Vernon Stuart (Stu) Hopkin of Woodruff, Utah, passed away at the age of 83 on July 6 at the Rocky Mountain Care facility in Evanston, surrounded by his family.
Stu was born on Feb. 18, 1934, to Vern and May Hopkin in Ogden, Utah. He was the third of five children and lived his entire life on the family ranch in Woodruff, Utah. He married Carol Gene Whitney (Cox) on Aug. 15, 1960, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they raised a family of 10 children.
Stuart and Carol were lifelong faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Stu held many callings throughout his life, including bishop, stake president and patriarch, and he and Carol served a mission to Charlotte, North Carolina, and served together as temple workers. Service to his Savior, his family and his fellow men was always the most important aspect of Stu’s life.
Stu was also a well-respected rancher and community member. He served as a county commissioner and worked hard to run a successful ranch. He worked closely with the Utah State extension service to improve his cattle herd and range and farm land through record keeping, soil testing, animal nutrition and cutting-edge grazing and farming practices. He was one of the first ranchers in the area to computerize his cattle records and finances.
To his family Stu will always be the ultimate example of kindness, humility, love and righteousness. Despite his many responsibilities and obligations, his wife, children and grandchildren always came first.
Stuart is survived by his sisters, Marian (Jack) Hickey and Millie (Jim) Albertson; his brother Bill (Vesta) Hopkin; his children, Vern Hopkin, JoJean (Sim) Weston, Mary (Mark) Ackerman, David (Kim) Hopkin, Michael (Debbie) Hopkin, Melissa (Thad) Willis, Chris (Michelle) Hopkin, Jennifer (Chad) Bullen, Sara (James) Graf and Andy (Lori) Hopkin; also 47 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; his brother Jim (Lael) Hopkin; and his grandson Jimmy Hopkin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Woodruff, Utah LDS chapel, followed by interment in the Woodruff Cemetery. Viewings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 14, and from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday before the funeral, both times at the Woodruff Ward building.
Thanks to all of Stuart’s friends and family for your love, prayers and condolences.
Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.