William (Bill) John Stuart, age 65, passed away peacefully in his home in Woodruff, Utah, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Bill was born June 17, 1954, in Evanston, to Louis and Joan Stuart. He was raised in Woodruff, Utah, working alongside his father and brothers on the family ranch. He graduated from South Rich High School in 1972, where he excelled in basketball, rodeo, football and baseball.
After high school, he attended Dixie State and Utah State, graduating with a teaching degree in mathematics. While in college, he was on the Utah State Rodeo team, where he met many lifelong friends. He team-roped and calf-roped during his time in Logan.
In 1979, while attending Utah State, he met the love of his life, Cynthia Ann Perkins, from Keota, Oklahoma, and in June of 1983, he somehow convinced her to elope to Elko, Nevada, and then live in the coldest town in Utah. In 1997, Bill and Cindy were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan Utah Temple with their four children.
One of dad’s favorite pastimes was to ride horses in the roping arena or in the mountains, working and playing alongside his family. Many memories were made, and life lessons learned on the backs of the great horses dad took pride in raising.
Bill loved Cindy, his kids, his grandbabies, the ranch, team roping, life, family and the Jazz. He loved teasing nieces and nephews, and as they outgrew his teasing and jokes, along came nine grandkids whom he loved dearly, and he always looked forward to spending time with them.
Bill was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many capacities, from bishopric down to his favorite calling in the nursery.
Bill is survived by his sweetheart, Cindy Stuart, of Woodruff; four children: Sammi Stuart of Pocatello, Idaho, Louie Stuart (Chelsie) of Woodruff, Tyler Stuart (Kylee) of Laketown, Utah, and Parker Stuart (Katie) of Kemmerer; and his nine grandchildren: Lucy, Traiden, Clay, Kaislee, Haven, Traxton, Hallie, Krew and Jaxson.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Louis and Joan Stuart; and his brother, Dean Stuart.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel, 180 S. Main St., Woodruff, Utah. Friends may visit family Friday from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel.
The family offers a special thank you to Dr. Coleman and Dr. Strope and the staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute for their great care.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to Huntsman Cancer Institute.