Alphabetical Alumni
Stewart, Grace

Stewart, Grace

Grace Nixon

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1925. Grace Stewart [Nixon]. She received a BS Degree in Dramatic Arts in 1925. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 38.

Stewart, Halbert Clark [Holbert]

Stewart, Halbert Clark [Holbert]
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Halbert and Helen Stewart

Class of 1922. Holbert Stewart [actually Halbert Clark Stewart]. Source: 1922 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1927. Halbert C. Stewart. He received a BS Degree in 1927. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 470. ~ ~ ~ ~ Halbert Clark Stewart was born on May 22, 1903 in Ogden, Utah. His parents were Otto Ren Stewart and Millicent Tollestrup Stewart. He married Helen Vera Anderson on May 31, 1931 in Utah. She was born on August 26, 1905 in Salina, Utah. She died on April 30, 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interment, Benjamin, Utah. Halbert died on March 3, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interment, Benjamin Cemetery, Utah.

Stewart, Helena

Stewart, Helena
Provo, Utah US

Helena Stewart

Class of 1924. Helena Stewart. Helena Stewart received a Normal Diploma, Class of 1924. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, Page 302. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1929. Helena Stewart. She received an AB Degree in Zoology in 1929. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 302.

Stewart, Henry M.

Henry Stewart

Class of 1928. Henry M. Stewart. Graduated from Brigham Young High School on Thursday, May 24, 1928. Source: The Evening Herald, Provo, Utah, May 23, 1928.

Stewart, Jan
1035 S Pineview Dr
Woodland Hills, Utah 84653 US

Jan Schindler
  • Cell: 703-431-4872
  • Home: 703-723-0252

Class of 1978. Jan Stewart (female). BYU BS Physical Education 1986. She married Kevin George Schindler Sr.

Stewart, Kim

Kim Stewart

Class of 1974. Kim Stewart (male). He is now a dentist. We have heard that he practices dentistry at the Omark Health Center of the Federated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, in the State of Washington. ? Kim Stewart, Spokane, WA 99201 - Phone: (509) 464-1981. Members of this class were in the BY elementary school's sixth grade in 1968. Had the school remained open, many would have graduated together in 1974. His brother, Brent Steward, is BYH Class of 1972. [TM] [Another possiblity: Kim Stewart DDS, Family Dentistry, 1607 West Ina Road, Tucson, Arizona 85704 - (520) 742-2167]

Stewart, Lucile [Eunice Lucile]

Stewart, Lucile [Eunice Lucile]
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Lucile and John Conyers

Class of 1912. Lucille Stewart [actually Eunice Lucile Stewart], of Provo, Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1912. Source 1: 1912 BYU Mizpah, BYH section, photos and names on pp. 1 - 62, 105. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1912. Lucile Stewart. She received a High School Diploma in 1912. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 5, page 204. ~ ~ ~ ~ Eunice Lucile Stewart was born on July 26, 1891 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her parents were Andrew Jackson Stewart, Jr., and Mary Eliza Smith Stewart. Lucille's family lived variously in Provo, Utah; Benjamin, Utah; Juarez, Mexico; and Payson, Utah. She married John William Conyers on August 18, 1915 in Provo, Utah. She died on March 5, 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interment, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her sister, Marguerite Stewart, was also a member of the BYH Class of 1912. Their sister, Theresa Stewart, was a member of the BYH Class of 1915.

Stewart, Luella Francis Tobitha

Stewart, Luella Francis Tobitha
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Luella and Wilkie Blood

Brigham Young High School Graduate, Class of 1905. Luella Stewart graduated from the BY High School Normal Department on Wednesday, May 31, 1905, in College Hall. Source 1: Program, Normal & High School Graduating Exercises, Wednesday, May 31, 1905, College Hall. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Young High School Class of 1905. Francis Luella Steward. She received a Normal Diploma. Source 2: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 196. ~ ~ ~ ~ Luella F. Stewart was born on August 22, 1884 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah. She died on August 15, 1973. Her parents were Hyrum Stewart and Cynthia Hyde Stewart. ~ ~ ~ ~ Luella Tobitha Stewart was born on 22 Aug 1884 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah. Her parents were Hyrum Stewart and Cynthia Artena Hyde Stewart. She married Wilkie Hooper Blood on June 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died on August 15, 1973 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stewart, Luther K., Jr.

