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Larry Stocks

Born: 4/24/1930, Moab, Utah
Death: 4/8/2016, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 04/13/2016, 10:00 am, , Moab LDS Stake Center
Service: 04/13/2016, 11:00 am, Moab LDS Stake Center
Interment: 04/13/2016, 12:00 pm, , Grand Valley Cemetery

Larry Stocks, lifelong resident of Moab, Utah, left his Earthly existence Friday, April 8, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was 85.

His family remembers Larry for his wry sense of humor, his dedication to his wife and his willingness to help anyone in need. He also was a noted “backyard mechanic.” He was born in Moab on April 24, 1930, to Leonard H. and Laura Ames Stocks, the second of twin boys. He graduated from Grand County High in 1948 and then he and his twin brother Lee enlisted in the Navy. After basic training at the Naval Training Station in San Diego, Larry was sent to the Technical Training Unit, NAS, in Pensacola, Fla., where he was an aviation photographer. He served aboard the escort carrier USS Kula Gulf until his discharge in 1952. After returning to Moab, he worked in uranium mining, construction, and retired from TGI. After retiring he worked summers for the National Park Service. Larry earned his private pilot’s license in 1958 and was a member of the Red Rock Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, spending many hours flying search missions for missing aircraft. He was an avid outdoorsman and accomplished handyman.

Larry, a member of the LDS Church, served as finance clerk for the Third Ward for many years. He also worked in the local Family History Center, and was a home teacher and Scout leader.

He married Marjorie McKinnon on June 14, 1969. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Monticello Temple. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, four children, Jessie Ann Broncheau from a previous marriage, Lauri Stout (Steve), Bryan McKinnon (Belinda) and Merri Floto (Neil). One brother, Lee, fourteen grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Margie and Peggy, and daughter Jane.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 11 at the Moab LDS Stake Center with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Grand Valley Cemetery.

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4/15/2016 - I offer my sincere feeling of sadness of the passing of my cousin Larry. I remember so well the picture of all the twins at Moab Grand High when Lee and Larry was in High School, along with Jo and Jerry Stocks, plus my sisters Connie and Bonnie Stocks. I know how sad it is to lose a love one from this life. We do miss them so. - Mary E Stocks/Martin

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