Saturday, April 16, 2011

Memories

My friend's husband passed away this week. It's strange. He was only 46. Complications of a heart attack. Jeanette is a widow. Much too young for either of them. He was supportive and kind. A gentle giant with an eye for photography, a quick smile, and an easy laugh. He will be greatly missed. I am greatful to know that death is not forever.

I couldn't find his obituary online, but have copied what a friend forwarded me below and the link to an article about his passing: the lacross head coach at Lone Peak High School.


Randy Stout (1965-2011)

Randall Alan Stout (Randy) passed away suddenly on April 12, 2011 in Provo, Utah, after a severe heart attack. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Randy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on May 14, 1965, fourth child to Lois and Monte Stout. As the youngest child, he was adored and tormented in equal measure by his three older siblings, Mark, Lisa (Brodie), and Conrad. He quickly became a promising athlete just to keep up with his brothers and sister.

He attended Randallstown High School in Maryland, where he was a star football and lacrosse player, heavily sought after by college recruiters. He also studied violin on a full scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory. His football coaches were instructed to wrap his hands well before games to protect his fingers.

Randy served an honorable two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in San Diego, California, after which he attended Brigham Young University. He played football for the BYU Cougars for several seasons as a kicker.

At BYU, he met his beautiful wife Jeanette. They were married on April 18, 1987, in the LDS Seattle Washington Temple. They have five wonderful, athletic children: Aaron-22, Zachary-19, Jacob-16, Joshua-12, and Jessica-10 years old.

Randy was a devoted and loving father, and dedicated himself to supporting all their activities. He started out coaching Jr. Jazz basketball, and eventually became the coach of Lone Peak High School Lacrosse team, leading them to a state championship. He was still coaching his two youngest sons at the time of his death.

Randy was greatly loved and admired throughout the Utah Lacrosse community for the relationships he created with the boys. He led them with kindness, and created powerful players who were respected nationwide for their skill and sportsmanship.

He also kept up his violin skills, playing 1st violin with the Utah Valley Symphony, and serving as Concertmaster of the Timpanogos Festival Orchestra for 15 years. The yearly Christmas cd’s he created, on which he sang in a warm, lovely tenor, are popular throughout Alpine and beyond. This year over 1,000 copies were shared with family and friends.

Randy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and was serving in his ward as choir director. He was so proud of his son Aaron who just completed an honorable mission in El Salvador, and of Zach’s decision to leave home to serve a mission in Finland this summer.

Randy worked at Fidelity Investments for twenty years, where he was loved for his great attitude and incredibly funny sense of humor. Randy had that rare ability to make people laugh, which he did constantly. It was hard to be sad around Randy, because with a few well-chosen words, he could make you laugh for hours.

After Randy’s father Monte suffered severe brain damage from an unsuccessful surgery, Randy couldn’t stand to see him in a nursing home, and so created a hospital room for him at home. Randy and Jeanette lovingly cared for him in their home for five years until his death in 2000.

Randy’s contributions to church, family, and the community have been extensive. He was a great man, who leaves behind a legacy of service, love and laughter. We mourn his passing. We were not ready to let him go.

An educational account has been established for Randy’s children at the Bank of American Fork. In lieu of flowers or other donations, please make contributions to The Fund For Randy Stout.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 12 noon at 98E Canyon Crest Drive in Alpine, Utah. There will be a viewing for family and friends prior to the funeral at 10:30-11:45am. Interment will be afterward at the Alpine City Cemetery.



Have I told you lately that I love you? If not, I LOVE YOU! And, please, take good care of yourself.

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