Stewart, Luther K., Jr.

Luther Stewart

Brigham Young High School, Class of 1906. Luther K. Stewart, Jr. He also received a Diploma in Instrumental Music. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 266. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYH Class of 1906. Luther K. Stewart, a Music School graduate. BYU [& BYH] Class of 1906 Listing of BYH Normal, High School, Commercial, and Music School graduates. Source: Brigham Young Academy & Normal Training School, Catalogues & Announcements, for 31st Academic Year, 1906-1907, p. 140.

Stewart, Marguerite

Stewart, Marguerite
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Marguerite & Frank Olstowski

Class of 1912. Marguerite Stewart, of Provo, Utah. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1912. Source 1: 1912 BYU Mizpah, BYH section, photos and names on pp. 1 - 62, 105. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1912. Marguerite Stewart. She received a High School Diploma in 1912. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 5, page 203. Marguerite Stewart was born on October 7, 1893 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her parents were Andrew Jackson Stewart, Jr., and Mary Eliza Smith Stewart. She married Franceszek [or Francizek][Frank] Olstowski on May 24, 1925 in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was born on March 23, 1901 in Buffalo, New York. His parents were Franceszek [Frank] Olstowski and Antoinette Gudell. He died on September 17, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas. His interment, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. She died on August 5, 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interment, Provo, Utah. Her sister, Eunice Lucile Stewart, was also a member of the BYH Class of 1912. Their sister, Theresa Stewart, was a member of the BYH Class of 1915.

Stewart, Mary Ellen
419 Ashburton Place
Glendale, California 91206-3102

Mary Ellen & Lowell Jamison
  • Work: (818) 244-5280

Class of 1963. Mary Ellen Stewart. Debate, Drama, Chorus, Newspaper Editor, Girls State, Freshman Class Vice President, Honor Society, Thespians, Seminary Vice President & 4 years, Wildcat Yearbook Class & Administration Editor, F.H.A. State Representative, Spanish Club, Pep Club, Model U.N., Forensics, Homeroom Rep, Outstanding Service Award for English. BYU BA English 1968. Married Lowell T. Jamison. @2008

Stewart, Maxine

Stewart, Maxine
Layton, Utah US

Maxine and Loren Robbins

Class of 1934. Maxine Stewart. ~ ~ ~ ~ Maxine Stewart was born on March 27, 1916 in Manila, Duchesne County, Utah. Her parents were Ezra Wall Stewart and Charlotte Francom Stewart. Maxine married Loren Robbins on January 28, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died on September 20, 2005. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Layton, Utah: Maxine Stewart Robbins, 89, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at Peach Tree Place in West Haven [Utah]. Maxine was born March 27, 1916 in Manila, Utah to Erza Wall Stewart and Charlotte Francom Stewart. She married Loren Robbins on Jan. 28, 1935 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He passed away Dec. 25, 1998. Maxine lived in Payson, Utah; Hawthorne, California; and Layton, Utah for the last 61 years. She was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, mostly involving music. She was very talented playing the piano and organ and leading many church choirs. She worked at Layton Cold Storage for 7 years and Kowley Drug for 22 years. She also taught piano lessons for many years. She loved spending time with her family and always thought of others. Surviving are two children, Roland (Afton) Robbins and Jeanene Robbins (Duane) Child; seven grandchildren, Curtis (Teri) Child, Kristin (Ron) Elinkowski, Eric (Michele) Child, Travis (Courtney) Child, Laurie (Craig) Cruz, Quin (Kathy) Robbins, and Shellie (Howard) Vanfleet; 19 great-grand children, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one grandson. Funeral services were held Friday, September 23, 2005 in Layton, with Bishop David McClury, officiating. Interment, Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd, Salt Lake City, Utah. [Deseret News, Wednesday, September 21, 2005.]

