John Emory Washburn age 84 of Sandy Utah died peacefully on the morning of July 3, 2023 at MT. Olympus care facility. John was born February 19, 1939 in Montpelier Vermont to Irma and Kenneth Washburn Sr. He was an accomplished athlete growing up playing baseball, basketball and football. He also excelled in water sports like swimming & diving. He continued his love of sports by becoming an avid golfer, bowler and softball player. He shared his love of sports with his kids and grandkids who’s memories of shooting hoops with him, playing catch or running from his snowballs will be the sweetest memories.
After graduating from Montpelier high school in 1957 he joined the Army where he served his country for 22 years as an MP fighting in Vietnam then stationed in faraway places like Korea and Okinawa. He was a decorated sharp shooter and was extremely proud of his service. He was loving and compassionate with everyone in his life and had a very soft spot for animals. His second career was working at Otto & Sons in South Jordan where he worked until he finally retired. He was a mentor and teacher not only to his children but to anyone and everyone he knew who sought his council which he gave willingly. He loved his family and always worked hard to provide for them. Family was always his priority. He met and married the love of his life DiAnn Washburn in 1982. Together they blended their family to include 9 children, who he loved equally. He leaves behind his wife DiAnn, his children Dawn Washburn, Sherri Washburn, April Washburn, Shelley Menasco, Michelle (Mike) Fucci, Stacy Washburn, Marnie Leary, Jerry (Janie) Neal, Angie Kieffer, 22 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, his sister Tootie McDermott and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his mother Irma, father Kenneth Sr, brother Kenneth Jr. and sister Linda. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and a celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.
Dad may you rest and know we love you always.Service Information
July 20, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.
Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park