Our husband, father, son and brother 1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley (Dude), 44, passed away on July 3, 2013, at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar while deployed on his second tour of duty.
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Tracy was born in Ogden and lived in Utah most of his life. He graduated from Clearfield High School, where he excelled in basketball. He proudly served in the Army Reserves for 26 years. Tracy also served an LDS mission in Argentina and was fluent in Spanish.
He is survived by his wife, Antionette, his son, Trase (USMA at West Point, New York), and his daughter Kennedy (Peanut). Also survived by his father, John Elwin Stapley, and siblings: Lafe (Terry) Stapley of Smithfield, Laurie (Mike) Alvey of West Haven, Neil (Lisa) Stapley of Clearfield, Mike (Lisa) Stapley of Clearfield, Wendy Wray of Woods Cross, Vickie (Roger) Graham of Layton and Jennifer Stapley of Centerville, in-laws Chris and Arcy Martinez, Tino (Lisa) Martinez and Jimmy Martinez. Along with many nieces, nephews, and many close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother JoAnn Stapley and his grandparents.
Our parents met at Lagoon while in junior high. They started dating after our dad returned from his mission. They were married on Oct. 3, 1992, and will always be the love of each other's life.
Tracy has two beautiful, smart, and talented children whom he loved to support in their school, dance, and sport activities. He was often referred to as the "Dance Dad." He was the most supportive and proud father in the world. Those who knew him know he loved joking with people and helping with absolutely everything, even if it wasn't his place to help, or you saw him as a serious person who was always on the sidelines at my games and at Kennedy's dance performances. Not many of you knew his softer side. He loved life and everything in it, from a beautiful sunrise to an eagle soaring over a field.
He worked full-time for the Army Reserve as a civilian and was loved by co-workers. Most importantly, he was a devoted family man and great friend. Tracy was a man worth praising and a friend worth having; he was a fun-loving jokester; who could ever forget his "hello" message on his voice mail?
He loved the family and loved being around us, making sure we had everything we ever needed and more. He was the best. We love you Dude, Rest in Peace. Come see us sometimes.
The family would like to thank all of our wonderful, caring family, friends and kind unknowns. This has been a devastating time. The support has been amazing.
Tracy's Life Celebration will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 15 at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road. Friends may visit with family Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist's Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Rd., South Ogden, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ballet West Foundation or your favorite sports charity in his memory. May we make it part of our own life's mission to ensure that Tracy is never forgotten, that he is forever honored.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
Lindquist Mortuary-Layton - Layton
1867 N. Fairfield Road Layton, UT 84041
Published in Logan Herald Journal on July 12, 2013