Theron Jack Stratford Jr.
1938 ~ 2015

Our 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 Highland, Utah.

He teased, he laughed, he loved…and we love him.

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