John Edward Carman passed away on February 3, 2019 just 2 days short of his 85th birthday. He was born on February 5, 1934 in Coalville, UT. He was the youngest of 4 children born to John B. Carman and Lois Rees Carman. At the age of 5 the family moved to Echo, UT where they bought land and started a dairy farm which they maintained until 1967.
He graduated from North Summit High School in 1952. He joined the United States Air Force and served from February 26, 1953 to February 25, 1957. John was a Korean War veteran. Between the Airforce and College John worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and various construction jobs driving heavy equipment. While working and going to Weber College, where he played Football, he met his lifelong sweetheart Brenda Lee Wessler. They were married on October 12, 1962 in Ogden, UT where they resided until his College graduation in 1965.
After the birth of their 1st two children they moved to Washington, UT on January 1, 1967 where John accepted a position as Associate Professor of the Auto Mechanics program. In 1969 their third child was born. The family later moved to Bloomington Hills UT. He taught for 32 years retiring in 1999 but came back to Adjunct teach to one more year.
John loved hunting, which he did with his dog/companion Rusty. He went Pheasant hunting to Dickinson, North Dakota. He also loved fishing and was able to go on trips to Mexico and Nassau to deep sea fish. He also loved golfing in fair weather. John was a Life member of both the Elks and Eagles and was a member of the NRA. He was a true patriot of his Country.
John was quick witted and could come up with a comeback without hesitation. No matter what you were talking about he always had a story to tell about his many life experiences. It was always said that he had a rough exterior but was a marshmallow inside. John was known for his handlebar mustache. One college president did not approve of mustaches, so John grew him one. Wherever he went someone always had a good comment to say regarding his mustache.
After being diagnosed with celiac disease the foods he missed the most were his wife’s homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and homemade bread. He very much disliked his new cardboard bread.
John is survived by his wife Brenda and his four children, Danna Carman, St. George UT; Mitzi Robinson (Shirl), Washington UT; Ginger West (John) ST. George UT: and Lori Ann Carman from prior marriage. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Kylee Robinson, John Bearden, Cameron Robinson, Sean Robinson, Jacqui West and Cambria West.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother David who died at birth also his two sisters; Mary Allison and Phoebe Burroughs. Also preceded in death are his father and mother in law George C Wessler Jr. and Althea Little Wessler.
Per John’s request there will be no funeral services or viewing. He chose to donate his body to the University of Utah medical school donor program. There will be a gathering of family and friends at a later date.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary (435) 673-2454.
The family wishes to thank Dr Abinash Roy and his staff Michelle and Rane; Dr. Lynn Nimer; Dr. Tyler Haberle and all of the staff in the ICU at Dixie Regional Medical Center (IHC) for their loving care and compassion given to John.