BYU has lost one of its biggest Earthly fans! Our beloved son, brother, husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa returned to our Heavenly Father in the early morning hours of April 18, 2021, surrounded by his family, after a long courageous battle with health issues.
John was born June 30, 1962, to Jay and Vivian Jackson Simpson in American Fork, Utah. He was raised with three brothers and one sister. He grew up in Provo, Utah, attending Provo schools. As a teenager, John fought and won his battle with a brain tumor. He went on to graduate from Provo High School, He was a proud Provo Bulldog! He then served an LDS mission in Michigan.
John worked many years for Provo City and BYU. Due to health concerns, John had to take an early retirement from BYU. Even then, he loved and was honored to do handyman things for many people. Because of his retirement, he was also able to spend more time in the canyon, being a camp host. He loved the Lord, his family, the outdoors, and watching BYU sports and the Utah Jazz.
John married Traca Stubbs and they lived in Provo for many years. They had four children together. They later divorced.
John had met and dated Sandra Taylor many years ago. After a while, they went their separate ways. Following his divorce, a friend suggested that John and Sandra go to dinner sometime to catch up. They joined their families together on December 27, 2013; later sealed in the Payson Temple on June 22, 2017. John and Sandra made their home in Payson, Utah. They enjoyed working together in the Payson Temple. He was very disappointed when the temples were closed for a time.
John’s eternal family, who will miss him, include his dad, Jay, of Payson; his brothers and sister: Mark (Sheila), of Provo; Kevin (Tiffany), of Santaquin; Jill (Danny) Mitchell, of Provo; and his children: Britnee (Eric) Autrey, of Orem; Lacee (Ryken) Harris, of Orem; Tyler (Tedra), of Salt Lake City; Kailee Simpson, of Salt Lake City; Melissa (David) Pett, of Provo; Matthew Jensen, of Montana; Marie Price, of Heber; Shelby Sabin, of Springville; and Lance (Rebecca) Sabin, of Spanish Fork. Additionally survived by other family members, including Zach and Heather Vanausdal, and the Tripp family. He had 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. John is now reunited with his mother, Vivian; his brother, Mike; and a grandson, John Tyler Simpson.
We would like to extend our appreciation for all the medical professionals who have helped us care for John over the years, to give him the best possible quality of life.
A viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660. There will be a graveside service on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 12:00 Noon, at the Salem City Cemetery, 965 South 130 East, Salem, Utah 84653. Live-streaming will be available. Check back through John’s obituary at this site, www.walkermemorials.com shortly before Noon on April 23, 2021.
Please join us to celebrate this wonderful man. To him there were no strangers, just friends that he had not met yet. He was One In A Million!