John P “Jack” Redd passed away peacefully March 10, 2010 of natural causes.
He was born in Mt. Pleasant, UT on December 25, 1930. He was placed in a Children’s Service Society orphanage, with a brother and sister, early in life.
After living with several foster families, he was adopted as an early teenager and raised as their own by Leland W. Redd and Alice Vera Hunter Redd of Blanding, UT.
He and his sweetheart, Erma Helquist Redd, have been married for 60 years. They are still in love.
He was a loving father. He is loved by his children and their spouses , J. Michael and Kathy Redd, David K. and Patti Redd, Linda and Terry Roundy, Lowry W. and Kim Redd, Audree and Chris Jones and Kristin and Don Rasmussen. He and Erma have 29 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
Jack is also survived by his brothers William (Bill) Redd (Virginia) and Mark Redd (VeraLee), sister-in-law Kathleen Redd (Wayne), his sisters Elizabeth Coleman (Tom) and Shirley Kovacs, sister-in-law Ronnie Burns (Dick), his half sisters Virginia Fox ( Jim) and Grace Jensen and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Wayne Redd and Richard (“Dick”) Burns.
Jack was a dedicated community servant. He served in the Utah House of Representative for 10 years, was president of the Bountiful Jr. Chamber of Commerce, served on the Utah State School Board, was the recipient of the Boy Scout’s Silver Beaver award and contributed in many ways to a wide variety of state, community and service organizations.
He was a successful businessman. He graduated from the University of Utah in chemical engineering and worked for several oil refiners before starting his own consulting engineering firm.
He was an active leader in a number of engineering societies and was elected Utah Engineer of the Year by the Utah Engineering Council.
Above all, he was a disciple of Christ. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as the first Bishop of the Val Verda 4th Ward, and served honorable missions with his sweet wife in the Knoxville Tennessee Mission and the Brazil Curitiba Mission.
Jack overcame many obstacles in life to have a strong and abiding belief in the mission and service of Christ. Jack was loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Bountiful Orchard Utah Stake Center. An online guest book can be found at www.russonmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund, Children’s Service Society of Utah or Utah Youth Village would be appreciated.