Jack Winters, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully of natural causes in the early morning on October 27, 2022, in Murray, Utah.

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Jack was born December 29, 1927, to Byron and Lola Bailey Winters in Grass Creek, Utah. He was the 5th of 7 children, having 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Jack had a happy childhood even though his family had little means. He would often tell of his fun adventures in the countryside, swimming and fishing and doing things with his family and friends. Jack grew up knowing how to work hard. He had many different kinds of jobs starting as a young child. He helped with sheep and cattle, sold fish, worked on cars, and learned woodworking all before he graduated from high school.

Jack graduated from North Summit High School. He joined the Army immediately after high school, serving 18 months. In 1950 he met the love of his life, Verla Alice Lynn. She became his eternal companion when they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple April 20, 1950. In April they celebrated their 72nd anniversary. Jack adored Verla. They were a great example of respect, love, and partnership. They eventually settled in Murray, Utah, where they raised their 4 children. They have lived in their Murray house for 58 years. It has been a place of peace and comfort for family, friends, and neighbors throughout the years.

Jack was dedicated to his family and went to countless sporting events and recitals. He was there to help out whenever needed changing flat tires, using his woodworking skills, and sharing his love of gardening. He was a talented woodworker. His artistry was well known in the community due to his hard-working attitude and attention to detail. He worked at Murray Cabinet, being a part owner, and then at Granite Mill. He also worked in building design for the LDS Church. Later he owned his own woodworking business, Custom Design of Murray, still receiving woodworking requests up until his passing. He created many unique items out of wood, given as Christmas gifts to children and grandchildren every year. These items have been treasured over the years and are an ongoing legacy of his life and the values he exemplified.

Jack was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a firm testimony of our Heavenly Father and the Savior, Jesus It’s hard to imagine a day without Pa in it Christ. He served in the bishopric, as Stake executive secretary, several times as High Priest Group Leader, as Sunday School President, in the branch presidency at Cottonwood Hospital, as well as shift supervisor in the Jordan River Temple for 11 years. In 1999 he and Verla served a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois, where he was able to share his love of the gospel as well as utilize his woodworking skills to help maintain Old Nauvoo. He loved to share his simple testimony with his family and friends and would often share his love for the hymn, “Be Still My Soul.”

Jack is survived by his wife, Verla, four children, Jackie Olsen, Verl (Christine) Winters, Joel (Julie) Winters, Lesa (Tom) Lenz, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a brother, LaVerl Winters. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a beloved son-in-law, Randy Olsen.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at 12 pm at the South Cottonwood 12th Ward, located at 6180 South Glen Oaks Street, Murray, Utah. A viewing will be held before the funeral from 10:30-11:45 am.

Interment will be at 1:30 pm at Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road Bluffdale, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Primary Children’s Hospital.

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Thomas Lenz

Post Date

Nov 03, 2022


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Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint


Construction & Skilled Trades

Military Affiliation

  • Army


  • World War II
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