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John Rex ShepherdJanuary 16, 1928 ~ December 11, 2017 (age 89)
John Rex Shepherd, 89, passed away peacefully the morning of December 11, 2017, shortly after enjoying breakfast with his wife Lois. He was born January 16, 1928, in Benjamin, Utah, to John Ivan and Aline Shepherd. He graduated from Payson High School, after which he served an LDS mission to the Northern States Mission. He was sealed to his sweetheart, Lois Johnson, from Spanish Fork, Utah in the Salt Lake Temple on September 26,1952. He served in the US Army at Fort Ord, California, during the Korean conflict. He returned to Utah to complete his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education at Brigham Young University. He remained a loyal BYU fan for life. He began his teaching career in Petrolia, California. He returned to Tooele, Utah in 1960 to teach 5th grade at West Elementary school. He spent the bulk of his career as a principal at West Elementary and Harris Elementary Schools. After retirement, Rex and Lois served as missionaries in the Washington DC South Mission. They loved their service together. Throughout his life, Rex enjoyed his hobbies of rock hounding and gardening, which he shared with all he came in contact with. He loved "Hanging loose with the moose" and making lasting memories with family and friends at their cabin. He spent years writing his family history and quilting. ln spare moments, you could find him reading a book. The scriptures, Church books and Louis L’Amour were among his favorites. Rex dedicated his life to his faith, family, and community. He often spoke fondly and with tender feelings of the 6 years he served as bishop of the 11th ward. As a true disciple of Christ, he showed unconditional love to everyone he met. If he knew you, he loved you. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Dale, and sister Diann Killian. Survived by his wife, Lois. Brothers, Charles (Carol Jean) Shepherd and Kenneth (Carolyn) Shepherd. Children, Brenda (Carl) Klomp, Roger (Marilyn) Shepherd, Sandra (Greg) Larsen, Janine (Wayne) Crosby, and Dan (Tami) Shepherd. Twenty-six grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren with one on the way. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-8 pm on the evening of Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Tate Mortuary, 110 S Main St., Tooele, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Tooele 11th Ward, 180 S. Coleman, Tooele, Utah at 11:00 am. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30 - 10:45 am. Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery.