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Lawrence Darrell & Nadine Ann Steel

Date of Service: Jun. 13, 2020

A Couple in Life and Death

Heaven has gained two angels.

Lawrence Steel, age 72, and his wife Nadine, age 69, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 6, 2020, from a tragic car accident. They would have celebrated 46 years together this summer.

Nadine Ann Markland Steel was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. Lawrence Darrell Steel was born and raised on a small farm in Oakley, Idaho. The two met while attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They both loved their Heavenly Father and each successfully completed a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lawrence spent his two years in Oklahoma, while Nadine spent eighteen months overseas in the Italy Milan Mission. Both served faithfully and developed strong testimonies of their Savior that would serve them throughout the good and hard times of their lives. They were married in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple on August 8, 1974.

After a brief time in Provo and Oakley, the couple moved to Gooding, when Lawrence received a teaching position as a science and shop teacher at the middle school. There, they raised their five beautiful children. Nadine spent many early years at home babysitting other children alongside her own before eventually going back to school to become a beloved teacher. She worked at Gooding Elementary and then North Valley Academy for more than 25 years where she influenced and touched the lives of multiple generations of children. Nadine lived her life in empathy and service – quietly helping those in need and being a wonderful mother and a friend to all who knew her.

Lawrence enjoyed his job as a teacher for a few years, then as a custodian for the Church, before starting his own lawn care business, Green Magic Company, in 1996. He loved and took great pride in beautifying the yards of Gooding and getting to know the community. Lawrence lived a life of hard work and service, often shoveling snow or doing yard work for free, and always lending a hand to those in need. Lawrence was a great husband, father, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. His kind heart and gentle manner endeared him to everyone.

As a couple, Lawrence and Nadine enjoyed being together, gardening, spending time with their children and grandchildren, traveling, and, serving in the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. They had many callings in the Church, always serving faithfully and well, and loved being a part of the community of Gooding. They‘ve set a wonderful example to their children of service, faithfulness, and love. They were looking forward to serving a mission together in Palmyra, New York, and were packed and ready to go, before their Father in Heaven called them home for a different mission.

There are no words to soothe the grief and sorrow in our hearts over the loss of our beloved parents, but these, “Endings are not our destiny. The more we learn about Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.” (Dieter F Uchtdorf).

The couple was preceded in death by their daughter, Jennifer Steel; daughter-in-law, Laura Steel; Lawrence’s parents, Marion Roy Steel and Iona Adeline Williams; Nadine’s parents, Forrest Juell Markland and Ruby Pearl Collins; and her sister, Elaine Markland.

They are survived in death by their children, Ryan (Annell) Steel of Gooding, Collin (Karen) Steel of Logan, Utah, Spencer (Jenelle) Steel of Idaho Falls, Stacey (Collin) Chlarson of Seattle, Wash., and James (Cindy) Steel of Shelley; their siblings, Maria (Merle) Reynolds, Phil (Carol) Markland, Stan (Jan) Markland, Gene (Julie) Markland, and Bruce Markland; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A public viewing for the couple will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. We ask those in attendance to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

A joint funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Oakley Idaho Stake Center, 355 N. Center Ave., in Oakley. Bishop Chris McGinnis will officiate. Due to COVID-19 group restrictions, the funeral service on Saturday will be for family and special invite only. There will be a live webcast available at - click on the Lawrence and Nadine obituary link, scroll to the bottom and click the high-lighted link.

Lawrence and Nadine will be buried next to their daughter, Jennifer, at the Basin Cemetery east of Oakley.

A Video Tribute to the Life of Lawrence and Nadine Steel is available at the following link:

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Condolences for Lawrence Darrell & Nadine Ann Steel

