Stanley Nate of Hyrum, Utah, passed away at Legacy House in Logan on Friday, Feb. 8, three days shy of his 91st birthday.
Stan was born in Dingle, Idaho, on Feb. 11, 1922, to Cornell Walton Nate and Alice Grimmett Sparks. He was delivered by his grandmother while his father went to town to get the doctor. He was the fifth of six children.
Stan’s school days were all spent in Cokeville, where he graduated in 1940. He was well known for picking fights and then letting his two older brothers do the fighting. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Fern Langford, on May 17, 1941, at the courthouse in Randolph, Utah, with his mother and oldest sister as witnesses. After the brief ceremony, Stan went home with his mother and Fern returned to her parents’ home. It was several days before she told her folks of the marriage. Her father offered her $1,000 to have the marriage annulled but she refused; Stan and Fern would have celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary this May.
Stan spent his life as a rancher, running a dairy, and as a carpenter and school bus driver.
In 1971 Stan and Fern moved from Cokeville to Hyrum and Stan began working for USU Housing. After having a heart attack, he took a medical retirement at the age of 59.
They were temple workers for seven years and enjoyed every minute of it. Stan loved spending time with his family, working with horses and sports.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Leon, Orson and Gerald; sisters Zell Nate Robison and Jane Nate Richards; one daughter, Garnett Nate James; granddaughter-in-law Zoe Nuttal Nate; and great-granddaughter Lexi Keyte Henriksen.
Stan is survived by his wife, Fern, and children Lucille Layland of Logan, Cornell (Susan) Nate of Stansbury Park, Utah, Colleen Nate of Logan, Keith (Lynette) Nate of Cokeville, Kent (Jane) Nate of Salt Lake City, and son-in-law Alan (Bonnie) James of Logan.
He has 19 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren with two more on the way, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at Hyrum Second Ward Chapel, located at 455 East 100 South in Hyrum. There will be a viewing Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home in Logan, and also Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the ward building in Hyrum. Burial will be in the Cokeville cemetery at approximately 3 p.m.