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John "Jack" William West Jr.

Born: 1/3/1916, Bluffdale, Utah
Death: 2/27/2008, Bountiful, Utah
Service: 03/03/2008 at 11:00 am, Moab 2nd Ward
Interment: 03/03/2008 at 12:30 pm, , Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

John “Jack” William West Jr., 92, passed away Wednesday February 27, 2008 in Bountiful, Utah.

Jack was born January 3, 1916 in Bluffdale, Utah to John William and Stella Miller West. He was an exceptional person with a caring heart and a special form of optimism. His early years were spent working the family farm near Point of the Mountain. Jack married Helen Irene Berglund, the love of his life, in 1937. He attended two years of college at Weber State in Ogden, and served in World War II in the Navy from 1945 – 1946. Jack’s working years were in the gas and oil business. In Provo, he managed a Conoco Service Station. In 1957 he moved his family to Moab, to manage a Standard Oil (now Chevron) Bulk Plant and Service Station. He always had a special love of the deserts and high country plateaus of southeastern Utah. He was one of the tourism pioneers of the area by presenting slide shows to tourists as a public service, and installing direction signs along remote trails – long before BLM or National Park Service marked these roads. He was a member of the Jaycees and Rotary in Provo, became a charter member and President of the Moab Rotary, and was President of the Moab Chamber of Commerce. He was one of the founders of the now famous Moab Jeep Safari. Jack was elected to the Moab City Council, and served as a Travel Council Member, Moab Museum Board Member and Chairman of the Canyonlands National History Association. Jack was also a member of the LDS Church.

He is survived by his son James Neil (Judy Barney) West of Bountiful; and his daughter Ann Schvaneveldt of Las Cruces, NM ; granddaughter Jenna (Danny) Wright of Kaysville; grandson John Ryan (Ashley) West of North Salt Lake; granddaughter Susan (Bill) Hamm of Las Cruces, NM; and great grandchildren Riley Wright, Adam Wright, and Taylor Hamm.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Helen Berglund West; his parents; a brother A. Ray West, a sister Mildred Tolhurst Hardy, and a great grandchild Jack Carl West.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday March 3, 2008 at 11:00 am at the Moab LDS 2nd Ward Chapel 475 West 400 North. A viewing will be held on Sunday March 2, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary and from 10:00 to 10:40 am on Monday March 3 at the Church. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Rites being accorded by American Legion Post #54. The family would like to thank the staff at Barton Creek Assisted Living for all the special care they gave to Jack.


3/16/2008 - Condolences to your families on behalf of my brother Dave and I. We appreciated very much the visit Jack and Jim made to us after Mom died. While we knew Jack during separate times and for different reasons, his taking the time for the visit epitomized the friendship we both had with Jack and his care for us. Reading the obituary brought back many memories of those ancient times in the late 50's and early 60's in Moab. I always felt welcome in Helen and Jack's home. I seem recall Jack always "allowed" the use of the bathrooms at the service station which allowed us to continue "dragging main" in comfort (although some may have abused the privilege by filling water balloons for use elsewhere during those hot summer nights!). - Pete Temple

3/2/2008 - I am so very sorry about Jack. I really enjoyed taking care of Jack (I usually wrapped his legs at night for him) and being able to talk with Jack often. Jack was a great person and a great friend to me. I really loved my conversation with Jack! Thanks for the memories! Monica - Monica -Barton Creek CNA

3/1/2008 - I am sorry for your loss. I know he is in a much better place now, and his body is no longer feeling pain. I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know Jack and care for him in his last few weeks. - Cheryl, CNA aid

2/28/2008 - Jim, Judy & Family, I'm sorry I cannot be in Moab to attend your dad's funeral. I came to know Jack a little better each day as I delivered his dinner and supper tray to him, during the last few weeks of his life. I am enriched for having known him and know how much he will be missed by me, as well as by the residents of Barton Creek. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Jack was a lovely, sweet man who cared deeply for others, especially his family. I will miss seeing you at Barton Creek, but know there be happy days ahead for you and your family. You are wonderful people! God bless you always! - Loretta Cheney

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