Stuart Bryson Jardine|
1917 ~ 2013
"During WWII, I was a Navy navigator aboard the U.S.S. Russell, and I used a sextant as part of my equipment. I shot the morning and evening star sites to take our position, and I became very familiar with them. As I came to realize that stars are all in a fixed place, it taught me the earth was created by the Lord, with order."
Appropriately, Stuart Bryson Jardine passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2013, a day the flags were flying for him (Presidents Day). Stu loved all of life - his wife, Winnifred Cannon Jardine, his family and friends, America, baseball, ice cream and all sweets, the U, John Wayne, running marathons (which he ran from age 59 to 70), donating to every cause he met, supporting grandkids and neighborhood kids, and reading both newspapers daily and several hundred books each year. He was thrilled to run a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in 1996 for the Atlanta Games. Uncomplicated, but passionate, he delighted us at family gatherings with his signature song, "The Red, Red Robin."
Stuart was a man of simple faith who was deeply devoted to those he loved and to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was big-hearted and grateful, saying daily, "Win, we are so blessed." Stu never said an unkind word about anyone.
Of Scottish descent, Stu was born May 31, 1917, in Bountiful, Utah, to Ada Frances Bryson and Frank Jardine. Stu attended Davis High School where he was student body president. He graduated from the University of Utah where he was actively involved in student activities. On Dec. 8, 1941, he enlisted in the Navy as a "90-day wonder" and served on the destroyer U.S.S. Russell, an experience that profoundly affected him. He was fond of quoting his Scottish grandmother, Isabella Boag Bryson, "It's an ill wind that doesn't blow someone some good." He found this to be true when, while on leave from the Navy in Chicago, he met Winnifred Cannon and later married her in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Jan. 29, 1946. "If it hadn't have been for the war, I wouldn't have met Win - I never would have had a reason to go to Chicago." Stu and Win raised their family in Canyon Rim, Colorado Springs, and East Millcreek.
Stu worked as a life insurance agent for Equitable Life Assurance, a profession he valued and served with pride. After retiring, he was actively involved in church and community service. He and Win served in the Canada Calgary Mission. Stu also volunteered countless hours for the American Cancer Society and received the Society's Sword of Hope Award. The U's Emeritus Alumni Association recognized him with its Merit of Honor Award.
Stu was part of the Greatest Generation and embodied its virtues. He was a simple, hard-working man. His family is fortunate.
Stu died as he lived - on his own terms and without any fanfare. His final wish - to die in his own home - was fulfilled. Stu was preceded in death by his infant son Paul and Stu's five siblings. He is survived by Winnifred, his wife of 67 years, their four living children, James Stuart (Jeanne), Stephen Cannon (Ima), Mark Morrell, and Ann Jardine Bardsley, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the saints of the East Millcreek 16th Ward and area, Haven Hospice, extended family, in-law families (the lovingly-prepared Venezuelan food and, always, the beautiful flowers), and the family's special friend and caregiver, Heidi Dickman.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 23, 2013, 11 a.m., at the East Millcreek 16th Ward, 3408 South Celeste Way (approx. 3100 East), in Salt Lake City. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and also on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Burial will be in the Bountiful City Cemetery. Online memories and tributes can be posted to the family at www.holbrookmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013