John Douglas Strader (87) died on Thursday, July 11, 2023 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT. John was born on February 19, 1936 to Viola Marrion Charlebois Strader and Paul F Strader in Watertown, NY. He was the middle of 8 children and grew up working on the farms of upstate New York. He joined the United States Marine Corps in February 1954, after his 18th birthday. A Korean War veteran, John was honorably discharged after just over two years of service, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.
In 1964, John found himself in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he met Shirley Martin Quinton and her 5-year-old son, Randy. John and Shirley were married July 14, 1964 and stayed married until his death, just days short of their 59th wedding anniversary. John adopted Randy, and spent his life as a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. John worked for many years as a plumber for the University of Utah and Fort Douglas Military Museum and Armed Forces Reserve Center.
An avid poker and blackjack player, John lived with a teasing smile on his face. He was loving, patient, humble, and generous. He was known to slip the grandkids a root beer barrel or a $10 bill with a wink to keep it safe from mom and dad. He loved his biannual trips to Las Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers, peppermint white mochas, Moon Pies, Golden Corral breakfast, the outdoors, and most especially, his grandkids.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Martin Strader; his son, Randy Shane Strader (Aladdin, WY); his three grandkids: Randy John Strader (Stephanie; West Valley, UT), Angela Danielle Stonebraker (Lennon; Syracuse, UT), Anthony James Strader (Talissa Fonseca; Herriman, UT); his six great-grandchildren: Baylee, Logan, Cooper, Hunter, Crew, and Eleanor; and two sisters: Roseanne Sprague (Watertown, NY) and June Timmerman (Houston, TX).
He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Viola, and siblings Paul (Sonny), Jean, Diane, Jack, and Mary.
Cremation services for John are being provided by Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery in West Jordan, UT. There will not be a public viewing or memorial service.