George P. Stoddard, 86, died peacefully at home in January with his wife Cherie by his side. George grew up in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, has resided for the past 22 years in Kayenta, Ivins, Utah.
As a young man, supporting a family, George held several jobs while learning to fly and earning an instructor and commercial pilot license. He was hired by Eastern Airlines, his career spanned 28 years. After Eastern Airlines disappeared, he returned to college and earned a Master of Arts and Psychology and a Specialist in Education degree from West Georgia University located in Carrollton, Georgia. He worked hard and with Cherie’s support he created another career in family counseling which allowed him to help others deal with life’s difficulties, especially those who were suffering from AIDS in the 1990s. .
After moving to Ivins, Utah, George served as a clinical therapist, working with adolescents at an adolescent treatment center for several years. He then established a private practice in family therapy until the opening of Gallery 873 in 2006, when he became the gallery’s accountant.
George was an active man, spending time on the golf course, skiing, running, biking, racquetball, pickleball and hiking. He also had a creative side which showed in his writing, he wrote many articles for publication in newspapers.
George and Cherie have spent many years photographing beautiful locations in the United States as well as overseas. This included several trips to Fenway Park so George could watch his beloved Boston Red Sox in person. Over the years, he enjoyed the three cats that shared his home.
George is survived by his wife of 39 years, seven children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cindy and two grandsons, Nathan and Walter.
A Fabulous Farewell event was held in November 2021 to honor George. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kayenta Center for the Arts (kayentaarts.com) for classical music concerts or to Ivins No Kill Animal Shelter on this website.