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December 16, 1930 – November 22, 2018
Roy Fitzgerald Stewart, 87, Passed away peacefully on November 22, 2018, at Terrace Grove Assisted Living, where he had lived happily for several years. Roy was born December 16, 1930, 5 minutes before his twin brother Reid, at their family home at 249 South 100 East in Logan, Utah. The premature twins were very tiny and miraculously lived, being best of friends for the following nearly 88 years. Roy was the 4th of 5 children born to Vilate Sandberg and Eugene F. Stewart.
Roy attended Logan City Public Schools, helped on the family farm and learned to play the piano. He graduated from LDS Seminary and Logan High School in the class of 1949. Roy and Reid served honorable missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Eastern States Mission, serving in New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. Roy and Reid were companions for 6 months of their mission, and were cast in the Palmyra Hill Cumorah Pageant, “America’s Witness For Christ”. While at the pageant, the missionaries slept in the Joseph Smith home, where the Angel Moroni had appeared to The Prophet Joseph Smith. During their missionary service in Philadelphia and New Jersey, Roy and Reid were instrumental in bringing the Gospel to several families in an area where there had never been a convert baptism. All of those convert families stayed true to the faith and the Philadelphia Temple now stands in the center of their area.
Roy graduated from Utah State University in secondary education with 4 teaching majors, English, Music, Business and Social Science. He received a commission in Army ROTC and became a first Lieutenant in the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox Kentucky. After serving there on active duty, he served in the Army Reserve for several years. Roy was very patriotic and loved America.
Roy worked at the Thiokol Chemical Corp. as Assistant to the Director of Administration and Payroll. He studied Music and English at University of Utah, history and social science at San Francisco State College and San Fernando Valley State College, and graduated from the Berlitz Language School in Spanish. Roy taught English, shorthand and typing at Granger High School in Salt Lake City and in Los Angeles, California. He did graduate work at Utah State where he taught Shorthand and Typing. He was employed by the University to play the piano for USU at Universities and High Schools from Logan to St. George to recruit students for the USU Fine Arts Dept. He played at commencement exercises at the request of Dr. Daryl Chase, President of USU. He played on the Liberace Telethon representing Utah State in Salt Lake City. He played the Logan Tabernacle Organ for tourists while he worked for USU. He was stake and ward organist in stakes in Utah and California. He was an officiator in the Los Angeles Temple for five years, where he also played the organ. Roy was proud to be a grandson of James Z. Stewart, who together with Mileton Trejo completed the original Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon. Roy and Reid donated the original copy of the first Spanish translation to the Church archives.
Roy loved to travel. He traveled through southern Europe 3 months in 1958 where he attended the World’s fair in Brussels Belgium. Roy traveled extensively on all the continents and both hemispheres. He had the opportunity to visit and attend many of the international LDS Temples during his travels. He attended the dedication of the Mexico City Temple. He did temple work in the Guadalajara Mexico Temple, the New Zealand Temple, the Sydney Australia Temple the Hawaiian temples the London England Temple, the Madrid Spain Temple, and the Bern Switzerland Temple. He visited the LDS Jerusalem center, where he traveled with the Tabernacle Choir on their concert tour. He also traveled through Egypt with the Choir.
He was married to Lela May Zollinger (deceased) in the Logan Temple. Roy was survived by his very devoted brother Reid Stewart (Ruth), 16 nieces and nephews, 51 grand nieces and nephews and over 100 great-grand nieces and nephews, that all loved their Uncle Roy very much and tried to include him in all of their family activities. Roy contributed generously to each of his beloved nieces and nephews missions.
Roy was preceded in Death by his Parents, Vilate and Eugene Stewart, his eternal companion Lela May Zollinger, his brothers Eugene and Denzil (Beth) and sister Kathleen (Quintin) Barker. The family is honoring Uncle Roy’s wishes by having his body cremated and memorializing him at his gravesite in the Logan Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 at 2 p.m.
The Stewart family wants to express thanks for the many kindnesses extended to our beloved Uncle Roy by the many workers at the Terrace Grove Assisted Living, including Karmon and her excellent Staff. Condolences may be expressed online at www.allenmortuaries.net
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