Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Orville T. (`O.T.') Stuard, passed away peacefully November 29, 1990 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 79.
Born June 24, 1911 in Springfield, Missouri to Bessie Saunders and Thomas Watt (T.W.) Stuard. Married Leona Connary, July 15, 1931 in Salt Lake City. Graduated from Salt Lake City's East High School in 1929, where he was a member of ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps).While attending East High he owned and operated the Theatre Fountain Lunch in downtown Salt Lake City, and in 1929 moved to Los Angeles, California where he managed the Cafe while continuing his education. He constructed and operated Stuard Appliance and Coal Company from 1943-1976 when he retired. In 1940, he organized the Intermountain Truckers Association and published its weekly paper.
He owned and operated many business enterprises including the Clairmont Apartments in Salt Lake. O.T. was active in many civic and service organizations dating back to his early years in business. He helped organize the first blood bank in Salt Lake; also the Safety Sally Signs programs for school crossings. He was a charter member of the East Millcreek Lions Club also the 20-30 club which was a forerunner for the Jr.Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Bonneville Kiwanis Club in 1945 and, in 1965, received a 30-year Legion of Honor Award for faithful service. As a prominent businessman he was elected as a director of Valley Bank in June 1953 where he served until 1987 on the Valley Utah Bancorp Advisory Board. Another business interest was his Lake View Ranch in Kalispell, Montana. He has owned and operated the timber growing, logging and christmas tree growing operations for over 40 years. One year he was the "Christmas Tree Father of the Year." 32nd-degree Mason and belonged to Acacia Lodge and was a Shriner. Collected foreign and rare coins, such as the 15,000 Indian-head pennies for his firstborn.
He always had praise for his loving partner-his wife, Leona, whom he shared 59 beautiful years and is survived by his wife; a daughter, Dee Taix, Los Angeles, California and Mrs. Robert (Cheri) Rose, Las Vegas, Nevada; four grandchildren and one great-granchild; and a sister, Margie McMurray, Seattle, Washington.
Funeral services Tuesday, December 4th, 2 pm, Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call Monday evening 6-8 pm, and Tuesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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