John Taylor Bird, Jr, 91, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 surrounded by his family. John was born on November 30, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Taylor and Nellie Haslam Bird. He was their youngest child and only son. \r\nHe married LuJean Jensen in 1947, later divorced. From that union three beautiful children Diane, Craig and Doug were born. \r\n\r\nJohnny worked at The Deseret Press from 1947-1975. During that time, he worked with President Thomas S. Monson, and they became life-long friends. In 1947 he joined the South Salt Lake City Volunteer Fire Department. \r\n\r\nIn 1958, while attending a church sponsored dance, he met Barbara Kae Butler. One year later on April 30, 1959, they were married in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Four children were born to this union: Jeffry, Lori, Kyle and Todd. Johnny and Barbara danced their way thru life until failing health forced them to stop. In April of 2019 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.\r\n\r\nIn 1963 Johnny joined the Murray City Fire department as a volunteer and served as a first responder for 20 years.\r\n\r\nJohnny coached Little League Baseball for several years. He was a father-figure and great influence to many of the boys in Murray City. \r\n\r\nHe loved hunting and fishing and being in the great outdoors. As a family we spent countless hours enjoying camping in Lemon’s Grove and fishing on the Provo River. He was blessed to go on many fishing trips to Alaska with family and friends.\r\n\r\nJohnny was known for his beautiful back yards at both his Murray and St George homes. He would spend countless hours landscaping his yards by planting just the right flowers, plants and trees. \r\n\r\nJohnny was a member of the Utah State Pheasant Society. He loved raising different pheasant varieties and won many awards for his exotic birds.\r\n\r\nAfter his retirement from the Press he went to work for Murray City School District working on the grounds and in maintenance. He worked there for 13 years and retired in 1990. \r\n\r\n As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Johnny served in many callings, including Elder’s Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader, Sunday School Superintendent and Stake YM’s. From August 1999 - February 2001 Johnny and Barbara served a full-time mission at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. After their mission, Johnny and Barbara became “snow birds” and spent 18 winters in St. George where they met some wonderful friends.\r\n\r\nJohnny is survived by his wife, Barbara,;their children: Jeffry (Tennys), Lori Bushman (Barrett), Kyle (Nancy), Todd (Lisa). Also survived by children Diane Izzo (Sam), Doug (Terry); 35 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Emma, Arlene and Mary; a son, Craig; and three grandchildren: Allison, Jacob and Charles Bird.\r\n\r\nFuneral services will be held on Monday, February 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the Little Cottonwood Stake Center, 6180 Glen Oaks St, Murray, Utah where viewings will be held on Sunday, February 16th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Monday, February 17th, from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.