Keith Brent Stoddard, age 77, of Pleasant Grove, Utah passed away in Orem, Utah on December 20, 2019. He was born June 18, 1942 in Los Angeles CA to Archibald Gilbert and Beverly Irene Lyon Stoddard. Keith grew up as an only child, but got to become a big brother to his little sister Beverly Kaye (Becky) while he was away serving in the mission field. His mother contracted tuberculosis so he went to live with his grandparents in Idaho while she healed. When he was 9 his parents rejoined him in Pocatello, where he resided the remainder of his childhood. He helped his father build their family home on Quinn Road.
He had a lot of friends and had many fun gatherings with them at his parents' home growing up. One of the highlights of his high school career was singing in the Gate City Singers, the local elite high school choir. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1961. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the London/British Isles mission. When he returned, he began attending college, starting at Idaho State University, and ending up in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University.
Keith joined the Navy in 1965. He did basic training in Key West, FL and loved driving across the country. One of his great passions in life was driving on long car trips. He was stationed in Hawaii and traveled all over the Pacific. He served as a Submarine Sonar Technician. One highlight of his Navy service time was being able to fly his father, mother and little sister over to the islands to spend Christmas with him in 1970. Keith met his lifelong friends, Clayton and Marcia Conn while serving in Hawaii. They became a second family to Keith and his family.
He often remarked that the very greatest highlight of his time in Hawaii was meeting the love of his life, Annette Mathews, at church one Sunday in May of 1971. She was there vacationing with her cousin, and he was on leave for the weekend. They felt like they knew each other from somewhere before. After spending the week together, Keith proposed to her on Friday before he shipped out. Annette flew home to Utah and planned the wedding and they were married 6 weeks later on June 28, 1971 in the Salt Lake Temple, after less than 2 weeks in each other's physical presence.
Keith and Annette spent the first 10 months of their marriage living on the Hawaiian Islands. They welcomed their first child, Brent Mathews, in May of 1972. The Navy transferred Keith to the mainland, and they settled down in California. Their second son, Sean David, was born in December 1973. Two years later the family welcomed their first daughter, Heather Leilani, in April 1976. Keith was discharged from the Navy in 1978.
A civilian job beckoned the family across the country to Fredrick, MD, where the family bought their first home. They stayed for only 18 months before the love of their family and the West called them back home, and they settled down in Utah county. In June of 1980, the family welcomed their 4th child, their baby girl, Jennifer Tiana. Keith attended Brigham Young University and started his employment at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. Keith worked at the MTC for over 30 years. They bought a home in Pleasant Grove in 1994 and Keith loved living on his favorite mountain, Mt. Timpanogos.
Keith and Annette enjoyed their retirement years by traveling to see family and explore the west coast. They loved spending time with their grandchildren and making memories with each of them. He cared for Annette through many difficult medical challenges, before she passed away just last year in December of 2018.
Keith loved reading and was an avid collector of many books, especially church literature. He also loved collecting stamps and coins. When he was a young adult, he loved going skiing in Utah's mountains. Keith also had a passion for trains, which probably stemmed from both of his grandfathers' service for the Railroad. "Let's go smoke Crayolas" was a code phrase to his kids that he wanted to go on a long car ride. Keith also loved recording his favorite TV shows, M*A*S*H and Star Trek, onto VHS tapes. He loved doing family history and spent the last few years gathering names and taking them to the temple.
Keith served in many callings for the church including, as an Area 70, Ward Mission Leader, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, serving in a BYU ward Bishopric and two MTC Mission Presidency. He served faithfully as a Provo Temple worker for 4 years and then a Mount Timpanogos Temple worker for 22 years. His latest health decline began when he collapsed while serving at the temple, suffering a major stroke and massive heart attack. In the last months of his life he fought hard to regain his independence at Orchard Park Acute Rehab. On December 17, 2019, Keith experienced a second heart attack and stroke on the other side of his body and was placed on hospice the following day.The family is sincerely grateful for the service and kindness to Keith received in his final days.
He is survived by his children Brent (Nicole) Stoddard, Sean (Katina) Stoddard, Heather (Jestin) Dorius, Jennifer (Clint) Campbell. He had 16 grandchildren, Anthony Stoddard, William (Becca) Stoddard, Morgan (Makenzie) Stoddard, Joey Stoddard, Emmalee (Colton) Smith, Britt (Ian) Cameron, AJ (Lacey) Lott, Cody Dorius, Jesselynn Stoddard, Kole Watson, Robert Stoddard, Cameron Dorius, Trinity Watson, Caleb Dorius, Kate Jo Stoddard, and Bethani Stoddard, as well as 2 "grand-cats"; he is also survived by his sister, Beverly Kaye (Kevin) McOmber and brother-in law Robert (Christine) Mathews, as well as 3 nephews and five nieces. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Annette, his father and mother, his Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law, Ruthford and Ruth Mathews, and an infant nephew.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Battle Creek Seventh Ward Chapel, 1107 East 200 South, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 72. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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