John Elden Pierce, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, left this world on December 7th, 2023, peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born to Henry Oliver and Sarah Josephine Rounds Pierce on July 18th, 1932, in Farmington, Utah.
Life wasn't easy during Dad's early years in Farmington. He lost his mother at the early age of five, a younger sister, and his father at the age of fifteen. After the loss of his parents, his family was sent in many different directions to live in foster care. Cache Valley was the final destination for him and his brother Dean. After staying with a few families, he was welcomed into the loving home of Warner and Pearl Hoopes and their family of Benson, Utah. Instantly he was blessed with an older brother and three sisters.
After graduation from North Cache High, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Korean War. Upon his return, he attended Utah State University, and then worked with a local company in home construction until he was hired on at Hill Air Force Base and later transferred to Thiokol Corporation where he made many lifelong friends. He also served with the Utah National Guard during this time.
Dad met his eternal companion, Barbara Poppleton Stuart, at a dance at the Elite Hall in Hyrum. They were married on October 27th, 1955, and were later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple. Mom and Dad made their forever home in Wellsville and were blessed with three beautiful children.
Dad had many interests, but his family was the very most important to him. He was a talented craftsman with his hands. Almost all of his grandchildren have toy boxes or gun cabinets he designed and built by hand. Clocks and tables made by him can also be found in the homes of many. He took his children fishing on the first day of the season for many years, but rarely did he get the chance to fish himself. When his family was younger, travelling meant that songs were sung all the way to our destination and back, and he loved it. He thoroughly enjoyed elk, pheasant, and deer hunting adventures with family and friends. Some of the most memorable times were camping, 4-wheeling and riding his motorcycle. Of all of these things, time spent with his family was his greatest joy.
Dad was a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in numerous callings and loved each one and those he served with. He served in the Scouting program and was always telling stories about his time spent making memories with the kids.
He was a member of the Wellsville Wildlife Federation and taught hunter's safety classes for many years. He also served the community of Wellsville by being on the Planning and Zoning Variance Board.
John (Elden) is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children: Becky (Mark) Turley, Jeff (Margo) Pierce, and Carol (J.D.) Wilde, twelve grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren with one on the way, and one great-great grandchild; sister, Alene Wood; foster sister, Donna Lou Lindberg, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Oliver Rex, Arthur, and Dean; sisters Ellen Ruth, Bertha, Margaret, and Norene: his foster parents, brother Richard and sisters Marlene and Tess.
The family would like to thank all of those who have helped at this time and for all of those who have shared their love and support.
Funeral services, under the direction of Allen-Hall Mortuary, will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Wellsville 7th LDS Ward Meeting House, 660 South 100 West, with a viewing held prior at the same place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will take place at the Wellsville City Cemetery with Military Honors.
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