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Jon Ed # Simbeck

Born: 8/3/1939, Du Bois, Pennsylvania
Death: 9/2/2017, Moab, Utah
Service: 09/16/2017, 10:00 am, St Ritas Catholic Church Mancos, Colorado

A much-loved big old Irishman passed away peacefully Sept. 2 at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, Utah. Jon was born in Du Bois, PA August 3, l939 to Marie Sharkey Simbeck and John George (Jack) Simbeck where he excelled in several sports.

Jon made the playoffs in Little League baseball and played in Williams Port, PA prior to the years when the Little League World Series were held there. In his senior year in high school he excelled as a quarterback on his football team. However, on the basketball court it was his deadly jump shot that came to earn him his greatest respect at St. Catherines, Du Bois High School, North Carolina State. and finally at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. While there Jon met and married his biggest fan, JoAnne Gray. They shared a union that remained strong for 55 years. They moved to Mancos, CO where Jon built a basketball program with the 4th graders through high school in 1964 through 1966. Aspiring to coach at a larger school, Jon returned to ASC briefly.

During his time at ASC his wife had a short illness and with his growing family Jon decided to move to Akron, OH (BF Goodrich headquarters). Jon began a new chapter in his life and became one of the leading salesman for BF Goodrich in their emerging fabricated membrane liner industry. When BF Goodrich ceased carrying their liner products, Jon continued with several companies as national sales manager. In 1992 Jon decided to collaborate with his oldest son Brian and his wife in their own business. Duff (their second oldest son) soon joined their team. Together they put together Simbeck and Associates; now a major liner installation company based in Mancos, CO. With significant contributions from Jon and JoAnne's other three sons the company grew to provide liner containment for a variety of applications across the United States. Though relentless as a salesman, Jon was equally competitive on the golf course where he played daily in the Denver area while they lived in Franktown, CO for 25 years.

In 2000 Jon and JoAnne moved to Moab, UT where they became members of St. Pius X parish.

Jon is survived by his dear wife, JoAnne and their five sons still living in Colorado of whom he was mightily proud: Brian and his wife Cathy Simbeck of Durango, John (Duff) and his wife Rachael Simbeck of Mancos, Kevin Simbeck and his fiancée Gwen Brahler of Colorado Springs, Conor and his wife Carleigh Simbeck of Denver, and Brendan and his wife Candace Simbeck of Monument. Jon also leaves loving memories to his twelve Simbeck grandchildren Briana, Caitlin, Maris, Claire, Chandler, Kyler, Lucas, Heath, Shane, Reese plus Vincent and Aidan. Jon is also survived by his dear sister Nancy and her husband Tom Moore of DuBois, PA and his brother-in-law Jim Fitzpatrick Du Bois PA.

He was preceded in death by both parents and his oldest sister Jeanne Fitzpatrick.

Family and friends will gather Sept 16, 2017 at 10 AM in Mancos at St. Rita’s Catholic Church to celebrate his well-lived life. His sons recall especially his fierce attention to injustices, what a great coach he was, and his remarkable sense of humor. His ashes will be interred at Cedar Grove cemetery in Mancos

The family is grateful to the skilled and caring staff of the Canyonlands Care Center and the dedicated staff and volunteers of Grand County Hospice. In lieu of flowers kindly send donations to the Mancos High School basketball program or the Mancos Library.


I played basketball with JonEd and he was probably the best player to come out of DuBois.We had many late nights together shooting darts and drinking beer. I used to hang out at Simbecks store when he worked and we talked about many things.I was a soph. he was a senior. I went to WVU on a baseball Scholarship but in the summers we ran around together. We lost concact when he mover West but I always remembered him. He happened to be home when my brother died and he visited. He was a great friend.
- vince parzial

JoAnne - Just want you to know that I have been thinking of you and I wanted to let you know I send my sympathy. Love
- Inalyn Meador

Love, sympathy, prayers to all the family. Always enjoyed our financial reviews mixed with politics, sports, etc. Jon will be missed!

- Gary D. Meeks

My deepest sympathy to JoAnne and family. Jon Ed and I grew up together in DuBois, PA. We only lived about 3 blocks apart. We played on the same Little League team (He was a really good pitcher), and our high football team. However, as things go, upon high school graduation we went in different directions, me to Wyoming, Jon to N.C. State on a basketball scholarship. We hardly got together after that. Still, I have fond memories of our childhood days. I’m thankful for that. God bless him.
- Fran Miknis, Laramie, WY

Moving into Orchard Villa in 2011, I only came to know my neighbors JoAnne and Jon as Jon was less and less mobile, but he was always full of good cheer and continued to tease and joke.

JoAnne was a source of deep conversation (quite often while eating her delicious pies) during my early years in Moab, and her love and care for Jon was evident every moment I was in their lovely home. Between us, we had eight sons plus JoAnne and I had both lived in Alaska, so there was always lots to discuss.

So farewell and love to you, Coach. Rest easy.

I must add, this obituary was the most well-written and spirited piece I've read in many years. Congratulations to the family for providing such a touching, public tribute to Jon.

- Kathy Grossman

I remember Jon well because of a bid he made for a landfill cell construction, he hadn't quite read the instructions correctly and bid for just the liner but it came across as the bid for the entire project. I knew that was not his intent. I can remember his white face when we "awarded" him the contract. Then I let the bid go knowing it was not reasonable. He had a great sense of humor and honor and gave me back as great as I gave to him. I would like to think he changed his opinion of me after that because I knew I could trust him in everything he said. The next project went smoother, but that may be because the boys were now involved?

I did not know he had moved to Moab, UT. Wish I had known as I would have gone up to say howdy. My condolances to you over the loss of a father, a husband, a grandfather, and a friend.

- Debby Barton

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