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From Alice Hocklander:
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that your memories bring you comfort. Your family is a special one, and I enjoyed teaching with your mother.
From Milt and Luisa Sorensen:
We are so sorry for your loss,of your loving ,kind and gracious parents ,our prayers and thoughts are with you.
From Phil and Carol Markland:
Our hearts are broken at losing Nadine and Lawrence and ache at the pain we know you are all suffering but know with a sure conviction that you were their pride and joy! Family was always of utmost importance to them, and they raised a terrific family. As you all search for solid footing without them, simply follow their example and you will do great things! We love you all.
From Debbie and Dennis Rogers:
Our love and prayers are with each of you at this time. We are indeed happy to have had your Family as our friends for all theses years. We have shared many memories together as families grew up through the years. We will miss Nadine and Lawrence in our lives they have been such great examples to us they way they shared their love and kindness to all. I look for a wave every time I pass by the house. They are indeed on a Special Mission Together to spread their love of the gospel to all.
From Chris and Sharon Pratt:
Even though we were only in the ward for a couple of years, we remember your parents' goodness and great example of the Savior. Our prayers are with you for comfort and understanding at this time.
From Daryl and Sharon Anderson:
Your dear parents have left your Steel Family quite a legacy to follow. Loved hearing at their funeral service how their love was shared with grandchildren who now have special memories and examples to follow. They carried the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ in their countenances. They know Him and love Him! Great examples of service and genuine caring for others.
From Teresa Jones:
My prayers go out to the Steel family and the Gooding Community. Lawrence and Nadine were selfless, loving and kind people. I enjoyed my years working with Nadine, and always love that she saw the good in all of her students and found the humor in the most difficult situations. Her laugh and smile were contagious. Hugs to the family for your loss.
From Dale and Becky Gerratt:
We are sorry to hear about your parents. We looked up to them when we lived in Gooding. Recently we saw them often in the temple. They ARE some of the most christlike, humble people that we know.
From Connie & Rich Thompson:
It is with heavy hearts that we offer our deepest sympathies to you the family of Nadine and Lawrence Steel. They were indeed a special couple and have left an empty hole in many hearts. May God surround you with love at this difficult time. Totally enjoyed working with Nadine many years in the elementary school.
From Tina VanAllen:
Dear Steel Family,
My heart is broken from hearing the passing of Nadine and Lawrence. They were both GREAT people. I had the pleasure with working with Nadine for many years in 3rd grade. I will aloways treasure her wisdom, kindness and friendship that she showed me. My husband worked for Lawrence and loved it. I will aalways cherish the memories. Hugs and prayers to you in this difficult time.
From Jerry&Connie Freeman:
Lawrence and Nadine are two of the most wonderful people we know. They always made the best of whatever the situation was with their warm friendly smiles. Lots of very special memories teaching with Nadine, an outstanding teacher and very special friend!
From Marsha Dains:
To the Steel Family,
I'm sending my deepest sympathy to you at the loss of Nadine and Lawrence. I am holding on to the many years of memories working with Nadine in third grade. Through all those years she was such a kind, gracious, and fun friend. She will be close to my heart always.
From Sherman & Rosalie Young :
Lawrence and Nadine were some of the kindest, most thoughtful people we know. They have been such an asset to our community. Our hearts break for the family. We pray God’s comforting arms And spirit will be with you.
From Rae & Sue Ormond, Wendell, ID:
Our deepest sympathies go to your family. I was privileged to sit next to Lawrence on the High Council for the past 4 & 1/2 years. He was a kind, humble man whom I deeply respect. It is sweet to know they do not grieve for each other and that they can once more embrace their little girl.
From Karen Schmitt DeBoard:
My heart is saddened by the unexpected loss of your parents... My prayers are with you that you may feel the peace that passes all understanding that only God can give... With great sympathy for all of the family...
From Bob and Sharon Wiltse:
We have known your mother and father for several years. Your dad helped us with various lawn and tree problems and I worked with your mom on several elections. I have never seen either of them without a smile on their face and a attitude that all is well and will work out. Gods grace and love to you and your families.
From Russ and Tanya Koyle:
I remember Nadine’s kindness to me once a very long time ago when I was a very young expecting mother for the first time. She did not know me well, but she had a baby shower for me to help welcome me and my new baby to the ward. She was an angel. Our love and prayers to the family. They were the best kind of people always!
From Laine and Linda Steel:
Our heartfelt sympathies to all who knew and loved Lawrence and Nadine. Such wonderful examples they are for all of us. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to all especially to Lawrence and Nadine's dear children and grandchildren.
From Ranley and Bonnie Koyle:
Lawrence and Nadine are two of the sweetest, kindest, most humble people. They were always smiling and serving those around them. Lawrence drove my sons bus and would greet him every morning with a smile. Nadine’s smile would light up a room and cheer up anyone that was down. We hope that you will feel our love for your family during this time. May the comfort of the Holy Ghost give your hearts peace and comfort at this time.
From Debbi Markland Marquez:
I have such cherished memories of my Aunt Nadine and Uncle Larry. I often felt a little intimidated at Grandma Markland's house with all those stern adults, but Aunt Nadene and Uncle Larry always made me feel loved, accepted and comfortable. Just a hug or that tilt of the head and a (slightly mischievous) smile from Aunt Nadine and I was a happy kid! She would often invite me to sit on her lap while she stroked my hair. And Uncle Larry was always ready to play! Once on a spur of the moment visit to their home, we were welcomed with open arms and my kids were treated just like they were some of the grand kids. My now grown children still remember that visit fondly. I love my Aunt and Uncle and will forever appreciate what they gave to my life.
From Jami Adair:
Lawrence and Nadine are two amazing people who will be missed dearly. My family and I have so many wonderful memories of them that we will treasure. They have left a wonderful legacy! Families are forever!!
From Jenny Koski:
Nadine and Lawrence were truly fine people. I can see their warms smiles. I enjoyed teaching with Nadine and enjoyed having all of their children in class. My deepest sympathy to the family. They will be missed by all. A great loss to the community.
From Tim and Cindy Bullers :
What a wonderful couple who will be greatly missed. They set a great example to all who knew them. Hugs and prayers to the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your parents were very good friends to me and my husband. They certainly will be missed in Gooding.
From Dena (Haynes) Turley:
I am torn between utter joy for the two of them to be able to go together, and be so ready to go, seeing Jennifer again (and my mom and grandma and grandpa), and empathy for the sorrow you all must be feeling.

