Ira Corbett Stone, Jr.
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Saint George, Utah
On June 22, 2013, Ira Corbett Stone, Jr., "Pete", age 92, passed away 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 WWII. 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. Mom and Dad had a great love for camping, fishing, and boating. They spent two weeks every summer camping with friends and relatives at Huntington Lake, later on Navajo Lake and Lake Powell. They loved being in the mountains with their family.
After the War, Dad attended BYU and the University of Utah. He then worked for Lockheed Aircraft in California for over 18years. When he was 43, our family moved from Campbell, California 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. Dad opened an Electronics Department at Dixie, and later taught math classes for 25 years. He was instrumental in starting the first "Merit Badge Round-ups" for boy scouts held at Dixie College.
Dad and Mom lived in Hurricane for a few years while taking care of his mother-in-law, then returned back to St. George. This area has been home for 47 years. They built a cabin on Cedar Mountain and spent many fun years there. Dad worked in the summer as an electrician wiring cabins, and for 15 years served as Branch President of the summer LDS Branch at Duck Creek. Later Mom and Dad spent their summers hosting campgrounds in Wyoming on the Snake River, Flaming Gorge, and Mt. Baker in Washington.
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 which included Scout Master, Stake Sunday School Pres., 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 because of his eyesight, he couldn't use the computer anymore.
Dad is survived by his daughter, Denise and son-in-law James 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, & Jeff, sister, Gwen, 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 am. A viewing will be held at the chapel prior to the services at 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Thank you Dad for the special memories you gave us and exemplary life you lived—oh how we will miss you!
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from June 27 to June 28, 2013