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Jack Wayne Nichol

September 13, 1933 December 3, 2018
Jack Wayne Nichol
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Obituary for Jack Wayne Nichol

Jack Wayne Nichol, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, returned to his heavenly home on Monday, December 3, 2018, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Jack was born in Union, Utah, on September 13, 1933, as the oldest son of Dallas Wayne Nichol (Wayne) and his first wife, Amy Irene Severson,, who died when Jack was only three. When Jack was seventeen, he lied about his age and joined the US Navy. Experiences during his time in the Navy got him back on the path to church activity, and he was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the remainder of his days. After his stint in the Navy, Jack was called to serve a two-year proselytizing mission to Ontario and Quebec, Canada, then part of the Eastern States Mission.

While serving in the Navy, an officer urged Jack to seek higher education, so immediately upon returning from his mission, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in Brigham Young University (BYU). Jack also attended courses at the University of Utah. He graduated from BYU in 1960 with a BS degree in accounting and business management. He was the first member of his family to earn a college degree. Jack’s experience at BYU was another pivotal chapter in his life, and he became an avid follower of BYU athletics, a true blue Cougar fan.

In 1959 Jack married Joy Eileen Coffin of Holladay, Utah. Joy had a son from a previous marriage, Nord Curtis Anderton. Jack accepted, loved, and raised Nord as if he were his own son and worked hard to provide Nord with as normal a life as possible, despite Nord being deaf and dealing with cerebral palsy. Later that year, Jack and Joy added Kevin Paul Nichol to the family. Laura Nichol was born in March 1961, and Steven Logan Nichol joined them September 1963, just four days before Jack’s 30th birthday. Jack and Joy divorced in 1980.

In December 1981 Jack married JoAnn Eddington (his surviving spouse) of Murray, Utah. JoAnn had three children from a previous marriage, so Jack added a son, David Eddington, and two daughters, Sandra Livingston Turner and Joy Crawford, to his expanding family. Three years later another daughter, Barbara Lenear Pettersson, was informally adopted. Jack and JoAnn liked to say she was “adapted.”

Community and church service played an important part in Jack’s life. He was active for many years in Lions International in both the Holladay and Draper chapters, including serving as president of the Draper chapter for a time. He also served actively in the Republican Party in Utah and Colorado as well as on community councils in Draper, Utah, and Rifle Village South, Colorado. Along with serving in many ward and stake positions over the years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jack served as an ordinance worker in the Jordan River Utah Temple during the last several years of his life, a position which meant a lot to him.

One of Jack’s great loves in this life was skiing at Alta. The Nichol family has deep roots at Alta. Wayne and his brothers and sisters were some of the earliest skiers in Utah, with Wayne serving as an Alta ski instructor to the end of his life. Jack found skiing to be a therapeutic escape from the challenges of his young life and a chance to bond with his otherwise busy father. That respite and family bonding time were welcome throughout his life. As long as Jack lived in Utah, he got up to Alta as often as he could.

Family was first for Jack. In 2001, he wrote: “. . . it has been the family which has provided the substance of life for me.” And his quiver is full, his tent large. At the time of his passing, between blood, steps, and “adapted,” he had 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Merlin (Bonnie) Nichol and his sister Dawn (David) Spencer. He is survived by: his wife, JoAnn; his sisters, Wanda (LeRoy) Olmsted, Irene (Ivin) Munson, and RaNae (Cliff) Fausett; his brothers Larry (Sandy) and Jay (Susan); his aunt, LaVae Nichol (Joe) Cook; his children Nord, Kevin, Laura, Steve, David, Sandra, Joy, and Barbara, plus grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the phenomenal teams at the VA Hospital (including assistance from Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Hospital), Holladay Healthcare, Center, and Superior Home Care and Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care during Jack's illness.

A viewing will be held Thursday, December 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe, 4760 State St., Murray, Utah. A second viewing from 10:30-11:30 a.m. will be held Friday, December 7, at Murray 23rd Ward chapel, 755 E. Three Fountains Cir., Murray, Utah, followed by the funeral service at noon. Interment will follow at Elysian Burial Gardens, Millcreek, Utah.


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Viewing

Thursday

6

Dec

6:00 PM 12/6/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray

4760 S State Street
Murray, UT 84107

Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home - Murray
4760 S State Street Murray 84107 UT
United States

Viewing

Friday

7

Dec

10:30 AM 12/7/2018 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 12/7/2018 11:30:00 AM
Murray 23rd Ward

755 E. Three Fountains Dr.
Murray, Utah 84107

Murray 23rd Ward
755 E. Three Fountains Dr. Murray 84107 Utah
United States

Service

Friday

7

Dec

12:00 PM 12/7/2018 12:00:00 PM
Murray 23rd Ward

755 E. Three Fountains Dr.
Murray, Utah 84107

Murray 23rd Ward
755 E. Three Fountains Dr. Murray 84107 Utah
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Elysian Burial Gardens Final Resting Place

1075 East 4580 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84117

1075 East 4580 South Salt Lake City 84117 UT
United States
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