Thomas Albert Stocks, 78, passed away of a heart attack suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. Tom was born Jan. 6, 1933 in Moab, and had been a resident of North Las Vegas since 2005.
Tom dedicated his life to community service: he was mayor of Moab, Utah (1982-1997), served on the Moab City Council for four years, was president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Grand County Hospital Board.
Tom also served the state of Utah in many roles; serving on the board of directors of the League of Cities and Towns and later as president; member of the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board, the Utah Winter Olympic Oversight Committee, and the Utah Governor’s Advisory Council.
After becoming empty nesters, Tom and his wife Gay moved to southwest Utah, where Tom continued as a community leader, serving as mayor of La Verkin, Utah (2002-2005).
Tom was a Korean War veteran, serving as an Army NCO in Korea at the tail end of the Korean War, continuing on in the Army Reserves to the Utah National Guard. Following the war, Tom used his GI Bill to earn an accounting degree.
After the war he moved back to Moab, where he was principle owner of Stocks Accounting. Later, he and Gay owned and operated the Mayor’s House Bed and Breakfast for nine years, regaling visitors with stories of Moab.
Most recently, Tom was an extremely active and beloved resident of Sun City Aliante, North Las Vegas, Nev., where he served on the Architectural Review Committee and was very active in the veterans group of Sun City Aliante.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Gay; his seven children, Tonja (of Alexandria, VA), NanEtte (of Dallas, Texas), Corinne (of Cottonwood, Ariz.), LoRen (of Moab), Tommy (of Denver, Colo.), Jay (of Moab), Amy Gay (of Moab); 19 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and one brother and seven sisters.
Visitation and viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary, located at 386 North 100 West in Moab.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, there will be a viewing at noon, followed by services at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, located at 701 Locust Lane in Moab. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Tom’s honor.