John Devere Bigelow, our dear father, grandfather, brother and friend, reunited with his beloved companion Gail on April 22, 2022.
Devere was born in Price, UT on April 21, 1943, and raised in Green River, a place he would always consider home. Early in his life, he developed a strong work ethic and business sense that helped him be successful throughout his life, as a husband, father, provider and priesthood holder. He served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the southern United States. Despite suffering being jailed and a near-fatal car accident, he served his full mission. During this service, he was blessed to meet his future companion Gail.
Following his missionary service, he served the United States in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was honorably discharged.
Devere and Gail began their eternal journey together in the Manti, UT temple on April 25, 1969. Throughout their marriage, they complemented one another perfectly and served one another devotedly. They had one son, Mark, for whom no sacrifice was too great. Devere was a devoted and loving father who worked tirelessly to teach and serve his son.
Devere was a successful entrepreneur, starting two thriving oil companies in Houston and purchasing and selling a refinery in Green River, UT. He worked day and night to make sure his companies were successful and often involved his family, providing them with more time together and many unforgettable experiences.
Devere served his church and community faithfully in many capacities. He was incredibly charitable, willing to help anyone in need, regardless of the sacrifice required. He was a dear friend and is beloved by many.
He is survived by his son Mark (Heidi), of Seattle, Washington, his grandchildren Carson, Scott, Caleb, Jared, Charlotte and Adam, his siblings Sharlene (Brent), his twin brother Devon, Sherri (Fred), Larry (Sandi), Kirk (Deanna) and Kerry (Tonya). He is preceded in death by his eternal companion Gail and his parents, John and Twila.
Our deepest gratitude to the many ward members, family members, friends and others who showed such love and support to Devere throughout his life and, especially, in the last few years. You all helped bear his burdens and lighten his heart.
A viewing for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at 10 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Green River, UT, located at 95 N Clark St, Green River, UT 84525, followed by a funeral service at 11 AM. A graveside service will be held at 5:30 PM at the Lake Hills Mortuary at 10055 So. State St., Sandy, UT 84070.
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Dec 25, 2012
Mark, Oh how I love your parents. I would love to hear from you and see your family. Your parents are the very best, as I am sure you know. I miss them so much and love you, Vivian Ricks
Apr 29, 2022
I am a neighbor and friend of Larry and Sandi (amazing individuals and contributors) and even though I did not know John I suspect that he is very similar in his attributes to his brother Larry.
I was so very saddened that Devere had passed on. I knew him as a very kind person, a wonderful dad and husband. I remember the stories he told about his life experiences with joy. I offer my sincere condolences as well as prayers for peace and comfort to all family members. May God bless you all.