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Napoleon J. Tullos, Jr. (N.J.) Napoleon Johnson Tullos, Jr. (N.J.), loving husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, November 12, 2009. He was born May 30, 1943 to Grace Inez and Napoleon Johnson Tullos, Sr. in Gilmer, Texas. He fought a courageous 16 year battle with multiple myeloma cancer, and more recently esophageal cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia. He was retired from the Jordan School District where he worked as a teacher, vice principal and principal. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Diane Sandlin Tullos; two sons, Nathaniel John Tullos (Natosha), William Lindsey Tullos; grandson, Noah Johnson Tullos, Jase and Taran Marshall; granddaughter, Ariana Marshall. Preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 16, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 915 East 9045 South, Sandy. A viewing will be held Sunday evening, November 15, 2009 at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. So. Jordan Pkwy. (10600 So.) So. Jordan from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be held at Kelsey Cemetery, Gilmer Texas on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.Online condolences at

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2009.
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December 10, 2009
Dear Diane, John, Billy & family,
I just finished reading what everyone has written in your guest book, and wanted to add just a few thoughts. Our whole family loves you all and will miss our TRUE friend NJ as long as we live. Our wonderful memories of trips to Island Park, Mexico, Lake Powell, Utah Lake, Hawaii and elsewhere will stay with us always. We will forever cherish our last few visits with NJ, laughing and loving. No closer bond will ever exist. Thank you also for allowing Lynn to have the high honor of being a pallbearer for his best friend and brother. We love you all dearly.
Vickie & Lynn Jones
December 8, 2009
I attended School With John and Billy- I want your Family to know my heart goes out to you all and I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy's to you at this MOST difficult time.
I remember seeing Billy a couple years back, he was taking his dad to the Dr.'s office for an appt. Your a great Family again, so sorry for your loss.
Shalise (Veenendaal) Benjamin
November 19, 2009
Dear Tullos Family:

Mr. Tullos was one of the kindest men I ever met at West Jordan Jr. High School many many years ago. He was so kind to all the students, and he made each one of us feel special in our own way. I will never forget the impact he had on many of our young lives. You should be very humbled and honored to have had such a great man in your family. Although the years have passed by so quickly -he was one never to be forgotten, and taught many life lessons. I will never forget him. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Dana Nielsen DiGirolamo
November 19, 2009
Dear Tullos Family. There are so many great memories of NJ and your family for myself and my family. Our love and prayers are with you at this time. NJ was truly a great man. Through teaching, administration and as a friend. My Dad sends his love also. You are in our thoughts. Kristi Boutsis Hamilton
Kristi Hamilton
November 18, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,

I worked with NJ at Eastmont Middle.He was a teacher's dream principal.NJ loved the kids at school and always supported each teacher to the best of his ability. You always knew where you stood with NJ because he was so sincerely genuine.

I miss his smile and Texas stories.

My Love,

Jon VanWagoner
November 16, 2009
Dear Tullos Family:
NJ always brought joy and a smile to our faces. Kind and concerned...he was a true example of a Christ-like person.
NJ was a fun teacher and everyone knew he cared. He was loyal to our school and to his students. Go BHS!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God speed...
Dan and Karen Johnson
Dan and Karen Johnson
November 16, 2009
Dear Di, I am so sorry to hear about NJ'. I only found out he was ill just last week. It's hard for me to think about NJ without thinking about what a great marriage and friendship the two of you shared. My prayers are with you, Diane. I hope to see you soon.
Jayne Patience
Jayne Patience
November 16, 2009
Though it has been more than forty years since I first met NJ at West Jordan Junior High, few days pass without at least a fleeting thought of his influence on me and my fellow students over many years. He always made me smile, think and excel. Though he is gone from among us, his spirit will live on with us. I am grateful and better for having known him.
Dan Crane
November 16, 2009
Dear Tullos family,
I first met Mr. Tullos while attending West Jordan Jr. High School.
He was one of the most captivating teachers I had. When our class was moving up to high school, I thought wow, I hope I have another teacher as willing to spend the time to get some of us to understand the fine points of whatever subject we were taking. To my amazement when we showed up the first day at Bingham H.S. there he was! He had graduated along with us! I have never forgotten him and his easy way of getting us to grasp whatever subject he was teaching at the time. He helped me understand there were things in life I should know about, whether they were in the teaching curriculum or not. Thanks for sharing him with the students of this state.
He changed many lives!
Lynn Larsen
November 16, 2009
Mr. Tullos was my 8th grade history teacher back in 1968. He had a gift of making every student feel good about them selves, and wanting to do their best. He made education fun with his sense of humor and the stories he would tell. Back in the Fall of 68 he called me to the front of the class room to grad my paper in front of everyone. I was scared to death and was anticipating the worst case of embarrassment a kid could encounter by having a teacher put red check marks through all the wrong answers. However, as he proceded to grade my paper, no check marks were made and when he finished, he wrote and announced,(in his best Texas accent,)"100%" for everyone to see and hear. He then congratulated me for a job well done. My spirit was invigorated and I felt like I was superman for the day. Because of that one day, I felt like there was nothing I couldn't accomplish. That day really ment a lot to me and it changed how I felt about myself and others. I will always consider him as a friend and a teacher who really cared.
Benjamin Farrer
November 16, 2009
Dear Sister Tullos and family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences concerning the passing away of your beloved husband and patriarch to your family. The dedicated influence of a loving husband and patriarch is a significant matter.

