Stefinee Pinnegar

This is a link to an interview about Stefinee:  Stefinee

 This is Stefinee’s mother’s obituary
On March 20, 2015, Olive Brooks Esplin took a last look around and said, “This is not my home. Where is Spence?” Slipping the bonds of earth, she left to join Spence, Kip, father, mother, sisters and brothers who had gone before. And so she crossed over, and all the angels rejoiced at her coming. Born in St. George to George Brooks, Jr. and Flora Morris Brooks on March 7, 1927, Olive was the eighth in a family of nine. Her father was the gardener at the St. George Temple, and Olive spent her childhood working with him and playing on the temple grounds. Her mother was a florist, so from both parents she learned about aesthetics and that the Beautiful just doesn’t happen. It is the result of arrangement, composition, color, texture, design, balance, nurture, and care, and for Olive, beautiful things happened because she made them happen, in her art and in life. She arranged and put together, nurtured and cultivated. Olive attended the schools of St George: Woodward Junior High, Dixie High, and Dixie Junior College, and married Spencer Esplin on November 25, 1947. Mother to Kiplin Max (deceased at age 6), Nicholas D. Esplin (Judy), Stefinee E. Pinnegar (Fred), Degory Esplin, Tyler Esplin (Patti), Franece E. Stucki (Wayne), and Misty Esplin, Olive loved her children, her nineteen grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Each grandchild knows that they were Grandma’s favorite. Olive’s ancestors were among the first settlers of St. George. They were “called to Dixie,” and as her Great-Great Grandfather said, “We have never been released from that calling.” Because of her heritage, Olive was deeply committed to serving the community. She gave money, she gave her time, and she gave her whole heart. She sang with a group, The Melody Moms, for many years. She lifted up the hands that hang down and gave comfort to the oppressed and lonely. She insisted on better treatment for those with disabilities, and she supported every good community event. She endured well the illnesses and tragedies of her life, not a few, refusing to let sadness, disappointment, and defeat define her. When Marion Bentley (head of the Drama Department at Dixie College) needed help creating costumes for his shows, he asked his dear friend, Olive, for assistance. For many years Olive helped design and create costumes for Dixie College productions, working out of her home. The Esplin home, therefore, became a familiar destination for students working with her. Later, after taking an associate degree in Art from Dixie College and completing advanced coursework at SUU, Olive officially joined the faculty of Dixie College in the Fall of 1970 as a costumer and instructor. Her costuming shop became an important part of the Dixie College Drama Department. Ever a center of conversation and productivity, Olive’s office was a place where she and students worked together. Many of her students couldn’t even sew when they began with her, but under her instruction and guidance they created spectacular costumes for Dixie College productions, including Hello Dolly, Our Town, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Blythe Spirit, and Charlie Brown, to name but a few. A steady stream of faculty, staff, and students came to the costume shop to build costumes, but more importantly they came to make friends, to talk, to seek advice and to share sorrows and joys. In shaping costumes, she shaped lives and truly evoked the Dixie Spirit—A commitment to working hard, serving others, and loving unconditionally. Olive was an outstanding costumer not just because of her talent as a designer and seamstress, but because she cared deeply about her work and serving everyone she met. Olive always offered a listening ear, sound advice, and a refrigerator full of Pepsi. For Olive, life was full of wonder, and every moment with her was a party. She loved to be with people, laugh, tell stories, and be a part of the conversation. When she retired, Olive gave attention to her painting (watercolor) and assisted several noted artists in the Southern Utah area as a historical researcher to make sure that the details of clothing in their work were accurate. During those years, the Esplin cabin in Pine Valley, out of the valley heat, became a place of renewal for family and friends, where they found comfort, meals, and, especially, conversation with Olive and Spence. The chairs are empty now, but we will always remember Olive’s laughter and welcoming smile. “Let her own works praise her in the gates.” Funeral services will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. George 5 & 6 Ward Chapel, 85 South 400 East, St. George, UT. Visitations will be Friday, March 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., and on Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel, prior to services. Interment will be in the St. George City Cemetery.

This is Stefinee’s father’s obituary:

David Spencer (Spence) Esplin passed away March 21, 2014. Born June 4, 1925 to Raymond David and Lucy Heaton Esplin in Orderville, Utah, he married Olive Brooks on November 27, 1946 in the St. George Temple. Their life together was the great American love story.
Spence grew up in Little Tanks, on the Arizona Strip, where from an early age he herded sheep. One of the last living graduates of the Little Tanks Elementary School, he rode a horse to the one room school and built the fire to heat it.  After graduating from Dixie High School, he joined the Navy. He served on the USS Iowa during WWII.
Spence worked as the assistant postmaster in the St. George Post Office until his retirement in 1980.  Always active in the LDS Church, He served as ward clerk, Stake Young Men’s President, high councilor and as a scout master. At 29, he served as the St. George 6th Ward Bishop. Spence received the Silver Beaver, one of scouting’s’ highest honors. With his friend, Jim Wade, he hiked the hills around St. George, discovering Indian artifacts, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. He collected coins and stamps, developed talent as a photographer and writer. An inveterate storyteller, Spence chronicled his unique experiences growing up on the Strip telling about folks he knew and experiences he had. Spence was a friend to man, observing the needs of others and he worked to serve them.
He is survived by his wife Olive Brooks; his sister, Hilma Holt; his sons, Nick (Judy Owen) of Vacaville, CA, Deg of Salt Lake, Tyler (Patti Reed) of Enterprise;  his daughters, Stefinee (Fred Pinnegar) of Orem, Fran (Wayne Stucki) and Misty  of St. George; and 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Norma Lang and his son Kiplin Max. He was a devoted husband, father, uncle, and friend.
The family wishes to express gratitude to Jen and Tammy from Dixie Hospice who were kind, loving and caring.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Flood Street LDS Chapel, 85 S. 400 E., St. George. There will be a viewing Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff and also on Saturday morning prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will take place in the St. George City Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Spence’s guestbook at


I am currently a faculty member at BYU in the Department of Teacher Education.  I teach Adolescent Development tailored to support future secondary teachers in working with those they will teach.

Since 1999, I have worked to help create materials that support the teaching of the K-12 TESOL minor which we currently call the TELL (Teaching English Language Leaners) program.  Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Salt Lake, Provo, Wasatch, and Washington County districts use the program to educate teachers for working with these populations.  I direct the grant that is currently used to support local teachers in geting an ESL Endorsement.

For fun, I work with Pat Esplin (LuWayne Barber’s sister) who is the director of Freshman Academy in studying the freshman Acadamy experience.  My husband, Fred Pinnegar, works as associate director of Freshman Academy with Pat.   We have two children.  Eliza will graduate from Dixie this spring with a degree in elementary Educasiton.  Marc was at Dixie and now is here working for Cutler’s and taking classes at UVU.