1921 ~ 2012
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Willard Edwin Stott passed away on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2012 at the age of 91.
He was born in the small mining town (now a ghost town) of Rains, Carbon County, UT to Arthur Lees and Fannie Charlotte (Day) Stott. He was the 6th of 12 children. Willard proudly served his country during World War II as a paratrooper in N. Africa, Italy and China. He was awarded four bronze stars. On Sept. 16, 1946, Willard married Evelyn Rosella Partridge in the Salt Lake Temple. He chose a career with the US Air Force. He and Evelyn raised their eight children while living in San Rafael, CA; Roswell, NM; the Philippines and Tacoma, WA. Willard retired from the Air Force in 1968 and began working as a printer for Boeing in Seattle, WA. After the death of his wife in 1983, Willard traveled the country, staying with his grown children, before returning to his home state of Utah. He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Jordan River and Salt Lake Temples as an ordinance worker. He enjoyed gardening, bowling and playing the harmonica.
Willard married LeOra Christensen in Nov 2000. She survives. Willard is also survived by his children, Randy (Roxanne), Linda Fowler, Peggy (Ed) Reid, Rick (Patti), Carey (Marlene), Carol Lee Zemler, Duane and a daughter in-law, Janene. He is also survived by brothers, Lyle, Arlo and Lawrence Stott, sisters, Arva Jones and LaVola Browning, 27 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and four on the way.
Willard was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; son, Lorin; granddaughter, Jessica and great grandson, Brent. Also preceded by brothers, Elvin Ervin and DeVere Dennis; Verland, Delmer and Leland Stott.
The family wishes to express gratitude to the caring staff of Legacy House of Bountiful and Harmony Hospice.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11:00 a.m. at the SouthGate Ward Chapel, at 2702 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held at the chapel from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the service. A Family viewing will be held on Wed. Nov. 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary at 574 E. 100 S. in Salt Lake City. Willard will be laid to rest beside his eternal companion on Fri. Nov. 30 at the Payson City Cemetery, Payson, at 12:00 noon.
Published in Deseret News on Nov. 18, 2012