Frank H. Stoddard, founder of Stoddard Farms, served in the US Navy during WWII from March 1944 to the end of the war in 1946. During his military service, Frank went through basic training at Farragut, Idaho and then onto Radioman school at the University of Wisconsin. Within two weeks of being assigned to duty aboard the USS Stanly (DD-478) as a Radioman, Frank saw combat action in the battle of Okinawa. His ship was struck by kamikaze fighters but miraculously survived the battle. Frank left the service as a Radioman 3rd class.

For outstanding service to his community and leadership in the field of agriculture, Frank Stoddard was inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame in Idaho Falls, Idaho on March 21, 1997.

After the completion of his military service, Frank attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Donna Lloyd in 1952 and shortly thereafter began farming some rented farm ground along the Snake River just outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Over the next three years, Frank & Donna welcomed two children to their family—Debbie & Curtis.

Frank Stoddard was presented with the Lifetime Seed Grower Achievement award on December 6, 200 by Potato Grower Magazine.

Donna Stoddard was born and raised in Grace, Idaho and her family remained in Grace after her marriage to Frank. In late 1955, Donna’s father, Henry Lloyd, contacted Frank and Donna regarding a piece of land that had become available to rent just southwest of Grace. Frank and Donna jumped on the opportunity to make the move to Grace and began renting the Petersen farm in 1956. And thus began Stoddard Farms in Grace, Idaho.

For his outstanding contributions to the Idaho Potato Industry, Frank Stoddard was inducted into the Idaho Potato Hall of Fame on January 17, 2001.

Frank and Donna made their first land purchase, buying the original 160 acres of land that brought them to Grace, Idaho in 1956.

Curtis Stoddard was recognized by the Potato Grower Magazine as the “Grower of the Year”.