OREM/EAST CARBON- John Levell Naylor, our hard working, loving, compassionate father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, returned home to Heavenly Father on December 21, 2017.
John was born June 3, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John and Margaret Naylor. John was the oldest of three children and spent his early years growing up in the coal mining towns of Hiawatha, Consumers and Sunnyside.
John married his Eternal companion, Barbara Jensen of 65 years in the Salt Lake Temple on August 29, 1952. From this union came eight children, 28 grandchildren and 74 great grandchildren. It was his greatest joy when they came to visit.
John joined the Army in August of 1952 and was stationed in California, West Virginia and Greenland. Upon his return home he started as a boney picker in the coal mines and worked in many different positions during his years. John always wanted to help people. He was in some of the first EMT classes in the state and helped start Sunnyside Ambulance. He was always very proud of being able to help others. He was also on the Sunnyside Fire Department. Most people knew him as “Deputy Dog” when he was the town Marshall and he was on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, because he always felt he had to be there to take care of his “town”. He also worked for Miners Trading Post when the mines were slow or on strike. He worked for 7-Eleven and retired from there. After his retirement he would drive mom to her Tupperware parties and went on many trips together with her. He received many awards throughout his live for his outstanding community service resulting in lasting contributions to his community and nation. Dad enjoyed talking to people and had many different lifelong friendships with people he had met throughout his life.
John had a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He is survived by their children: Barbara (Paul) Robinett, Debbie (Vallyn) Bernard, JoAnn Glass, Johnny (Susan) Naylor, Jimmy (Larine) Naylor, Mike (Tammy) Naylor, Michelle (Jim) Gilbert, his grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Samuel Gilbert (Leola) Naylor, brothers-in-law Lyman Jensen, Stan (June) Jensen, sisters-in-law, Glenda Jensen, Jean McLellan, Janice (John) Gute, Valene Jensen and Barbara Moon.
John was preceded in death by his parents John and Margaret Naylor, wife, Barbara Naylor, in-laws Wallace and Lucille Jensen, sister, Jeannie Hess, sisters in laws, Marianne Jensen and Earlene Jensen, brothers in law, Larry Jensen and Allen Jensen, son, Robert Naylor, sons-in-laws, Jason Glass and Sylas Soules, grandsons, Jospeh Levell Robinett, Joshua Naylor, Cody Sherman, and great granddaughter Aiden Martin.
Funeral service, Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Sharon Stake Center; 545 S. 800 E. in Orem, Utah where the family will receive friends between 9:30 to 10:30 prior to services at the stake center. Graveside service will be at the Valley View Cemetery in Sunnyside, Utah at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.