[Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Larry Stocks, a lifelong resident of Moab, Utah, left his earthly existence on Friday, April 8, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was 85.

His family remembers Larry for his wry sense of humor, his dedication to his wife and his willingness to help anyone in need. He was also a noted “backyard mechanic.”

He was born in Moab on April 24, 1930, to Leonard H. and Laura Ames Stocks, the second of twin boys. He graduated from Grand County High in 1948 and then he and his twin brother Lee enlisted in the Navy. After basic training at the Naval Training Station in San Diego, Larry was sent to the Technical Training Unit, NAS, in Pensacola, Florida, where he was an aviation photographer. He served aboard the escort carrier USS Kula Gulf until his discharge in 1952.

After returning to Moab, he worked in uranium mining and construction, and retired from TGI. After retiring, he worked summers for the National Park Service.

Larry earned his private pilot’s license in 1958 and was a member of the Red Rock Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, spending many hours flying search missions for missing aircraft. He was an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished handyman.

Larry, a member of the LDS Church, served as finance clerk for the Third Ward for many years. He also worked in the local Family History Center, and was a home teacher and Scout leader.

He married Marjorie McKinnon on June 14, 1969. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Monticello Temple.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; four children: Jessie Ann Broncheau from a previous marriage, Lauri Stout (Steve), Bryan McKinnon (Belinda) and Merri Floto (Neil). He is also survived by one brother, Lee; fourteen grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Margie and Peggy; and daughter Jane.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 11, at the Moab LDS Stake Center. Burial was held at Grand Valley Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.