Stewart, Patricia Kay

Stewart, Patricia Kay
3960 North 480 East
Provo, Utah 84604-5150 US

Pat and David Dixon
  • Home: (801) 224-1513

Class of 1962. Patricia Kay Stewart. Dramatics, Forensics, Chorus, Seminary Graduate, Poetry Festival, Pep Club, F.H.A., Ski Club, Thespians, Model U.N. President, Honor Society, Newspaper Copy Editor, Girls State. BYU BS Bacteriology 1967. Married David Dixon, also BYH Class of 1962. @2010

Stewart, Robert
57 E. Hattendorf Ave.
Roselle, Illinois 60172-1501 US

Bob Stewart
  • Work: (630) 539-1241

Class of 1954. Robert Stewart.

Stewart, Theresa Arlena

Stewart, Theresa Arlena
Apple Valley, California US

Theresa and 2 Rigdon / Bondshu

Class of 1915. Theresa Stewart. Name and photo appear among Senior Class Graduates at Brigham Young High School in 1915. Source 1: 1915 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, pages 84-102. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1915. Theresa Stewart. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1915. Source 3: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 7, page 243. ~ ~ ~ ~ Theresa Arlena Stewart was born on September 30, 1895 in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her parents were Andrew Jackson Stewart, Jr., and Mary Eliza Smith Stewart. She married twice: first, to Clarence Carpenter Rigdon on May 28, 1921 in New York City, New York; and second, to Ivan Lewis Bondshu on April 5, 1947 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She died on August 16, 1993 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California. Her interment, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County, California. Her sisters, Eunice Lucile Stewart, and Marguerite Stewart, were both members of the BYH Class of 1912.

Stewart, Virginia

Stewart, Virginia
Sandy, Oregon US

Virginia and John Ivey

Uncategorized. Virginia Stewart. She would have graduated from high school about 1931, but the only indication that she might have attended BYH is a mention that she graduated from Brigham Young Academy, sometimes used to indicate BYH. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: A graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, in Sandy Ridge Cemetery, Oregon, for Virginia Stewart Ivey, who died September 21, 2005, at age 91. Virginia Stewart was born Oct. 10, 1913, in Spanish Fork [Palmyra], Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young Academy. [Note: Brigham Young Academy ceased to exist in 1903. This refers to either Brigham Young High School or Brigham Young University.] She taught elementary school in Utah and was a homemaker. She moved to Sandy, Oregon, in 1979, lived in several locations, then returned to Utah. In 1943, she married John H. Ivey; he died in 1990. Survivors include her daughters, Claudie L. Hopkins, Margaret L. Powell and Sara M. Robbins; son, Douglas S.; brother, Lynn H. Stewart; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. [Sunday, September 25, 2005, The Oregonian] ~ ~ ~ ~ Virginia Stewart was born on October 10, 1913 in Palmyra, Utah County, Utah. Her parents were Orla Madison Stewart and Margaret Jenno'V Hansen Stewart. She married John Henry Ivey on April 8, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died on September 20, 2005 in Ogden, Utah. Her interment, Sandy Ridge Cemetery, Oregon.

Stoddard, Eugene
224 Redrock Drive
Washington, Utah 84780 US

Eugene Stoddard
  • Work: (435) 673-5026

Faculty & Staff. Eugene Stoddard. Band teacher, 1966-1968. @2007

Stoddard, Sharon

Sharon Stoddard

Faculty & Staff Early 1960s, including 1962-63 - Business Education Teacher.

Stoker, Mary

Stoker, Mary

Mary Stoker

Class of 1920. Mary Stoker. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1920. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 332.

