27 Jan Rod Stone
Rod Stone, a fiercely independent man, departed from this life on January 24,2021, following a prolonged but valiant struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Rod was not a big talker, but he was a skilled and competent person who was well-informed on a wide range of subjects and knew how to get things done. He could frame a house, put up sheetrock, lay tile, wire and plumb. (One of his favorite TV programs was “This Old House.”) He could fix a car and expertly navigate the Internet. He was a superior cook and knew how to stock and manage an effective kitchen. Rod was a proud graduate of West High School (Class of ’63) and the University of Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.. He served in the U.S Army for two years in the mid-1960s, and then worked as a systems manager at UNISYS for many years. After retirement, Rod continued being engaged in the work-world through several entrepreneurial business activities. Rod was a long-time member of the University of Utah Crimson Club and a devoted fan of Ute football, basketball, and the Red Rocks Women’s gymnastics team. From an early age, however, Rod’s favorite sport was baseball, and he developed an acute knowledge of the game, including precise familiarity with Major League Baseball statistics and of the teams and players—both historic and contemporary—whose achievements adorn baseball record books. Rod also enjoyed theater and much preferred seeing live stage performances over movies. He loved dogs, and he and his wife, Susan, have, for many years, provided a loving adoptive home for golden retrievers through Companion Golden Retriever Rescue. Rod was an honorable man who disdained showoffs and hated cant and hypocrisy. He had a dry sense of humor and a caustic wit that he displayed right up to his final moments. The unanimous sentiment of his family is: “We love you. We are glad you are now at peace, but we will miss you terribly.” Rod is survived by his wife, Susan Shepherd Stone; his six children: Jeff (Michelle), Steve (Karri), Karen Stone Hall (Rob), Lynett, Rebecca, and Judy Stone Powell; KDawn Stone; Rod’s former wife, Linda (the mother of Rod’s children); fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren; numerous in-laws; and two devoted golden retrievers: Riley and Aspen. On January 30, 2021, a family-only gathering was held at City View Mortuary, following which Rod was interred at the Salt Lake City cemetery. A “celebration of Rod’s life” event will be announced at a later time.