Joseph Sidney Loving, 88—a husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa—died on Jan. 12 in St. George, Utah.
Sid was born in Gainesville, Texas, on July 23, 1930, the only child of Roy Earl and Ruth McKee Loving. He was raised in Tulsa, Okla., and finished his education at the University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma.
Sid served as an airborne ranger during the Korean Conflict and as a ranger instructor in Fort Benning, Ga.
He met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Williams, in 1960. In 1964, they moved to Malibu, where they raised their family until 2005. He retired to St. George, where eventually most of the family followed.
His greatest joy came from the unmeasurable love and pride he had for his family, they shared. “He was happiest with a baby on his lap and his beautiful wife at his side. Sid was a gifted storyteller,” his family wrote. “His tales always colorful, creative and entertaining. He was quick to forgive and never failed to fill you with hope and confidence.”
They added: “Dad’s life message was crystal clear: ‘Always come from love and you can’t go wrong.’ He somehow successfully made each and every one of us feel not only special and loved but like we were his favorite. He will be missed beyond what mere words can convey.”
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children Robert, Mimi and Lisa; one grandson; four granddaughters; and five great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Rusty. A private memorial will be held for family.
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