Richard Stoddart

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Richard Franklin Stoddart
POCATELLO - Richard Franklin Stoddart, 63, passed away at his home in Pocatello. 
He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, November 3, 1946, to Caleb Cleveland and Marcella Frances (Rademacher) Stoddart. Richard attended schools in Pocatello and completed four years in computer programming at Idaho State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict and was involved in the Tet Offensive, and was the lead mechanic on the MI Tank.
After returning home, Richard married Kary Jones in 1968. Two children were born from this union. 
He went to work for C-A-L Ranch Store in Pocatello as assistant manager. C-A-L Ranch built a new store in Rexburg, Idaho, and transferred Richard there as general manager. When the Teton Dam broke and flooded the area, they were completely wiped out. Finding himself unemployed with a wife and two children to support, and no prospects, he re-enlisted in the Army, and was sent to Texas.
Eventually he and his wife divorced. In 1980, he married Pat Weeks in Texas.  They were also divorced.
After his service, he returned to Pocatello, and found a job as manager of the Thunderbird Car Wash. He also worked part-time as a clerk for Motel 6. Eventually, he worked himself up to become the Western regional manager for Motel 6, and held that position for many years.
Richard was very knowledgeable on computers, and spent many hours "surfing." He also played pool, darts, and enjoyed sports, both watching on TV, and attending games at ISU.
Richard is survived by his sons, Cory Chase (Lauren) Stoddart, Texas, Sean Kelly Stoddart, Pocatello, and stepson, Scott Weeks, Texas; three grandchildren, Josiah Benjamin, Jeremiah Boaz, and Emerald Tessa Rose Stoddart, Texas; two sisters, Carol L. Tucker, Utah, and Marian L. Stoddart, Pocatello; six Stoddart brothers, LeRoy J., Michael L. (Michelle), Roger C. (Dulce), Philip G. (Theresa), Donald J. (Loretta), Ronald J. (Yolanda; and stepbrother, Robert C. (Marie) Slattery, Washington; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, David C. Stoddart.
Per his wishes, Richard will be cremated. No public services are currently being planned. Arrangements are under the care and direciton of Downard Funeral Home, 241 North Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho 83204.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Sept. 24, 2010
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