The rock of our family, Wallace Ted Eyre Stewart, passed away on August 30, 2014.
Dad was born on July 19, 1938 in Salt Lake City to Theodore Alonzo Stewart and Callie Drewery (Eyre) Stewart.
Dad's family lived in Salt Lake City for his first five years; his parents then moved the family to a farm in the Crescent, Sandy area. Thereafter, farming always remained an important part of Dad's life.
When Dad was nine-years-old, his family relocated to St. George. Dad had many fond memories of the Utah desert.
The family moved back to the Wasatch Front in Dad's teenage years. They bought a huge farm at the point of the mountain. Dad was then old enough to work alongside his father and brother on the farm. It was grueling labor.
Wally's life was forever changed when he met Dixie Richmond at a frost stop near Provo. Less than a year after meeting for the first time, the couple married on June 2, 1958 in the Salt Lake temple.
Wally and Dixie made their home in Draper where they raised their family.
Dad was no stranger to hard work. He worked two, sometimes three jobs to support his large family.
Dad worked at the Utah State Prison for thirty-two years. His tireless work ethic earned him the respect of both coworkers and inmates.
Dad had a burning testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He fervently shared this testimony with his children, friends and ward members.
Dad willingly served in a variety of church callings. He especially enjoyed his time in the Jordan River and Draper temple baptistries. He was a dedicated home teacher.
Dad was an avid reader of church history and U.S. presidents. He was a fan of old westerns, John Wayne, Abbott & Costello movies, Marty Robbins music and John Deere tractors.
Dad was heartbroken to lose Mom on September 22, 2001. He was grateful for the love and support of his children.
Dad married Celestia Whitehead on August 11, 2006. She was a loving and caring companion. Together they experienced Dad's first time seeing the ocean; they enjoyed traveling to Celestia's daughter's farm in Washington State.
Dad is preceded in death by his eternal companion (Dixie Ann Richmond Stewart); his daughter (Susan); his son (Benjamin); and his parents (Callie and Theodore).
He is survived by his wife (Celestia), six children: Mark (Cindy) Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Julie (Mitchell) Hirschi, Tina (Michael) McCafferty, Charity (Blake) Clark and Rebecca (Darron) Allen, 16 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and his brother Dale (Janet) Stewart.
Special "Heart" felt thank you to all the doctors and nurses at IMC Heart and Lung Center for your compassionate and professional care of Dad.
Dad, we cry over our loss, but smile over the joyous reunions taking place. Give Mom a big hug and kiss from all of us!.
*This was the original obituary I wrote for the newspaper. Unfortunately, this was not the one used in the paper. I was over ruled. I like this one better!