PROVIDENCE, Utah - Forrest Fay John, 90 years old, of Providence, Utah, died a natural death on Feb. 6, 2010, after a full life.
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Forrest was born July 10, 1919, near Byers, Stafford County, Kansas, the third of seven children to Glenn Llewellyn John and Mina Pearl Frazee. He grew up on a farm between Fayetteville and Cave Springs, Ark.
After graduating from high school and Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, Ark., Forrest was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., as a clerk typist, investigative clerk. During this time he met his future wife, a secretary with the FBI, and earned his undergraduate accounting degree from George Mason University. After serving two years with the FBI, Forrest took a fou -year leave of absence and entered World War II as a navigator with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the European theater as a navigator on B-17 bombers. When Germany and Italy surrendered, Forrest was sent to the United States to train on B-24 bombers in preparation for service in the Pacific Theater. Japan surrendered before departing for the Pacific Theater, however, and Forrest was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force and returned to the FBI as a special agent for the remainder of his 30-year career.
On July 22, 1944, Forrest married Veda Wheeler Robinson (Providence, Utah) in Houston, Texas. On Dec. 31, 1955, Forrest was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On April 13, 1957, he received his endowments and was sealed to his wife and four children in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.
Hobbies included gardening, reading, making fishing poles and tying flies, fishing, electronics, wood working, photography and family research. Forrest and his wife spent six to nine months per year on the road for over 20 years doing family research after his retirement. They also served a church mission in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sister Oletha Pearl John Bell; brother Glenn Griffith John; sister Etta Virginia John Smith; brother John Jay John; sister Glenda Ruth John Howell; and a son, Robert (Bob) Ray John (Alexandria, Va.).
Surviving him are his wife Veda Wheeler Robinson John (Providence, Utah); son Glenn George John (Salt Lake City, Utah); daughter-in-law Barbara Jean Luttrell John (Alexandria, Va.); daughter Marsha John (Escondido, Calif.); son Forrest Frazee John (Providence, Utah); 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Faye Ester John Sarratt (Gentry, Ark.).
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Providence 4th Ward Chapel, 100 N. 100 East in Providence. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center Street in Logan. There will be no viewing prior to services. Interment will be in the Providence City Cemetery. Condolences and thoughts may be expressed to the family online at www.allenmortuaries.net.
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Published in Logan Herald Journal from Feb. 9 to Feb. 23, 2010