June 29, 1921 ~ June 22, 2013|
Ira Corbett Stone, Jr., "Pete", age 92, passed away on June 22, 2013, at home. He was born on June 29, 1921, in Rawlins, Wyoming, to Moretta V. Bagley, and Ira Corbett Stone, Sr. His family moved to Salt Lake City when he was four years old, then to southern California when he was eleven. He graduated from high school in Long Beach, California. He met Margaret Loutensock at a church dance and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 31, 1942. They were married 69 years before Margaret's passing on June 2, 2011.
Dad served in the Air Force during World War II. They were stationed at Chanute Field, Illinois. After the war they moved to North Hollywood, Ca., then to Canoga Park, and later to Campbell, California. When he was 43, our family moved from Campbell to Orem, Utah. Dad went back to BYU to finish the last year of college he had been missing. He then accepted a position at Dixie College and they moved to St. George, Utah. This area has been home for 47 years.
Dad loved a good prank and throughout his life was found pulling many of them! He loved his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. He was such a patient man. He was happiest sitting in his boat, pulling behind him a "string" of little boats and rafts filled with laughing grandchildren. He always had a "hidden" treat for them. Holidays were centered around the family whether in the mountains, at a lake, or at home. He spent his life making memories for his family and teaching us what was most important.
Dad was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings including High Councilor, Bishop, Temple Worker and Stake Family History Director. Dad and Mom spent many years involved in Genealogical work which continued until about two years ago when his eye-sight wouldn't let him use the computer anymore.
Ira is survived by his daughter, Denise and son-in-law Jim McArthur, and son-in-law Richard Horsley, 18 Grand-children, 59 Great-grandchildren, and 8 Great-great grandchildren. Dad was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his daughters, Patricia Horsley, and Sandra Otterstrom Price, sons-in-law Tom Otterstrom and Albert Price, grandson Robert Otterstrom; his brothers, Ralph, Joics, and Jeff, sister, Gwen Haws, and his parents.
The funeral will be held in the St. George 2nd Ward Chapel, 166 South Main, on Saturday, June 29, at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at the chapel prior to the services at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thank you Dad for the special memories you gave us and exemplary life you lived-how we will miss you!
Published in Deseret News on June 26, 2013