John Stoddart

Died: Tue., May 15, 2012

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sun., Jun. 10, 2012

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Jack (John) Stoddart died peacefully at home on the ranch in Burns, Oregon on May 15, 2012. He was born April 10, 1917in Borough of Kingston, PA to John Stoddart and Katherine C. Beck Hopkins. His childhood years were spent in Ross, CA where he attended Tamelpais Boys School. At age 18 he moved to Hollister, CA when his family purchased the Call Ranch. He graduated from high school in Hollister, CA and then attended University of California at Davis, CA.

On April 15, 1944, he married Lois Fancher.  They moved to the Call Ranch where they began their family of their three daughters.  In 1950 the Stoddart Brothers purchased the Crooked Creek Ranch in Southeastern Oregon and Jack and Lois moved their young family to Oregon where they have continued their life work and passion for ranching.
Jack was an extraordinary, fun-loving family oriented character who saw humor in situations that could otherwise be difficult and explosive. Not only was Jack a rancher and cattleman, but also a fine horseman who took much pride in riding a good horse. His style and discipline was that of the old vaquero. and with a riata,  he was an outstanding roper. A southpaw,  he was known for his expertise and accuracy throwing shots like theculo, turn over, back hand, under hand and the figure 8, just to name a few.  To many aspiring to the trade he was a great mentor and an even better friend. His best wish would be for all his friends to know he appreciated their laughter, stories, and companionship. He loved his horses, cows, wife, children, dogs, friends and the 49-ers [not necessarily in that order].  “We rode many a mile together, not always in perfect harmony, but with a lasting respect for one another.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Harry Stoddart II, and sister, Katherine C. Schenck.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois Fancher Stoddart; daughters; Jeanette (Richard) Yturriondobeitia, Becky (Gary )Rose, Lyn (Scott) VanArsdale; grandchildren; Dan (Jen) Yturriondobeitia, Jaime (Bob) Yturriondobeitia, Charmarie (Chad) Bradach, J.W. (Kelli) Rose, Samantha (Roy) Dowell, Todd (Angie) Garrett, Christy (Matt) Reese, Katie (Josh) Kay; great-grandchildren John Barry Rose, Tommy Jack Rose, Emily Rose Dowell, Jackie Rae Dowell, Skyler Garrett, Gavin Reese, Owen Reese, Christian Kay, Caleb Kay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial, celebration of Jack’s life, will be held at 12-Mile Ranch on June 10th at 1:00 p.m.  BBQ and refreshments will be provided.  Please bring your favorite picture and story to share.

Donations, in his memory, may be made to Harney County High School Rodeo Team or Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.  You can sign the online guestbook at and send your condolences to the family.

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Lois Murray
   Posted Mon May 21, 2012
I am so sadden to hear of Jacks passing, My heart and prayers goes out to the whole Stoddart Family. He was one great man and I have very fond memories of staying at the Stoddart ranch when I was young. God Bless all of you. I send hugs to all of you. Loie Murray, Nampa, Idahoeith

vicky brown
   Posted Mon May 21, 2012
I have such wonderful memories of riding on the ranch and branding calves with this great man. He always had a smile and an encouraging word for anyone who needed one. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts and prayers are with this great family.

Ray & Lova Easterday Hagerman, Idaho
   Posted Tue May 22, 2012
Lois & family, We are so sorry to hear of Jack''s death. I can surely remenber the first time I rode into the Crooked Creek ranch hungry and cold and met you and Jack, but I left warm and full and had met new friends. That has been a long time ago. Ray R. Easterday

Russel and Ingrid Higgins
   Posted Thu May 24, 2012
So sorry to hear of the passing of a great man. He was a true friend and his cheerful and positive attitude will be missed. We will always treasure his advice and his hugs and his "chuckle" will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will treasure the memories! Russel and Ingrid

Patti Wagner
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Jack passing. My heart goes out to you all. My parents always thought so much of Jack and Lois. All of the memories that you have are so special, take care. Patti (Bennett) Wagner

Fred and Judy Wilkinson
   Posted Mon May 28, 2012
Dear Lois and Family,
Fred spoke with Janette to send our love and support your way. We are flying to Florida to attend a wedding during the time of the memorial and we are very sorry we can''t be at the services.
Jack was always a favorite of ours and we have many fond memories from BLM meetings to community parties, and election days.
His many strenghts will live on through his posterity. Please know that we think of you often and hope peace will come to the family.
Love, Fred and Judy Wilkinson

Roberto Asategui Iturriondobeitia
   Posted Sat July 07, 2012
My condolences for all the Stoddart family and for all my Yturriondobeitia cousins

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