John Todd Rushton

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November 27, 1964 - December 31, 2020

Up in the mountains on a beautiful calm day surrounded by snowy pine trees, our stalwart and loving husband and father, J. Todd Rushton, returned to his heavenly home. With ski boots on he was off on another adventure. There in the peace of the outdoors and the arms of his son, he suffered a heart attack. We are grateful to our Father in Heaven for the peaceful way he was able to go and, though it would never be enough, for the time we spent with this wonderful man.

His time here on earth began November 27, 1964. Son of John Walter Rushton and Maysel Epling Rushton. They instilled in him a love for travel and the world. He grew up in the Philippines, California, and Utah. Meeting and marrying his Bountiful High School sweetheart, Julie Tweed, on July 12, 1986. For work he was able to travel the world as a mining consultant. Though he loved new food and new places his heart was always home with us. As circumstances in the world changed he chose a new career path in order to be closer to his family and became an intellectual property attorney. This new life course created many more opportunities to hunt, fish, camp and enjoy the great outdoors where he showed his children the love of their Heavenly Father through His beautiful creations.

Our husband and father never missed an opportunity to bring us along on an adventure. And the moments we spent with him were filled with life lessons and quiet testimonies. He didn’t just do something, he did it with his whole heart. It could be said his ears failed him before his heart did. He was an artist; his fishing was beautiful, his story telling painted a canvas, and his food was divine. He gardened with his soul. He played racquetball with life saving intensity.

Since his passing we have had the wonderful opportunity to see his reach. We always knew our father was a superhero. We just didn’t know how many other people knew it too. He was the best Bumpa any boy or girl could have dreamt of. He loved reading stories, cuddle time, and bringing them outside. Todd was a fantastic uncle, harassing his nieces and nephews and bringing them along too. Everyone was welcome “up the hill” and he gave nicknames, for better or worse, to all who came into the house.

And he loved. Oh, how he loved. He showed love in the way he served others. You could often find him reaching out We always knew our father was a superhero. We just didn’t know how many other people knew it too. to neighbors, teaching scouts, feeding an army, or fixing something. He showed love for his sweetheart each day looking after the yard and the house. Tenderly taking care of his aging mother. He had a way of making each of his children, grandchildren, and grand-puppies feel like they individually were his favorite.

He was the glue that brought us together. He was our pillar when we needed it most, our true north when we were lost, and our warmth when times called for love and a hug to bring us home.

It’s hard to fit a life this big on a page. J. Todd Rushton is preceded in death by his father and parents-in-law. Survived by his mother, by his wife and sweetheart of 34 years, and their four children; Jordan (W. Robert) McLaughlin, Madison (Collin) Garey, Andrew (Rachael) and Isaac. He leaves behind 5 loved pups and 6 (soon to be 9) grandchildren who all dream of growing up just like their Bumpa.

There will be a viewing held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 6-8PM at Russon Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main Street. With Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:00AM. Those wishing to watch a live broadcast of the services are invited to watch on Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page. Interment – Coalville Cemetery

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I work at the South Davis Rec Center and Todd was always such a nice guy when coming in to play racquetball. He will be missed around here! I am so sorry for your loss.

Teal , Bountiful, UT, US Jan 11, 2021

Dear Julie and family,

Being so far away, we just learned of Todd's passing. We are so sad for your heartbreak and so grateful for the Plan. May your heart be comforted and your memories sustain you until you are together again. Your friend from long ago, Shelleen

Jim and Shelleen Arregui Jan 08, 2021

Dear Julie and family,

I am so saddened to hear of Todd's sudden passing. My prayers for strength and peace are with you all. I know God is with you and I pray that you feel his comforting arms around you.

Love to you all,


Bobbie (Tweed) St. Cyr , Westminster, CO, US Jan 07, 2021

Dear Julie and family,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Just the few times I met Todd, I knew what a good guy he was, and how happy he made you . Please know I’m thinking about you and sending prayers to you and your family. Love you cousin ❤️

Jill Tweed Laws Tryon

Jill Tweed Tryon Jan 06, 2021

Dear Family,

I don't really know Todd, but I have a good idea of what kind of man he was through his son...

Our brief meeting is one that will stay with me forever. Along with a friend and my wife, we came upon Todd and his son the morning of Todd's passing. As we skied up to Todd his son we realized things were not normal. His son was giving aid to Todd and we did our best to help. Unfortunately, we were not successful, but Todd can rest in peace knowing he was successful in raising such a fine young man.

Through our brief but impactful interaction, it was oblivious Isaac is going to follow in his father's footsteps as a caring and thoughtful man. Everyone on the scene was more than impressed by Isaac's compassion and actions as he fought with everything he had to save his father. Given the unfortunate outcome, I would like Isaac to know he did everything right in trying to save his dad, and hope he can find peace in knowing so.

When my time is up, I hope to be in such a beautiful place, with my son's by my side, doing something we love.

With the Deepest Sympathy,

Ryan & Ginni Larsen

Ryan Larsen Jan 04, 2021

Thank you. Your help was very much appreciated for it would have been so much harder for my son to be alone. I am so grateful for your reassuring words this brought us so much peace. Thank you for being angels in our lives that day.

Julie Rushton , Bountiful, UT, US Feb 16, 2021

We fortuitously met Todd and his backpacking Scout troop at the top of Anderson pass while climbing Kings Peak on August 21st 2019. Todd immediately recognized that two Senior citizens were in a place they ought not to be. He and his Scout Troop helped us ascend and descend the peak...I had injured my leg and Todd took my 66 years young wife's arm and carefully step by step helped her safely off the Peak. Two hours later he gave up his tent and sleeping bag for my wife and I to share, for we were to weak and exhausted and injured to get to our base camp. We love Todd and his companions for their willingness to share in a time of dire need.

Steven & JoAnna Wiscombe , Tremonton, UT, US Jan 03, 2021

Thank you for writing memories here. My husbands love language was service. He was so glad you 2 were alright.

Julie Rushton , Bountiful, UT, US Feb 16, 2021

Also I would love if you wanted to write some more memories from that trip. My email is

Julie Rushton , Bountiful, UT, US Feb 16, 2021

Todd was a wonderful man who cared about all those around him. At Rackuetball he wanted and made everyone feel welcome and important. Thank you for sharing him with us.

God be with you and your family.

Paul Keene , Salt Lake City, UT, US Jan 03, 2021

Todd will be deeply missed. He was my ride to all the traveling league matches. We played as mixed double partners often. He told me so many stories of his early years, motorcycle races and crashes, I started believing he was definitely a dare devil. He was an amazing racquetball player. He always had a great outlook on life, laughed, smiled a lot and just went with the flow. My prayers, thoughts and heart go out to Julie and his wonderful children. I'm so sorry for your tremendous loss. Thank goodness for the gospel and the peace it brings to grieving hearts. Love, Tammy Goble

Tammy Goble , Centerville, UT, US Jan 03, 2021