Stolworthy, Luella [not Stoleworthy,]

Stolworthy, Luella [not Stoleworthy,]
Richfield, Utah US

Luella and Joseph Nelson

Class of 1920. Luella Stoleworthy. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1920. Source: 1920 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, page 65-85. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1920. Luella Stolworthy. She received a High School Diploma in 1920. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 304. ~ ~ ~ ~ Luella Jane Stolworthy was born on July 17, 1900 in Kirtland, New Mexico. Her parents were Henry Thomas Stolworthy and Lydia Roseanna Young Stolworthy. She married Joseph Outzen Nelson on February 15, 1927. Luella Stolworthy Nelson died on December 21, 1987 in Richfield, Utah. Her interment, Richfield, Utah.

Stolworthy, Reed
7459 E. Black Rock Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 US

Reed Stolworthy

Class of 1948. Reed Stolworthy. Football 1, 2, 3. Football Captain 3. Letterman 2, 3. President Letterman 3. Representative Boy 3.

Stone, John Royal

Stone, John Royal
4741 South 2555 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117 US

John and Judy Stone
  • Home: (801) 272-3825

Class of 1956. John R. Stone. Pep Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ Enrolled at BY High in September of 1955 and, following graduation, enrolled at BYU for the fall quarter of 1956. Served an LDS Southern States mission from 1960 – 1962. Graduated from BYU in 1963 with a BS degree in Public Administration (major) and Psychology (minor). Paid my way through college working construction. Filled military requirements in a Coast Guard Reserve unit located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Worked one year for the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California. Returned to BYU to work in a Masters Program and met my future wife, Judy MacDonald, on the fifth floor of the library. We were married in the Oakland Temple on August 26, 1967 and have five beautiful and talented daughters. Four daughters have completed foreign language missions and four have master’s degrees with the fifth daughter working on one. We have thirteen grandchildren with four more on the way. After graduating from BYH in 1956, I began working for various construction companies part time during the school year, and full time during the summers. Eventually, I qualified for a General Contractor's license, and did commercial and residential work until I ended my construction career in 2001. In 2002, I began working as a Special Education Teacher in the Granite School District. I enjoy the work and hope to keep working for many more years. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John Royal Stone was a strong, gentle man who used his unique gifts to make people feel important. He was born August 29, 1938 to Royal and Clara Stone. He was a witness to impressionable events in a quickly changing world. As a boy he remembered the excitement over VE and VJ days that brought World War II to an end. As a young man, he saw adventure firsthand and helped rescue people through his military service with the Coast Guard. Although he earned his living as a general contractor, John will be remembered most for his tireless work with young people. His ability to engage, listen to, and challenge young people were the hallmark of his life and the reason why he was beloved by so many. The son of a professional scouter, he was a long-serving scoutmaster himself and took on the most rowdy and rambunctious boys with delight. He had a gift for organizing tough and meaningful events that helped shape boys into trustworthy, hard-working men. Hiking in the mountains was one of his great pleasures, and he would frequently trial his hikes with his girls so that a complaining scout could later be shamed for not being up to a hike that his little daughters had managed. He was a champion of the underprivileged and spent his last years as a teacher at Hartvigsen School for the disabled. His reputation there was one of a loving, patient steward who cared for children living with less than perfect bodies and minds. As a father and husband, he was the lone man in a house full of six girls, and he was our hero. He was thoughtful in all his actions toward us - from putting on our socks with seams straight, cutting fresh carrots in the morning for lunchboxes, tying sashes behind dresses oh so tight, to selling his tools to provide for our unforeseen expenses - we always knew we were his first love. He was tender and concerned and insisted on treating us like we were his equals and we all grew up wanting to marry someone just like him. We will miss his wise counsel and his fascinating stories. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Judy MacDonald Stone, who was his bright light and love, and his five daughters Sherianne Stone Schow (Adam), Loralee Stone Ahmu (Mark), Aimee Stone McConkie (Bryant), Susan Stone Astle (Travis), and Cynthia Stone Stringham (Thom) as well as 21 grandchildren. His sisters, Jayne Stone Thurman, Dorothy Stone Keil, and Cynthia Stone Turner, also survive him. Funeral services remembering John Stone's rich life will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Milo Way Chapel (2625 E. Milo Way, 4910 S.). A viewing will be held one hour before funeral services at the Milo Way Chapel at 10 a.m. There will also be a viewing on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the Milo Way Chapel from 6pm to 8pm. Interment, Holladay Cemetery (4900 S. Memory Lane). Funeral Directors Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary. Online condolences can be submitted to [Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret News, January 30, 2012]

