1961, they moved to Tempe.
Brother Oveson spent the first 10 years of his career
in finance and banking. In 1970, he went to work for the founder of Granada
Royale Hometels—the first all-suite hotel chain in the United States. This
chain eventually became Embassy Suites. In 1985, Brother Oveson started
his own hotel development and management company—Suite Thinking, Inc.
Now residents of San Juan Capistrano, California,
the Ovesons are the parents of six children, all sons, and grandparents
of 15. With a family of boys, the Ovesons have always enjoyed sports and
outdoor activities. Among their favorite memories over the last 25 years
are yearly family vacations on Lake Powell and skiing trips to Utah. All
of the boys have served missions.
No strangers to heartache, the Ovesons lost a two-and-a-half-year-old
son to death. Today, still aware of the suffering of little children, Brother
Oveson has found time among his many activities to be involved with Pathway,
a center for disadvantaged children in Madras, India.
“I have a strong conviction that Heavenly Father’s
plan for me is the one that I need to follow,” says Elder Oveson, who has
served as a bishop, a stake missionary, a stake high councilor, and a temple
ordinance worker in the San Diego Temple. “I look upon this calling as
another blessing and opportunity from the Lord, and I plan to fulfill it
to the best of my abilities.”
On October 1, 2005, a grateful Church, assembled in
General Conference extended an honorable release from the Second Quorum of
the Seventy to Elder Stephen B. Oveson, and with raised hands, gave him a
vote of thanks for services long and honorably rendered.
Elder Stephen B. Oveson, a former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy,
died June 2, 2013, at his home in Provo, Utah. He was 76.