Jack J Franz, age 60, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Lehi Utah after a long battle with cancer. Jack was born in Lander, Wyoming on October 9, 1960 to Merlyn and Patsy Franz. Jack grew up in Lander with his two brothers Jim and Robert (Bob), and his sister Carol. He met Jonni Morgan in Lander in 1976 and they married in Payson, Utah on February 2, 1979. Jack and Jonni raised their three sons Juston (Cody), Jacob (Jake), and Jordan in Payson. In 2013 Jack married again to Judy Cecherini and in 2015, Jack found his final love and partner until death, Jodi Johnson.
Jack's livelihood was finding adventure in the outdoors. The time he shared with family and friends in the mountains while fishing, hunting, and camping will be forever remembered and cherished. His favorite (and sometimes secret) spots will live on with his sons and passed on to his grandchildren. He enjoyed welcoming others on his adventures and showing them a good time. Jack loved to learn and !quickly mastered new skills that caught his interest. He was an avid reader, gun enthusiast, mechanic, and loved to pick up unique projects.
Jack spent his career in the construction industry. He started Jack Franz Construction, his own steel building company, in the mid 90's. He ran a successful business for nearly 20 years before closing up shop to take on his first battle with cancer. A tremendous fighter, Jack and his incredible medical team overcame his first bout. Jack went on to take up work with Hughes General Contractors where he worked up until his death.
The years Jack spent with Jodi added new memories and new family. Jack enjoyed sharing his time and passions with Grandma Clark and Jodi's children and grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob, and his brother-in-law and best friend Lonny Morgan. He is survived by his three sons Cody (Cassie) Franz of Payson; Jake (Tiffany) Franz of Riverton UT; and Jordan (Ashley) Franz of Spanish Fork UT; his partner Jodi Johnson of Draper UT; his brother Jim (Tierney) Franz of Lander; and his sister Carol Hurtado of Green River, WY. Jack also leaves behind his grandchildren Jentrey (Georgann) Franz; Jerika (Corbin) Crews; Merissa (Taylor) Jensen; Brendon (Maicee) Franz; Annika Franz; McKay Jackson Franz; Everly Franz; Luke Franz; Easton Franz; and Paizley Franz; and his great grandchildren Grace, Martie, Blaire, and Rylee; and many other family and friends who are not listed.
Jack's welcoming demeanor, generous heart, and adventurous spirit will live on with his family and the lives of those who knew him.
A memorial service for friends and family is being held to honor Jack and celebrate his life at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Emerald Eve Event Center located at 192 UT-198 in Salem, Utah. The service will be followed by a luncheon for family.
Flowers and condolences can be sent to 596 W. 100 N., Payson, Utah 84651. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Jack's name in an effort to end childhood cancer. https://www.stjude.org
Condolences can be offered at www.legacyfunerals.com.