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G. Rodney Zabriskie Obituary
G. Rodney Zabriskie
'Mr. Z'
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, G. Rodney Zabriskie passed away peacefully at home, March 22, 2013, after a long illness. Rod was born August 3, 1932 in Monroe, Utah to Grant and Mildred. He married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 20, 1952.
After his service in the army he graduated from BYU with a B.A. and Masters in music. During his career, he taught elementary, middle school and high school. 29 years of his career was at Jordan High School, where he was affectionately known as Mr. Z. Besides his family, music is his love. Rod sang in and directed many choirs, including singing for 22 years in the Tabernacle Choir.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Rod served faithfully in many callings, including Bishop, music and teaching classes. He and JoAnn also enjoyed serving three missions, ushering at Temple Square, a Family History Mission and a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois.
He is survived and loved by his wife of 60 years, JoAnn, their three children, Brent (Helen) Zabriskie, Carol (Ken) Thompson, John (Jana) Zabriskie. Six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survived and loved by his brother, 3 sisters and many nieces and nephews. Rod was preceded in death by his parents.
Viewings will be held Wednesday, March 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1950 East Sandy, UT and Thursday, March 28th from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Buttercup Chapel, 1600 East Buttercup Dr. (10075 South) Sandy, UT.
Funeral Services will follow on Thursday at 11:00 am at the same location.
We appreciate the tender love and care of his nurses, doctors and aides.
We love you dad! Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at

Published in Deseret News on Mar. 24, 2013
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