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Steven Arlen Ness

January 11, 1951 April 6, 2018
Steven Arlen Ness
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Obituary for Steven Arlen Ness

1951 ~ 2018

Steven Arlen Ness was born in Moses Lake, WA to Edith Patrick Ness and John Selmar Ness on January 11, 1951. Steve was a survivor of Juvenile Diabetes since age five. He passed away on April 6, 2018 while fishing in St. George, UT, from complications of diabetes.

Steve moved to Othello, WA at age 1, then to Emmett, ID in 1960. He attended school and graduated from Emmett High School in 1969. He attended Boise State University and graduated from Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT in 2002.

Steve was an outdoor enthusiast and his favorite sport was fishing. He worked in the logging industry, construction, sales and wood working. He discovered lamp making in 2004. He made table and floor lamps, several tables, clocks, and unique art pieces from wood he obtained from the deserts of Utah and other Western States. He had a successful lamp business, Finess Wood Creations, and sold his artwork at retail businesses and Arts Festivals around the West. He had an eye for art and could look at a piece of twisted wood and see what a beautiful creation it could become. Steve loved dogs and they were a major part of his life. Steve had a great sense of humor and many friends. He loved the mountains, camping, travel, and took cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Hawaii. He married the love of his life, Martha, by a river with the mountains looking over their special union in Grand Teton National Park, WY. Steve felt blessed to share nineteen years with Martha.

Steve is survived by his wife, Martha Campbell-Ness, Layton, UT; mother, Edith Patrick Ness, Emmett, ID; father, John Selmar Ness (Pauline), Nampa, ID; sister, Kerri Ness Sutton (Howard), Midvale, ID; brother, Tony Ness, Emmett, ID; nephews, Dusty and Darin Sutton (Andrea), Midvale, ID, two great nieces, Alexandra and Kenadie; and Golden Retrievers Lola and Lily Ness.

A memorial service will be held in Emmett, ID at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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