Nadine has always been like an idol to me - always an image of kindness and love. I remember being in her room when she was a teenager, and still have the little pendant she gave me from her collection. I remember being a bridesmaid at their wedding. I remember meeting Jennifer not long before her fateful surgery. And I remember the welcome we always received when stopping to visit. They truly were called to fulfill a mission - just a little harder to visit than Palmyra.

Love you guys!!!
From Dora Estep :
Prayers for you all. Nadine was a sweetheart. I enjoyed working with her at the elementary school. May God's comfort be with you now and the days ahead.
From Randy and Deana Steel:
We would like to extend our love and sympathy to the family for the untimely lose. Our prayers are with you during this time of transition.
From Sharon Nielson:
I'm so sorry for your loss. They were wonderful people. Lawrence took special care of my lawn and I always looked forward to his wonderful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From Keelie Campbell:
I was fortunate enough to get to work with Nadine. She was an amazing teacher and a special person. Her goodness touched everyone around her. Deepest sympathy...Sending thoughts and prayers.
From Josh and Jill Wilhite:
Dear Steel Family, our hearts are with you, and we send our deepest condolences. We are praying for your comfort and peace.
From Robert and Joanne Snow:
There is nothing so crushing as the loss of such a phenonemel couple, who spread love, harmony, and humility wherever they went. We felt honored all those years they chose to be part of our Family Home Evening group. They may be in Heaven now, but part of them will always be in our hearts. ????
From Joleen Toone:
So sorry for the loss of two wonderful people in our Gooding community. Also great parents and teachers to their children and many in the school system. My sympathy! Joleen Toone
From John and Deby Infanger:
Lawrence and Nadine. They truly belonged together and set a great example of a happy supportive couple. We send our love to all the family. Their children are a testament to their goodness. They will be sorely missed.
From Elaine and Brian Davis:
I am so sorry for your loss. Lawrence and Nadine were some of the nicest people we have ever known. They are wonderful examples of how to live life.
From Ashley Harrison :
Mrs. Steel was my 3rd grade teacher, and she held a special place in my heart all through my school years. I always made sure to swing by her class room and say hi. I’m so sorry for the loss of your parents, they were such wonderful people. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
From Cheryll Turner:
My heart goes out to your family at this time of your tremendous loss. Nadine was my first visiting teaching companion when my family moved to Gooding almost 30 years ago and I have loved her since then. They were and are such an amazing couple and are greatly missed by everyone who knew them.
From Robin and Mike Leitch :
Lawrence and Nadine will be so greatly missed. Heartbreaking. I worked with Nadine in education for many years. I have so many wonderful memories of her, that I cherish. Lawrence helped us with our trees and lawn. Such a sweet guy. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Love and prayers.
From Chuck & Stacey Turner:
We are deeply sorry for your loss, your parents were an amazing example to us all. Our prayers and thoughts go out to each of you and your families.
From Jeanne gene mclaughlin:
My son was struggling in school and in 3rd grade he got the best teacher ever mrs steel. They will be greatly missed . Sending prayers our deepest sympathy
From Cindy Gillette:
The best neighbors. Our family loved Lawrence and Nadine. My the memories you have of them comfort you at this time. We are keeping your family in our prayers.
From Lottie Phelps:
I was always touched by their friendship and their kindness. They were, indeed, very special people. I am so sorry for this loss.
From Lyle and Lucinda Rogers:
What wonderful people who blessed many lives. Lots of love and prayers.
From Carol Wallace:
Lots of prayers for entire family and great memory for two amazing people
From The wirth family:
