Sunday, August 22, 2010

Melvin Grant (Bond) Stockdale

Melvin Grant (Bond) Stockdale, 81, El Dorado Springs, was taken home on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 15, 1929. He was the fourth child in a row of six children to Robert Stockdale and Mary Ethel Agar.

Bond joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and dedicated two years of his life for the Lord by serving a mission in South Africa.

On July 15, 1954, Bond was united in marriage to Joy Velma (Lorea) Walsh. To this union two sons were added, Bryan Victor and Daniel Lynn.

He worked as a carpenter, owned and operated a health food store and worked for Simpsons Sears in Canada. Having grown up in Canada, Bond immigrated to the U.S.A. which he longed to do. His family crossed the border on March 4, 1967, as they set out for Salt Lake City, UT.

Bond continued working for Sears at Salt Lake City, UT, until he had the urge to move again which brought him to Palo Alto, CA, where he continued to work for Sears. Bond was a super salesman and won many awards for selling various products in his career. Bond retired from Sears and moved to St. George, UT, where he worked in yard care service and a plant nursery. Bond loved to garden and to help people with their health needs. Bond moved to El Dorado Springs in 2003 to be closer to family.

Bond was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one sister, one brother and three great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his sons, Daniel (Dianna) Stockdale - El Dorado Springs, Bryan (Paula) Stockdale - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; 11 grandchildren, Stephanie Romero - Salt Lake City, UT, Brandon Stockdale - Salt Lake City, UT, Monti (Brandi) Stockdale - St. George, UT, Summer Sargent - Middleton, ID, Paul (Jennifer) Stockdale – Butler, Ryan (Karia) Stockdale - Middleton, ID, Joy (Michael) Hull - Seven Lakes, NC, Rosemary (Aaron) Freeman - Overton, NV, Savannah Stockdale - Meridian, ID, Timothy Stockdale - Overton, NV, and Louis Stockdale - El Dorado Springs; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Due to blended families he had many more loved ones.

Viewing began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Stockton. Services followed at 10 a.m. Burial was in the Stockton City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bond Stockdale’s Memorial Fund at Mid-Missouri Bank to assist with final expenses.