Royal B. Stone, 89, passed away peacefully, Monday, September 28, 1992 at the home of a daughter in Murray, Utah.
Royal was born Dec. 13, 1902 in the home of his parents, William John Stone and Elizabeth Emma Small Stone in Murray, Utah. He graduated from the LDS High School and the University of Utah, where he lettered as a miler on the track team. He met his wife Clara while they were both in the Hiking Club at the university. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 16, 1927. He began his career as a high school teacher, but soon found himself in Professional Scouting, a career he loved and served diligently for over 40 years. He was a field executive in Salt Lake City, and Tacoma, Washington before moving to Lewiston, Idaho, where he opened a new council and became a Scout Executive. He became a regional deputy in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. While on the national staff in New Jersey, he wrote pamphlets and books for the Scouting movement. During this time, he was also on the President's Council of Physical Fitness. As a field executive in Salt Lake, he introduced the "Camporee" which became an annual event at Liberty Park. Royal was in charge of building the Adirondack shelters still used by the scouts at Camp Steiner in the Uintas. He took a brief, four year leave from national scouting to establish the Youth Leadership Department at Brigham Young University. While he was a professor at BYU, he was Bishop of the BYU 7th Ward. After his retirement from scouting and teaching, he worked at Cook Lumber Co, in Salt Lake until he was 80 years old. He later received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards for his volunteer work in scouting.He is survived by his loving wife, Clara; his four children, Jayne Thurman, Dorothy Keil, Cynthia Turner, John R. Stone; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Cara and Trent Thurman; his brothers and sisters, Philip, Henry, Ralph, Emily and Ellennor.
Funeral services Friday, October 2, 12 noon, Midvale East 6th Ward, 7250 South 300 East, Midvale. The viewing will be held at the ward from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. preceding the funeral. Burial, Elysian Gardens.
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