May the Lord's blessings of comforting solace, continual peace, and abiding love sustain you and your family members during this difficult time of mourning. May you and your family walk the path of bereavement with an enduring eternal perspective of the happy family reunion to come in a far brighter place.


Clyde and Amelia Triptow
Clyde Triptow
November 16, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,
I have such great memories of Bingham High. Mr. Tullos is part of those memories. He was so funny and easy to get along with. He made me feel like I could do anything. He will be missed and I will always remember him. Kim Baker, Sandy
November 16, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,
NJ was my pricipal at Bingham Middle School for 3 years. He was always supportive and always had a sense of humor even when things were tense. He was relaxed and acted like he had all the time in the world for you. He always supported his faculty and loved the students. He will be missed. I am glad that I got to know him.
Jim Stewart
November 15, 2009
Dear Diane and Family,
We express our sincer condolences and sympathies at NJ's passing. I always considered it a uniquie pleasure to have known and worked with NJ in the Jordan School District. We first met in 1968 at W.J. Jr. High. I always regarded him as "one of a kind", (that was a good thing), and good for kids. He has been a real fighter for the past 16 years as he battled his cancer. Our lives are better for having known and worked with him. And we share his loss at this time and looked forward to a reunion with him in the future.
With all love and sympathies,

Bob and Kathleen Day
November 15, 2009
Diane, John, and Billy, words can't begin to express my love for all of you at this difficult time. I have so much gratitude for NJ and the way he showed Nicole such unconditional love and she has such a special place in her heart for him and for your family. I will always think of the sweet relationship that NJ and Noah had and what an inspiration that was for me. We have all been blessed to have a part of NJ in our lives to make us better people. May all of you and your wonderful family feel God's comfort and may you be blessed to feel NJ's presence in your lives. Love you all Debbie Pimm
Debbie Pimm
November 15, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,
NJ--well, what can one say about NJ except that he was an extremely loving, giving soul with a wonderful sense of humor--never met a stranger--and never at a loss for words :) We will always cherish our memories of the many good times camping and fishing (& the big fish frys & hush puppies). Thanks NJ, Diane, John & Billy for being such a great friends to our family for all the years since NJ & my dad first met at Bingham High many,many years ago. You were indeed friends, but we will always consider you more than that--family. We will miss him, but glad we had the pleasure to spend many times with this "one of a kind" great guy!
Love to all,
Debbie & Robert Wilkins and girls
Debbie/Robert Wilkins
November 15, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,
Ray and I just want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May your memories bring you comfort and may they stay with you always. Ray will miss him greatly, his gentle spirt and his wit.

Ray Patience And Delores
Midvale, Utah
November 15, 2009
Tullos family,
So sorry for your loss. May god embrace you and your families with his love and comfort at this hard time.
All my love Sonia and Loren
Sonia Ellis
November 15, 2009
Tullos Family,

NJ gave me my very first teaching job at Eastmont Middle School many years ago. He was a wonderful mentor, instructional leader, colleague, and friend. I will miss him. God speed to each of you,

Maggie Cummings
November 15, 2009
Dear Tullos family, I have had the honor, privilege, and blessing to have been a part of your family for the past 12 years. I have so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish and keep dear to my heart for the rest of my life. I will be forever eternally grateful that NJ played a big part in raising and molding my son Noah into the wonderful young man he is now and into the future wonderful man that he will be. I am so glad I had the chance to speak with him before he passed and to tell him and Diane how I felt about them. I am so happy that he was able to tell me that he " thought the world of me " because that is exactly how I felt about him.I loved him dearly and will miss him tremendously.
November 15, 2009
Tullos Family -

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you move through this chapter of your lives. May you feel comfort, love and peace.

All our love, Denny Shelledy, Nick & Ashley Holmquist
November 15, 2009
I love you guys,
I feel so privileged to have been a part of all of your life’s. I love you all dearly. I looked up to him as a second father. NJ was one of the most honorable men to have walked the earth. The man was a Saint!
I am extremely sorry for your loss, he will be tremendously missed. Wrap your arms around Noah like Christ has wrapped his arms around NJ. Dianne, Billy, John and Tosha – I’m here for you guys and you know that. So if there’s anything you need, please don’t hesitate.
With Love and Sympathy,
Josh, Amie and Kids and the rest of the Crosby Clan
Josh Crosby
November 14, 2009
Dear Diane, Billy, John, and Family, I am so saddened by the news of NJ's passing. I will always keep in my heart the memorieis our family had with NJ and your family. We always had fun...he was the life of the party. We all looked to him for advice and wisdom. Your family was such a big part of our lives for so many years and we are so glad to have known him and had an enduring friendship through all of our trials and happiness. We love you all and share in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie and Don Anderson
and the Whitworth Family
November 14, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,

I extend my prayers and sincere condolences. My sister shared the great privilege of grandparenting Noah Tullos with NJ, and always had the highest praise for him.

