John Sherwood Coleman, age 91, passed away from heart failure Jan. 15, 2002, at Orchard Park Care Center in Orem, UT.
John was born Sept. 12, 1910 in Teasdale, Utah to Walter Prime and Leona Brinkerhoff Coleman. He attended Wayne High School and graduated in April 1930 with 11 classmates. He read meters as a part-time employee of People's Light and Power (changed to GarKane Power Company in 1941) from 1932-1972. John was a sociable person and well acquainted with many people throughout Wayne County and in parts of Kane, Sevier, and Garfield Counties as a result of his travels for the power company. His main occupation was farming and ranching in Teasdale and Dark Valley on Boulder Mountain until he sold his pastures in 1972.
In 1946 John served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Central States Mission, where he met a sister missionary, Reva Dunyon. After their missions, they courted and were married March 22, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple.
After living in Teasdale for 81 years, John moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1991 so that he and Reva could be nearer to their family. In 1994 they moved to Salt Lake City where John gently cared for Reva until his health began to fail in 2000. John had difficulty swallowing and was fed through a tube from August 2000 until he died. John loved to read and talk about Teasdale and the people and places he knew in Wayne County. He often called former residents of the county and discussed their past and current situations. He loved to read history books and listen to country music.
We wish to express thanks to all his loving care givers at Orchard Park. They were his friends and spent hours listening and talking to him about his home and life in Teasdale.
John is survived by his wife Reva; three daughters, Trudy (Richard) McKendrick, Virginia (Bruce) Roundy, Leona (Elroy) Smith; 10 grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Leila V. Earl and two brothers, Prime Coleman and Duane Coleman.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Cascade Chapel at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State St. in Orem. Friends may call Saturday from 9-9:45 a.m. at the mortuary. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Teasdale Cemetery.