Edwin John Knight (John)
(Johnny, Diddeh, Fatherly, Dear Man, Papa, Pops, Old Man, Sweaty Eddie)
Formerly of: Richard Knight & Julia Alta Gale Knight (Stewart)
Born: November 19, 1955
Died: October 20, 2022
Salt Lake City, Utah
John Knight (Edwin John Knight) Grew up in Provo, Utah as well as Oakwood Street in Salt Lake City. He always recounted how idealistic it was living on Oakwood which included a creek and very fond memories with his parents as well as siblings. His childhood on Oakwood left him with indelible memories that he never forgot, down to the smallest of details they were so dear to him. So much so that these memories were pristine up until the end of his days.
John graduated from Highland High School in 1974.
John Knight, being a direct descendant of Jesse Knight (Uncle Jesse), led him closer and closer to his beliefs shared by those honorable ancestors that came before him in bloodline. John’s family line both past and present made enduring impacts on many. This too he knew to his core that he was no exception. Not only was his heritage deep within the roots of the origination of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, his strong queries as well as deep faith led to his desire to be called to an LDS mission from the Lord. He was called to the Argentina South Mission. Not only did he serve this full term honorably, he learned volumes during this period which took place from 1975-1977.
Prior to his mission he courted a beautiful gal in seminary choir from when they met in 1972. Her name was Sandra Kaye Price. Their love, enduring through the term of his mission, not only was rekindled, but strengthened through this time. They chose each other as eternal companions for time and eternity to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on July 5, 1977.
John found a passion for farming through relatives on his mother’s side, the Stewarts, in Weston, Idaho. He attended West Side High to further his farming skills/knowledge. Farming would be an enduring love throughout his years. Not only due to the land cultivation, but also the strong bond through family and hard work that became everlasting. After starting a family, he would also continue this passion on the Bateman Dairy Farm in West Jordan for years.
Due to his dedication to family and country as well as being willing to make a stand for what is right, he served in the Air Force. He completed with high honors as one of the top in his class. Since his family came first, he continued to serve in the reserve at Hill Air Force Base in the 419th Communication Squadron for 6 years.
John achieved an associate degree in diesel mechanics from Utah Technical College. He then found a career at UTA working his way from the bottom as a mechanic, to maintenance supervisor, to assistant manager over maintenance. His time at UTA nearing almost 34 years allowed him to support his bounteous harvest of children.
Being a history buff as well as having a passion for local history, he passionately filled the minds of visitors and tourists alike with his vast knowledge of Salt Lake City. Not only its origins, its religious impact, but also the various perspectives and cultures that played a role in the make-up of what Salt Lake City is today. He had a special talent that both intrigued and inspired multiple walks of life regardless of what views or culture they came from. It was never uncommon that he received praise stating that, ‘his tours were one of the best that they had ever experienced, even though they had traveled the world’.
He captured the attention of multitudes over the years given his knowledge, charisma, humor, as well as open-mindedness to various backgrounds even though they may have not been akin to his own. He performed Tours first, with Innsbrook Tours, and later City Sights over the course of 30 years.
John then worked at the end of his days as a Shuttle driver for University of Utah for almost 7 years. As a hobby, he developed a talent and passion for photography which included landscape as well as candid family photos.
John and Sandra had an indomitable belief that they were meant to create a large, loving family of many. Sandra and John both shared this belief that would carry them through hardship in days to come, despite the tempests of life.
In addition to his daunting work ethic, John championed 9 children with Sandra. His time with them was never to be squandered as it was spent either being in the mountains with his sons or visiting extended family. John always capitalized on time with his children even in the midst of work-tasks on the house or cars. He was always asking if anyone was willing to go with him. He was an avid music lover and was always sharing his interests which ranged from classic rock, to country, to easily listening. He was always surprising his family with his music findings. He was consistently notable for encouraging any willing family member to join him on taking long drives to places where the family history held roots which included:
Raymond, Alberta (Canada)
Eureka, Utah (Knightsville)
Mining Spots owned by Jesse Knight
He loved and revered the women in the family, always. Sharing documentaries and imbuing his children with newfound knowledge was not to be withheld by his statutes. He always had a great desire to both share his knowledge, and also to learn from his children. There was no question by word and deed that his family was his ultimate pride and concern from start to finish no matter the unexpected challenges that arose in the vicissitudes of life. He was always striving for unspeakable love and unity.
John Knight worked selflessly with the highest of quality in all his endeavors. From willingly helping others with his kindness and knowledge, from bringing old trucks back to life, to doing whatever he could within his power to assist his family to more fully understand this world and God.
He was a teacher throughout his life, however, one of the greatest lessons he taught us was the manner in which he lived his life. He never faltered in his faith in God nor did he falter in his faith in the Church nor in his callings. He served in the High Priest Group where he would speak in various wards. Not only was he a history buff, he was a Doctrine buff. John was known for scouring the hard-to-understand portions of the scriptures which included the Old Testament, Parables, and discerning the meaning of God in them.
John was always reminding us of his human errors, a further attestation to the extent of the abounding humility and God-like qualities that he held. He often shared spiritual knowledge/treasures that would often go unnoticed by most. In this he accomplished more by spiritual matters in making a difference rather than the temporal, worldly matters. He was always using his articulate, charismatic character, and deep knowledge to provide wisdom and judgement. He was always exerting his energy to help others find the treasures not easily seen to the eyes of the world.
He proved to be an everlasting testament and light for what people can be in this life to make a difference, day-in and day-out, from the beginning to the last breath.
His impact is immeasurable.
John passed on October 20, 2022, at approximately 12:45 am at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had stomach complications months prior leading up to his diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer affecting both his pancreas as well as his liver. His diagnosis came days before his passing.
The viewing will be held Friday November 4, 2022, from
6:00pm-8:00pm at Memorial Murray Mortuary 5850 S 900E, Murray, UT 84121
A second viewing will be held Saturday November 5, 2022, from 9:00am to 10:30am with the Funeral
service from 11:00am to 12:30pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 6986 McCuiston
Ave, Herriman, UT 84096
Immediately following the Funeral will be the Interment at Provo City Cemetery 610 S State St, Provo,
John Knight is survived by:
Spouse; Sandra Kaye Knight (Price)
Children: Julia Svedin (Knight), Mary Kaye Caughlan (Knight), Peter Knight, David Knight, Jesse Knight, Sarah Knight, Polly Vial (Knight), Hannah Boynton (Knight), Lydia Knight, and 18 grandchildren
In lieu of flowers and/or gifts, we ask that people make donations to help our mother financially during this time. You can donate using the following links:
Viewing November 4, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Memorial Murray Mortuary
Viewing November 5, 2022 at 9:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6986 McCuiston Ave. Herriman, Utah
November 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6986 McCuiston Ave. Herriman, Utah