Tereann Greenwood, Rhode Island
November 14, 2009
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We were saddened when we heard NJ passed away. He fought a hard and long
battle.He kept his faith and love and kept on fighting. Ted sure enjoyed what time he had with NJ fishing and racing when yall were here in Florida. NJ will be missed but we have some fond memories of good times he left us. We will always cherish these memories.
Marie/Ted Petty
November 14, 2009
John, Tosha, Diane and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and eternal mate. I only met your dad once, so I did not know him well. He must have been an amazing man to raise two boys that exude such enthusiasm and zest for life. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Kathy Wieland
November 14, 2009
To John and family

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I didn't know him, but what I've heard he was a wonderful and fun loving man, truly someone to miss! Enjoy your memories and keep them close. Hugs and kisses to you all and may God bless.

Love The Keners,
Trent, Lisa and Kids
November 14, 2009
NJ--"awesome" is the word for him and how great he always was. I have such fond memories of him, Diane, John and Billy. Our camping trips to the Uintas-and Island Park, ID. He always made it all fun and we laughed and laughed. He always asked how everyone was, and was concerned that all was well. He and my Dad were good friends for so long, and he would come to our home in Kearns after a day at Bingham High, where he and my Dad would make fishing plans to Utah Lake and have a coke. "If you want entertaaaaainment, I'll give you entertaaaainment", I would say this to him in a Texan drawl and it became something he always wanted me to say when he was there with my Dad, and we would really laugh! He will be so missed and my heart is saddened to see such a great Man leave too soon. Love and prayers to you, Diane, John and Billy. You're Dad was so proud of you and what a great Family you are. We are all so blessed to have been able to know you all and love you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Embrace the memories forever. Sending lots of love to you all. Lee, Paula Newton-Taylor, Garrett & J.P.
Paula Newton-Taylor
November 14, 2009
Dear Diana,John,and Billy

I am so sorry to here about NJ. You guys have been such great neighbors and friends for so many years. Diana you are such a strong person and you always go on with such courage and grace. I admire that so much about you! One day at church NJ helped my mother out to the car,he was always so thoughtful of others even though he was sick himself. My Mom commented how nice he was to her. That really meant alot to me.Little did I know I wouldn't have her much longer. Our prayers are with you always.And we Love you all very much. If we can help with anything please don't hesitate to call.
Love Tim and June Hansen
November 14, 2009
Dear Tullos Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We only met NJ a few months ago but in just that short time we learned a great deal of this wonderful man. He clearly loved his family and was very passionate about sharing his wisdom with others.
Knowing that he didnt feel well, he still took the time and effort to get to know a new face. It was clear that he made friends easily.
When we hear of the Florida Gators playing...we will think of him.

Robert & Tracy Jensen and Family
November 14, 2009
Diane: We are very sorry to hear that NJ has passed away. He has been a strength to us through his trial. I am glad we could help him to & from therapy and church. His and your friendship has been very welcomed. Rell and Rwilda Reynolds
Rell Reynolds
November 14, 2009
I loved him dearly, like family. What a void I feel - but SUCH memories. There is only one NJ Tullos. My sister Diane I love you with all my heart and your sons you have shared with me too. So happy for the new addition to your family, Tosha and kids to help you through this. You know I am here for you always. Scott sends his love and had great love for NJ too - NJ showed his concern for him even with all he was going through. Scott always mentions remembering NJ calling Diiiiiiiiane from our house next door, and we'd laugh. Like I said only one NJ. Thanks for the memories - we have many!!!! You will be dearly missed!!! and we'll have much to catch up on when we meet again.Much Love to you all, Chery & Scott
Chery Pannier
November 14, 2009
Diane, John, and Billy, I am so sorry for you loss. I will miss seeing NJ walkin around the house and that wonderful Texas accent. He was a great man and I'm glad to have been your families neighbor and friend for 34 years. My prayers and love are with you at this time.
Andrew Cano
November 14, 2009
My Dad thought the world of NJ and we had some fun times as a kid hunting with him. He always made us laugh. He will be missed.
Scott Beckstead
November 14, 2009
Dear Diane, I talked with NJ a few months back and it was so good to hear his voice. He told me he would let you know I called. You both have been in my thughts so often. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope I will see you again sometime. Charlie Hays Flentye
November 14, 2009
"Bet me Bill Tyler", as Dad would say!

The way you have taken care of and nurtured Dad throughout your whole marriage has been so inspirational and courageous. You fought the battle together side by side.
We love you and our prayers are with you as we celebrate Dad's life...your Sweetheart.
God bless you always Mom,
John, Tosha and the kids
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