Marland Ned "Whitey" Stagg1933 ~ 2012After a long goodbye, Marland Ned "Whitey" Stagg returned home to his Heavenly Father, with his loving wife of 53 years by his side on January 24, 2012 at his home in Vernal, Utah after enduring the final years of his life with Alzheimer's Disease.Marland was born on February 11, 1933 in Vernal to John and Mabel Preece Stagg. He graduated from Uintah High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War and then graduated from Brigham Young University. He married Betty Joan Wilson in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 18, 1958. They lived most of their married life in Vernal and were blessed with five children.Marland coached and taught school at Vernal Jr. High and Uintah High School for 33 years, then continued coaching until fully retiring in 2002. He taught over 4,000 students to drive and coached both boys and girls basketball and cross country. He was a positive influence on those that he taught and coached. He will always be remembered for his dry sense of humor. Marland was a faithful member of the LDS Church serving in many callings including Bishop and Ordinance Worker in the Vernal Temple. He spent countless hours serving others, helping neighbors, and visiting the widowed. He is survived by his wife; Betty, and five children; Marilyn (Jeff) Kline of West Jordan, Utah, Brent (Laura) of Saint George, Utah, Ron (Beth) of Logan, Utah, Sharie Stagg of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Brian (Taija) of Visalia, California, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and sister; Bonnie Osterstock of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Jack, Gordon, Deone, and sister; Sally Simmons. The family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to all those who have helped with caring for Marland through the years-especially those who have provided loving care the past few years at the Uintah Care Center, Good Shepherd Hospice, neighbors, and friends. You were all so wonderful and caring.Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Vernal 5th Ward LDS Chapel (250 North 200 West). Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6-8 at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and 1 hour prior to services at the chapel. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors by the American Legion Post 124 and 11 and the Utah Army National Guard. Services were entrusted to the care of the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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