Stone, Kenneth

Stone, Kenneth
Independence, Missouri US

Ken Stone

Class of 1957. Kenneth Stone. Thespians, Library Staff. ~ ~ ~ ~ Kenneth Stone, born October 10, 1939, died March 29, 2000, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Stone, Leonora Margarita
473 W. Welling Way
[Temporarily in Spain--see profile]
Farmington, Utah 84025-3921 US

Leonora Smith
  • Work: (801) 451-0081

Class of 1956. Leonora M. Stone. Spanish Club, Chorus, UEA State Chorus, Library Staff, Senior Hop Committee. Married R. Gary Smith. Leonora handled registrations for the BYH Class of 1956 50th Year Reunion, Saturday, June 3, 2006. ~ ~ ~ ~ Leonora Stone Smith came from Argentina with her family for her junior year at BY High School. After graduation she attended BYU, and in 1957 married R. Gary Smith. They are the parents of three sons, and have fifteen grandchildren. They lived in several states with Gary’s work as an aerospace engineer, before settling in the Los Angeles area. During that time Leonora attended Allan Hancock College and UCLA, majoring in choral conducting and classical vocal performance. Throughout her life Leonora has been associated with church, community, and professional choirs, and done extensive solo performances. While a member of the Southern California Mormon Choir she traveled to Israel, Egypt, and Spain, and had the opportunity of being a soloist for performances of the Messiah in other churches. An especially interesting opportunity to mingle with different cultures came with Gary’s two-year work assignment to the Outback (heart) of Australia, in Alice Springs, where Leonora served as Relief Society president, and taught music at the community college. Divorced and a single parent after twenty-five years, Leonora moved to Farmington, Utah. She was a member of the Utah Opera Chorus for ten years, Salt Lake Oratorio Society, American West Symphony and Chorus, Jay Welch Chorale, Legacy Chorale, and Utah Choral Artists, performing on Temple Square, University of Utah, and many other venues. She was employed by the Temple Department of the LDS Church, and has served there for twenty-three years. Her assignment is to locate, process, and train senior missionaries for temples around the world. Her ability to speak Spanish, and some French and Italian, has come in handy in her employment. Retirement is in the not-too-far future, but it is difficult to give up a great job! Her greatest hobby has been for extensive low-budget travel, with a companion, to most countries of Europe and South America; Russia, Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. Many more trips are planned for the future. @2006 From: Leonora Smith: I want to report that I am one year into my mission at the Madrid Spain Temple and will be returning to Farmington Utah in August 2011. As a single sister, I only have three others here serving, but one is from France, and two are from Spain. There are 6 American couples, and 5 Spanish couples serving along with us. We have an MTC in our building, a stake center on the temple grounds, an hostal for guests, and family history and distribution centers. It is a lovely place to be. We have visitors from all over, and FIVE languages going at the temple. I love Spain and the service that I am able to give. I am also singing with choirs and solos, something, that at our age, I thought I would not do, but they are eager for programs that will allow the missionaries to bring contacts. Leonora Stone Smith @Nov2010

Stone, Leslie [O. Leslie]

Stone, Leslie [O. Leslie]
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Leslie and Dorothy Stone

