Jack Stratford Jr.
1938 ~ 2015
loving father, grandfather, brother and husband passed away
peacefully in his home Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 with
his wife and 4 children by his side.
He was born in Glendale, California February 18, 1938 to
Theron Jack Stratford Sr. and Virginia Lee French. At the
age of 4 his family moved to San Bernardino, California
where he lived most of his life until he moved to Lehi,
Utah in 2004.
In 1958 he served an LDS mission to the Argentina, Buenos
Aires mission. After his mission he began dating Linda Rae
Terry. As their love grew they knew they wanted to be together
forever. They were sealed as Eternal Companions on February
24, 1961 in the Los Angeles, California Temple. This was
the beginning of their Eternal Family.
From 1961 to 1963 he served in the US Army as a small arms
instructor and a firearms specialist. He also enjoyed sports.
BYU was his favorite football team to watch and he looked
forward to every game. He was such a big BYU fan that when
his doctor would ask him how he was doing, he would say,
“Well, I had to tell Bronco (BYU's head coach), I
can't play this week”. His personality brought many
smiles to the faces of all who knew him. He made everyone
laugh. Rarely did we get a picture with a smile. When the
camera was on him the goofy, silly looks came out. We all
loved this about him. He knew how to make us smile.
Being outdoors and camping was relaxing to Jack. He enjoyed
taking his family camping to the Stratford family property
in Kolob, Utah. He also enjoyed taking his Scout troop camping
as their Scout Master. He was involved in all of his kids
activities. Whether it was baseball, school projects, or
dance, he was an active supporter. He was even known to
write love notes with permanent marker in large print on
Shauna and Steven’s baseball gloves!
Jack was known as a hard worker. He was always involved
in a project and it usually included one of his children
or grandchildren at his side, teaching as they went along.
We rarely saw him doing nothing. He loved to tease and play
jokes. He even made going to the doctor a fun experience.
Jack was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints and served diligently for many years
in many callings, including the Timpanogos Temple, and loved
every one of them. He was happiest when he was serving others
and helping to move the work forward. He lived his life
in dedication to his family and his Heavenly Father.
He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Shelly Rose
(Glen), daughter Susan Baird (Kent), daughter Shauna Ochs
(Eric), son Steven (Brandy) Stratford and sister Nancy Brown
who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents,
his brother Jerry and 3 of his sons Leland Ray, Harvey Theron
and Steven Dale.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015
at 11:00 am in the Cedar Hollow Stake Center, 2178 North
1200 East, Lehi, Utah. Family and friends may call on Monday
from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment
will follow the services at the Highland City Cemetery in
He teased, he laughed, he loved…and we love him.