J. Stuart McMaster, born August 10, 1903 in Brigham City, Utah to Thomas M. and Lavinia Fishburn McMaster, died September 25, 1992 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah of causes incident to age.
He married his high-school sweetheart, Clara Elizabeth Watkins in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 17, 1927. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1926 with BA and LLB degrees. He worked his way through college and law school by playing and singing with a group called the Harmony Nighthawks. He had 36 years of service with the U.S. Department of Interior and was instrumental in preparing legislation for the creation of water-conservancy districts throughout the western United States. He received the Dept. of Interior's highest awards of Superior Service and Citation for Distinguished Service. He was also named a recipient of the Merit of Honor Award by the University of Utah Emeritus Club and received the Harris Fine Arts Award for community service from Brigham Young University. He accepted these honors with gratitude befitting a man of diligence, but the things he treasured most could be found in close proximity to his Kensington Avenue home. He was a faithful churchman through all his years, noted for his kindness and purity of service. Stuart and Clara are known for their community service having sung together for over 65 years at various functions throughout the valley. He served as bishop of the Edgehill Ward, counselor to the president of the Hillside Stake, Stake Patriarch, and President of the Missouri-Independence Mission.Survived by his wife, four children: Diane McCoun, John S. McMaster, Thomas W. McMaster, and Brent W. McMaster; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his brother, Robert Fishburn McMaster.
Funeral services Wednesday, September 30th, at 12 noon, Hillside Stake Center, 1400 South 1900 East. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Tuesday evening 6-8 pm, and at the Stake Center on Wednesday, 10:45-11:45 am. Burial will be at the Brigham City Cemetery.
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