Class of 1920. 0. Leslie Stone (male). Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1920. Source: 1920 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, page 65-85. ~ ~ ~ ~ Elder O. Leslie Stone, Assistant to the Council of the Twelve. By Lawrence E. Cummins, Editorial Associate. O. Leslie Stone comes by his penchant for hard work naturally. His parents, Frank J. Stone and Mabel Crandall Stone, were strong and industrious homesteaders who were farming a tract of land near Chapin, Idaho, when their son Leslie was born May 28, 1903. Before the youth had started school, his parents decided on a plan that they hoped would lead them away from their crowded two-room log cabin and the back-breaking “sod busting.” They determined that if Sister Stone and the children could operate the farm, Brother Stone could go back to school, hopefully to become a businessman. And it wasn’t long until the family’s diligence was rewarded. Frank Stone started a mercantile business in Driggs, Idaho, in 1909, and when Leslie was eight, he was sweeping floors and running errands in his father’s store, beginning a career in marketing and merchandising that was to span fifty-two years. He completed one year of high school in Driggs and then went to Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah, where he graduated in 1920. Schooled well by his parents in the gospel of work, he obtained a job with a bank in Price, Utah, soon after graduation. Before the year was over he moved back to Idaho, where his father’s business had expanded to include the Blackfoot City Bank. The next four years set the course for Elder Stone’s later successes in business. He was hired as the bookkeeper in his father’s bank, and outside of banking hours, he did the bookkeeping for several other businesses, sold Model-T Fords, and managed two dance halls. Elder Stone was an adult Aaronic Priesthood holder during this busy period in his life when he met a girl who helped him set another course—an eternal course. Her name was Dorothy Cobbley, and it didn’t take long for him to decide that she was the woman for him. However, it was clear from the start that the only marriage she was interested in was a temple marriage. And because they truly loved each other, he was willing to do those things necessary for him to become an elder and obtain a temple recommend. “The first thing I did,” Elder Stone recalls, “was to pay my tithing. It was $33.27 that first month—I have never forgotten it.” Elder and Sister Stone were married in the Salt Lake Temple April 23, 1924. Following their marriage, they joined Elder Stone’s brother as partners in a store in Susanville, California. Later they started a second store in Klamath Falls, Oregon. During the next five years the business expanded rapidly to include thirty-two stores throughout Oregon and Washington. In 1929 they merged with another company and Elder Stone became a division manager of seventy-five stores with headquarters in Portland. In 1931 Elder Stone began another career, this time with Safeway Stores, Inc., in Portland, where in time he advanced to the position of vice-president with residence in Oakland, California. In 1946 merchandising tycoon M. B. Skaggs asked the president of Safeway if he would let Leslie Stone come to work with him to start a new company. “I’m asking you first,” Skaggs said, “because I know how much you value him in your organization.” The invitation was then made to Elder Stone, who sensed a new opportunity and challenge. The new company was organized with O. Leslie Stone as president and co-founder of Skaggs-Stone Wholesale Company, serving stores throughout the western United States. In 1963 Elder Stone resigned to devote himself to family investments and Church responsibilities. Throughout the years Elder Stone served in a number of positions in the Church, including bishop of the Oakland Fifth Ward and president of the Oakland-Berkeley Stake. He was also chairman of the Oakland region of the Church welfare program and chairman of the Oakland Temple district, prior to and during the construction of the Oakland Temple. Elder Stone was called to be a Regional Representative in 1967 and served in that position until 1968, when he was named president of the Salt Lake Temple, with Sister Stone serving as temple matron. When they were released from their temple assignment in August 1972, Elder Stone was reassigned as a Regional Representative. Elder and Sister Stone are the parents of four sons, two of whom — James Reed and Douglas Stone — are deceased. Their two living sons, Ronald V. and Thomas R., presided over the Argentina North and French Polynesia missions, respectively. The Stones also have fourteen grandchildren. “We were taken completely by surprise when I was called to be an Assistant to the Twelve,” said Elder Stone with humility and candor. “We had just purchased a home in Palm Springs, California, and had planned to divide our time between there and Salt Lake City. But I have never turned down a call from the Lord, and we are grateful for this new honor and opportunity to serve him now.” That attitude, coupled with his simple and sincere pledge delivered in general conference in October — “I love the Lord, and I want to serve him”—mark Elder Stone as one of God’s choice and valiant servants. [Ensign, January 1973.]

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