John Marshall Shelton passed away on Thursday, November 9th, in Payson, Utah with his daughter by his side. He lived at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans Home, which he absolutely loved. John was born February 8, 1947, to Marshall and Betty Ann Shelton in Seattle, Washington. John attended Ricks College (BYU Idaho), and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Venezuela and Columbia. He joined the Airforce in 1973. While serving in the armed forces, he married Valerie Holden in the Salt Lake City Temple. They moved to Germany where he was stationed for four years. While in Germany, they had two children, Jeremiah, and Shannon Shelton.
John loved the outdoors and especially the mountains. John loved to hike and climbing mountains was one of his greatest passions. John loved to tell the stories of his many mountain adventures all over the world. He was also a very talented potter. He has made many beautiful pieces that his family loves to display. John was a wonderful example of kindness and genuine love for people. He could always be found telling a story and laughing with those around him. He had the biggest heart and gave the best hugs. John just wanted to make people happy. He loved to listen to his old-time country music, and whenever someone walked in the room, he would smile and say, “howdy, howdy, howdy.”
John is survived by his two children, Jeremiah Shelton (wife Alyssa) and Shannon Flippen (husband Ken), and his five grandchildren, Kaden, Kamry, Siena, Francesca and Luca. He is also survived by his three brothers, Steve, Ralph, and Joel Shelton.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Betty Ann Shelton. We have no doubt there were many fans waiting to greet him when he passed. He will be deeply missed.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, November 13th at 3:00 p.m. in Payson City Cemetery, 400 North 800 East, Payson, Utah.