They will be greatly missed. They were wonderful people and I know they are continuing great work on the other side. They were always helping me and my family. Hugs and prayers to the family
From John and Lorna Moline:
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Steel Families. May God's angel wrap their wings around you all during this difficult time.
From Becky and Jennifer Tanner:
Jennifer and I were deeply saddened by the loss of your dear parents. They were always so kind to us. The memories I have of the wonderful service they gave to us after Ray’s passing brings sweet peace to my soul. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
From Michael & Linda Anderson:
We are so thankful for Nadine & Lawerence. They are special people who will be missed by many for years to come.
From Randy and Laren Erkins, and family:
Dear Steel Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your parents. They were such loving and kind people. Sending you thoughts and prayers at this time.
From Terry and Judy McCurdy:
We are so saddened by this news. They are so loved. Our Temple family will surely miss them. So grateful for their service.
From Walt and JoAnne Caster:
We send our heart felt condolence to the Steel family. To us, and many more, Nadine and Lawrence were our mentors, and our dear friends. We will miss them greatly.
From Linda Brown:
Heartbreaking loss for the Steel family and community. A wonderful devoted couple. Many memories with your sweet mother at Gooding Elementary....a special teacher. Our prayers and condolences to all their beautiful family....They will be greatly missed.
From Jeff and Janis Faulkner:
We are so sorry for your loss. Nadine was our son’s teacher and was so kind and helpful to him. I also worked with Nadine for many years. Prayers for the family.
From Cathy & Jeff Pavkov:
So very sorry for your family’s loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs!! ??
From David amd April Harden:
Our hearts hurt at the loss of these two amazing people. They
be missed. Much love and prayers to the family.
From Jim and Karen Butler:
So Very sorry for the passing of a truly beloved couple. Prayers for the family and friends for comfort and peace.
From Jeff and Tammy Perry:
We are so sorry for your loss at this time. They are wonderful examples of service. I remember them still bringing us lunch the day we moved into Gooding. They will truly be missed but will be welcomed with open arms from our Heavenly Father saying job well done. Sending you all hugs and comfort at this time.
From Ian & V J Kunz:
We are very saddened by the loss of Lawrence & Nadine. They were terrific people. We will miss them. Remember all the good times.
From Elder Ted Rittel and Sister Claretta Rittel:
We are so saddened by the loss of these two wonderful friends that we served with in the Twin Falls Temple. They will be sorely missed by all that knew them. May god bless there family. They are now serving there mission in heaven.
From Brittnee (Turner) Horting:
Brother and Sister Steel were true examples of good, faithful, service-minded people. I will miss Sister Steel's sweet smile and soft voice, it was a blessing to know them.
From Sharon Cheney:
I am so sorry for your loss. Your parents were such loving people. They cared for so many in the area with love and compassion. I am glad that they went to a new mission together. Prayers of comfort for all the family.
From Austin and Amber Turner:
We are so very sorry for your loss. What amazing people your parents were. Such a great example to all around them of selfless service and happiness. May you be lifted up in peace and comfort at this time of sorrow.
From Joyce Sage:
I am deeply sorry for your loss, your parents were very special to me. As I struggled with the loss of my parents, your Mom stepped up and helped me in So many ways. I will always hold memories dearly.
From Kelly & Rosemary Goodman:
What great memories we have with your parents. They were great friends and they will be missed so much! This is just an extension of their mission. Our love and prayers go out to you all. Love you all!
From Michael and LaRita Hendricks:
Dear Steel Family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.

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