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Obituary: TODD, ROY M

Published: Saturday, Dec. 20 2014 1:37 p.m. MST

Roy M. Todd1914 ~ 2011Roy M Todd was born October 19, 1914 in Heber City, Utah to David Alexander and Josephine Marie Moulton Todd. Roy's twin brother Ray died at birth. The family included older brothers, Dean and Blaine and sister Josie. Roy was born in the home built by his grandfather Thomas Todd in 1879 at 411 East 400 North, Heber City, Utah. He attended school at North and Central Elementary Schools and graduated from Wasatch High School in 1933. He also graduated from the LDS Seminary. He was active in 4-H and FFA Clubs and held many offices, received the State Farmers degree and represented Wasatch High in the Utah State Fair in both livestock and crop judging contests.Roy's father, Alex owned a small farm and ran his cattle on the Current Creek forest in the summers, which kept the children busy and made it possible for them to raise their own animals in individual projects. They learned early in life to be reliable and observant. Roy worked as a grocer and hardware clerk in Heber and Provo stores, including the Heber Merc and drove a bread truck for Center Street Bakery of Provo. After a bookkeeping course at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, he worked for Heber Motor Co. and Fitzgerald Machinery Co. In 1950 Roy and his brother Dean bought 25 acres of land along Hwy 40 southwest of Roosevelt, Utah and built a thriving business that auctioned livestock year round and employed many local people through the years. The Uinta Sales Barn opened on August 5, 1950 and operated continuously for 30 years, providing a vital and appreciated service to the Uintah Basin.Roy married LaRae Murdock Rhees on November 17, 1950 and adopted Rae's daughter, Marca Jean. They made their home in Roosevelt. Rae died in June 1963 and is buried in the Heber City Cemetery. One year following Rae's death, Roy married Lucille Coleman and they were sealed for time and all eternity on July 15, 1997 in the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple. Lucille worked as a sales ring clerk and bookkeeper with Roy and Dean at the Uinta Sales Barn until their retirement in 1980. That year they built a new home on the old Todd homestead in Heber City and began a new life of church activity, family history, traveling in their RV, golf and keeping up with their many friends and grandchildren. Roy is survived by his sister, Josie Hicken, daughter Jean, nine grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.Roy would say his life was nothing exceptional, that he was just doing his part to take care of business and his family. However, for those of us who knew him well, we saw diligence, devotion and constancy in the extreme. His quiet wisdom, fortitude, integrity and patience in the face of hardship was exemplary. He will be greatly missed - - - Dad, We Love You.Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 22, 2011 11:00 am in the Heber LDS 9th Ward, 325 East 500 North, Heber City. Friends may visit with the family at the viewings on Friday from 6:00 8:00 pm at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main Street, Heber City, and on Saturday from 9:30 10:30 am prior to the services at the LDS Church. Interment will follow in the Heber City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinhoopes.com