6/11/1957 ~ 11/28/2021
TTony James North was born June 11, 1957, to James and Laural North. The oldest of four children, Tony loved spending time with his brother, Steve, and teasing his sisters, Valorie, and Sherie.
As a child, Tony grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Provo, Utah until the family settled on the farm in Heber, Utah. He enjoyed sports, specifically football and wrestling. After graduating from Wasatch High School, he attended Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Manchester, England mission.
Upon returning from his mission, Tony married Rebecca Baum. Together, they had six wonderful children. Tony and Rebecca divorced in 2002. Tony valued hard work, diligence, and patriotism. He instilled those same values in each of his children, who have strived to reflect this legacy in their lives. He had a love for the outdoors, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Tony served honorably in the United States Marine Corp., as a trained sniper during Operation Desert Storm. His military service was a significant sacrifice for his young family; however, they were extremely proud of the service he gave to our country.
With his unparalled work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit, Tony started his own meat processing company in Ferron, UT. The skills acquired there served him well when he decided to transition into meat inspection for the State of Utah, where he quickly became one of the top meat inspectors, and could always tell you where to get the best beef!
In 2004, he found his soulmate and then married Brita Watters on March 4, 2005. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Manti Temple. Together they had two incredible children, and their shared passion for horses drove them to develop a renowned equine therapy program for struggling youth. Tony’s quiet, humble, and compassionate nature was instrumental in helping create this successful program. Tony and Brita found joy in helping other families in need, and creating opportunities to develop strength, discipline, and resilience for hundreds of young men.
Tony enjoyed spending time with his children still at home, and spent hundreds of hours coaching and practicing softball and football. He and Brita loved Oklahoma football and motorcycles. It was common to see them cruising through town on their bike, or with one of the kids on the back. Tony’s knowledge, love, and gentle spirit will live on through them. Tony was a good friend and neighbor, and was always willing to help without recognition when he saw a need. To know Tony was to love him. His life was full of many different chapters, hobbies, and highlights. Tony loved nothing more than being a husband, dad and grandpa.
He is survived by his wife, Brita, and their children, Indigo and Colton North, and his children Angella Mae (Jim) Stubbs, Travis James (Kara) North, Jason Duke (Maryjoy) North, Amanda Jane (Tyson) Ashworth, Sara Ann (Duncan) Williams, Alora Rose (Ray) Cao, and his eleven grandchildren on earth, and one on the way. He is also survived by his beloved mother, Laural North, brother Steven (Tamra) North, and sisters Valorie (Jim) Parker and Sherie (Paul) Ritchie. He was preceded in death by his father, James A. North.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Spring City 1st Ward Chapel (15000 N Hwy 117). Viewings will be held Friday December 3, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services both at the church. Interment in the Spring City Cemetery with Military Honors.