He was the second of three sons born to Puge and Lena Ames Stocks. He was raised in La Sal, Utah, and attended schools in La Sal and high school in Moab, where he graduated as class valedictorian.
He began a lifelong career in the timber industry, owning several sawmills at La Sal. Fred earned his pilot license at the age of 16 and used his airplane to commute to high school in Moab. In later years, his little yellow Taylorcraft was commonly seen flying around La Sal and the peaks of the mountains and desert areas. He loved working with wood, especially black walnut, and made many tables, lamps, cedar chests etc., for family and his many friends.
Fred is survived by his wife, Brenda, of 34 years; his brother, Ken (Barbara) Stocks, of Dolores, Colo.; son, Bill (Denise) Stocks, of La Sal; daughter, Colleen Stocks, of Olathe, Colo.; daughter, Bobbie (Steve) Crosley, of El Cajon, Calif.; stepdaughter, Anita (Tom) Keogh, of La Sal; stepson, Bill (Tina) Griswold, of Dickenson, N.D. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ted Stocks; and son, Teddy Stocks. At his direction, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.