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Stuart Lynn Poelman

04/23/1937 - 10/09/2019

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Stuart Lynn Poelman 1937 – 2019. His life was well lived, and he was well loved! After courageously suffering with ill health for many years, the Lord called him home, with his loving wife by his side, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 82.

This honorable, hard-working, and generous man has left a permanent imprint on our hearts and souls. His influence for good will be remembered by many, most notably by his dedicated wife of 56 years, Helen (Ward) and his children Brad (Kimberly “Tee”), Shauna (Brian) Peterson, Heather, Brian, David (Natalie) and Kara (Paul) Kelly. He is the proud grandfather to 22 wonderful grandchildren and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends by whom he will be missed. Family was the pivotal essence of Stuart’s life.

Stuart was born on his family’s kitchen table in Salt Lake City Utah, and his mother used to say, “he’s been hanging around there ever since!” Stuart found a great education and lifelong friends at East High School where he graduated in 1955. He did his basic training for the National Guard at Fort Ord before heading to the University of Utah where he pledged Sigma Chi fraternity and went on to study business and earned his Juris Doctorate degree.

Stuart served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Netherlands as a young adult and later in life served with Helen on outstanding missions in Virginia and Hawaii. He had many cherished experiences serving in the Bishopric of the EMC 12th Ward, the Bishop of the Singles 19th Ward and in the Stake Presidency of the East Millcreek Stake. His life was focused on being a selfless, dedicated, faithful disciple of Christ.

As a very young boy, Stuart, along with his siblings, learned to work hard and to take on whatever job was available to support himself and his family. He collected soda bottles, sold newspapers, shined shoes, and delivered produce. These experiences set the foundation for his life-long dedication to a solid work ethic, thrift, family, and community. As a lead partner in the law firms of both Snow, Christensen & Martineau and Blackburn & Stoll, Stuart was known for his work ethic and integrity by colleagues and clients alike. He also enjoyed swimming, running, motorcycles, boating, music, travel and a good lawyer joke. He had a fun, unique sense of humor.

Stuart was preceded in death by his parents Ella May (Perkins) and Hendrik Poelman, his brothers Ronald and Lloyd, sister Carol Feltch and sister-in-law Claire Stoddard Poelman. He is survived by his brother Keith (Linda), sister Marva (Robert) Pothier, Brothers-in-law Brent (Marty) Feltch and sisters-in-law Anne Osborne and Catherine (Harold) Weight.

A visitation will take place at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E 1300 S. SLC, UT on Tues. Oct. 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at the East Millcreek Stake Center, 3100 E. Craig Dr. on Wednesday, Oct.16th, at 12:00 with a visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM. Interment following at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Stuart will be further honored with a Memorial Service held in the 3rd Ward Chapel 495 South Greenfield Rd. Gilbert AZ on Tue. Oct. 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • Helen and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of Stuart’s passing. Margo and I send out deepest sympathies. Stuart was a happy person, with a marvelous sense of humor and strong work ethnic. It was one of the joys of my life to work with his brother Keith for many years. We had many wonderful experiences together. Through Keith I came to know Stuart and learned of the integrity of his heart and his goodness and his deep love for you, Helen. I was also privileged to be a counselor to his brother Lloyd in the stake presidency. We love the Poelman family. Much love to you. Garfield Cook

    — Garfield Cook
  • Dear Helen
    We know the typhoon we just experienced last night in Tokyo Japan would bring sad news this morning. We were so sorry to wake up to a message of Stuart’s passing. We send our sincere condolences for your loss. May you be comforted by your faith and knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our love and prayers are with you at this time.
    Joyce and Tom

    — Tom & Joyce Hagerman
  • Dear Helen and family,

    We have read Stuart’s obituary. Unfortunately, we leave for Romania and Moldova tomorrow and will not be able to see you and to attend the funeral services. We have been friends for a long time-since 1961. We have always loved, admired and respected you and Stuart. We mourn his passing.We understand how difficult this must be for you, but know of your goodness and that you and your beloved Stuart, and your family, will be together again-for all eternity.

    Bob & Joy

    — Bob and Joy Orton

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