11/7/1940 ~ 10/11/2022
John Frank Sanders Jr, dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the age of 81. Services to be held October 15th, 2022. With a viewing from 11 am to 12:30 pm, followed by funeral services at 1 pm. Fairview 1st Ward, 122 S. State, Fairview, UT 84629. Interment will follow at the Fairview City Cemetery.
Frank was born on November 7, 1940 and grew up in Fairview Utah. While serving in the Great Lakes Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he met his sweetheart and eternal companion, Shirley Ann Fagan. They were sealed in the Manti, Utah Temple on April 3, 1963. During their 54 years together they raised their family on Mt. Charleston, Nevada for 32 years. He was a Highway Maintenance Foreman for the State of Nevada on Mt. Charleston and surrounding areas. In 1996 they retired and moved to Fairview, Utah. They served together as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple.
Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Fagan Sanders, Parents John Frank (Jack) and Venna May Sanders, Brother Deon J. Sanders, Sister Alice Maurine Beck.
He is survived by his children, Inez Kern (Eric), Payson, Utah. Beverly Duncan (Chad), Eagle Mt., Utah. John Rex Sanders (Stacey), Henderson, Nevada. Wanda Nelson (Michael), Sandy, Utah. Robert Jay Sanders (Carol), N, Las Vegas, Nevada. Danny Ray Sanders (Kimberly), Tooele, Utah.
His brother, Robert Sanders (ReNee), West Valley, Utah and his sister, Dorthea E. Garlick, Beaver Dam, Arizona. 41 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.
Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. Watching Westerns, especially John Wayne. Watching BYU and The JAZZ; as well as North Sanpete and Snow College football. At a young age he was a coal miner and worked beside his dad and brothers. As a teenager and before his mission he hauled coal all around the Sanpete Valley. He loved to share stories about his life experiences including snow plowing, coal mining, deer hunting, how he hated taking pills and how much he loved his family.
Frank served in several callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served as a counselor in the Branch presidency of the Indian Springs Branch and as the Branch President of the Mt. Charleston Branch. He spent a lot of time serving and visiting with others. When he retired he pruned neighbors trees, cleared the snow off people’s walkways and driveways, he loved serving his neighbors. He grew a bounteous garden and shared with his family and friends.
The last summer of his life Frank spent every day of the week except Sunday fishing at the Fairview Lakes. Sometimes twice a day. He loved taking rides with his family and friends up through Fairview Canyon to see the lakes, Huntington Canyon, Crandall Canyon and sometimes even to Scofield and Price for a little KFC or Taco Bell.
He loved living in Fairview! He served and was served by his friends and neighbors. In the final year and half of his life he was helped by the agency, Visiting Angels, one person in particular became like a granddaughter to him. We as a family would like to thank all those who helped our dad when we could not be here. One of his final wishes was to live in his home. Many people helped to make that possible. With deep love and appreciation, we as a family, Thank you.
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