John Ralph Ferrin 1949 ~ 2009 Our beloved husband, father and friend, John Ralph Ferrin, passed away suddenly on Dec. 2, 2009.John was born in Salt Lake City on September 5, 1949, to Ralph Shaw and Shirlee Ann Bishop Ferrin. He grew up in Midvale, and would spend most his life there. He enjoyed playing sports and camping with his neighbors and the scout troop. He earned his Eagle Scout award. John graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1967, participating in the debate club. He served an honorable mission in the Australia South mission from 1968 - 1970. He spoke often and fondly of his mission days. The people he served, the companions he served with, and the places he served in were important contributions in his life as John became the person he was. John graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1973. He was greatly involved in Institute and Sigma Gamma Chi. John returned to the U to earn a Master's degree in history. The title of his thesis was "Historical Site Survey of Southeast Salt Lake County." John and Gail Lucille Kofford were married July 6, 1979, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived briefly in Rose Park before buying a home in Midvale. They are the parents of Christine Anne and Holly Elizabeth. John was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His favorite calling was Gospel Doctrine teacher. He was exceptionally passionate about the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. He inspired many students in his classes with his shared research and testimony. He worked for Wheeler Machinery for 30 years. He enjoyed his time on the road, and interacting with his friends and customers. He served as union steward for many years. Many employees benefited from his dedication to his values and sense of fairness during contract negotiations. John had many interests and loves throughout his life. John's family was his greatest joy and most important thing in his life. He cherished every moment with them. John loved traveling. He took his family on many vacations. Alaska, Glacier National Park, the Oregon and California coasts, Prince Edward Island, Maine, and New York State were just a few of his favorite spots, as well as various places throughout Utah. He enjoyed vacation preparation almost as much as the travel itself, and his family benefitted from his knowledge about the places they visited. John was proud to be a Utah Ute. He and his family had season football tickets at the U for many years, and they enjoyed games together, during both good and long-suffering seasons. John had a variety of eclectic collections that he enjoyed adding to. Reading was a frequent pastime for John. He enjoyed any history era, but especially loved reading about World War II. Through his reading, he gained a wide and deep knowledge of a variety of topics. John realized the value of continuing one's education, and was currently studying at TechSkills in preparation for his second career, medical coding and billing. John was a generous person. If he could help in any way, he was willing. He helped many family members and friends over the years. We are all better people because of our association with him. John is survived by his wife, Gail; his children, Christine Ferrin and Holly Ferrin; and his brothers, Russell (Diane) Ferrin, Midvale, and David (Korinn) Ferrin, Phoenix, AZ. He is preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be held Monday, December 7, 2009 at Midvale North Stake Center, 97 West 7500 South, Midvale, Utah, at 12:00 Noon. Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.

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May God pour his peace and comfort for you all at this sad time. My favorite memory of working with John was how he loved Christmas; and would go out of his way to give everybody a special greeting and a candy bar! It always made me smile.
I believe John gets to spend this Christmas with Jesus! We will miss John. God Bless you through your sorrow.
Cara Galleni
December 20, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am an instructor at TechSkills. I will miss Johns Smiling face here. He would always say "hello" and make me Smile.
Melissa Gaver
December 8, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many of us are with you at this time of sorrow.
We could always depend on John to do his best here at Wheeler Machinery & He always did.
He is a goodman,dependable, honest & good friend to many of us.
He has been missed and will be missed.
Good bye my friend & Thank you.
Phillip J Powell
December 7, 2009
Gail and Girls:

I am sooo sorry to hear about this loss in your life. I didn't open Nancy's email until this afternoon and so I'm afraid I missed the visitation and funeral.

Gail, you have been a dear friend and someone I have always looked forward to seeing and visiting with at our CTE meetings.

There are NO words to express how sorry I am that you lost John so suddenly, and since that is the way I lost my dad, I know how VERY hard it is for those left behind, even though for the person we lose it is a blessing!!

PLEASE know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you move forward with your life. You have the blessing of having 2 wonderful companions and friends in your girls just as I do with my 2 girls.

My thoughts are with you!!
Marlene Hasenyager
December 7, 2009
Please accept my condolances at the loss of your husband, father, brother. I am so very sorry. Such a beautiful obituary, it must give you comofort tht he had such a good life.
Carolyn Landward
December 7, 2009
Ferrin family
I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
I worked with John @ Wheeler for 8 years, he was a very happy person, not to mention all the times he helped me with parts orders. John will be missed!
Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you @ this time of need.
Michelle Brace
December 7, 2009
Michelle Brace
December 7, 2009
Gail and Family.. I'm sorry to hear of John's passing.He and I became good friends when I first met him at Wheelers.I'll miss him.John helped me with many things,church and business,He would print many copies of information from FARMS. Ours thoughts and prayers are with you and your family family.
John Madsen
December 7, 2009
I knew John from work and always considered him one of the night shift Brotherhood. Many many times his skill at work made sure we had the proper parts to keep our equipment running the next day.
John was a very honest man that We could always depend on.
Good bye old friend, Rest in Peace.
Bob Higgins
December 6, 2009
I worked with John for many years. Though we were in different departments, I worked with him quite often, and we became good friends.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort
Charles Lee
December 6, 2009
John was a very generous man who always seemed to shine at Christmas time. His co workers liked him and he was easy to get along with. His eclectic taste in music and his interest in history always appealed to me. I worked with John for about a years time at Wheeler Machinery. I didn't know his as long as some but he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.
Justin Allen
December 6, 2009
Gail, Christine & Holly...

We send our our love and prayers to you. May you be comforted and filled with peace at this time.
Lori Bishop Seage
December 5, 2009
I enjoyed working with John for many years. He had a very outgoing personality and an infectious smile. He would always try to give everyone of his coworkers at Wheeler Machinery something for Christmas. Our prayers will be with his family.
Gaylen Walker
December 5, 2009
Gail, Christine, and Holly,

What a wonderful husband and father John was! I loved reading about him. I know there are not always the right words to ease your sorrow, but do know in time God gives us the strength to go on. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love Kelley
Kelley Rampton
December 5, 2009
I knew john from the early wheeler days, He always had a smile on his face, and was always joking, John was a exceptional worker, I will always remember johns quick wit. John will be sorely missed.
kory lunak
December 5, 2009
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