George Edward Stoddard, 69, of Logan, died Thursday, February 14, 1991 at Logan Regional Hospital following a prolonged illness.
He was born July 15, 1921 in Boise, Idaho, the son of William Roy and Estella Hansen Stoddard. He married Corinne Marie Pecora on August 7, 1946 in the Logan LDS Temple.His early education was in the Boise school system. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Idaho and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a professor of dairy science at Iowa State University for three years prior to joining the staff at Utah State University, December of 1952, where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
He was head of the Dairy Science Department for 16 years and Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture for five years. He chaired and served on numerous committees and was the author and and co-author of over 250 scientific publications. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America. Who's Who in Science and in American Men of Science. He was a member of the American Dairy Commission, Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Zeta. He was selected as USU Outstanding Professor of 1975, and received numerous teaching, student and faculty awards during his professional tenure.
He was a retired Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served with distinction during WW II in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a member of the Marine Raiders and the 5th Marine Division's 28th Regiment. He was a decorated veteran, including the Purple Heart for wounds received during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was a member of "E" Company that raised the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi. He also served with the Eight Service Regiment's Service Command-FMF, Pacific as a Provost Marshall with the first occupation troops in Japan following the war.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in numerous church callings including officiator in the Logan Temple, High Priest Presidency, High Council, Bishop of the USU 2nd and 6th wards, and Director of the Logan Temple District Genealogical Data Entry Center. He was an avid genealogist throughout his life. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Logan 29th Ward.
He loved spending time with his family. All of whom brought him life's greatest joy. He is survived by his wife of Logan; three sons and two daughters and their spouses: Douglas G. and Susan Stoddard of Arlington, Texas; Steven E. and Susan Stoddard of Crestwood, Kentucky; Gary W. and Nan Stoddard of St. Paul, Minnesota; Karalee and Michael D. Salvesen of Nibley, Utah; and Shauna M. and Cpt. Robert F. Reeder of San Antonio, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving is a brother and two sisters, William N. Stoddard of Emmett, Idaho; Wilma Tracy of Boise, Idaho; and Gloria Hapgood of Boise, Idaho. He was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 12 noon, in the Logan Central LDS Stake Center, 1255 North 600 East Street, with Bishop Alfred L. Pace, 111 conducting. Friends may call Monday evening at Cranney Mortuary, from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the stake center Tuesday morning from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #7, Logan, Utah.
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