John Henry Volkert, also known as Jack, passed away on December 14, 2023, at the age of 87 in Spanish Fork, Utah. Born on June 26, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jack brought immense joy to the lives of those around him with his infectious happiness, quick wit, and a humor that could brighten any situation. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and cherished friend.
Jack was married to Julie Bailey on October 3, 1956, and they were blessed with two children. Although their marriage ended in divorce, Jack found love again and married Julie Ann in 1969, with whom he had a daughter. After their divorce, Jack married Cal Cook on January 20, 1989. His deep care for his children, especially his close bond with Jackie, showcased the warmth of his heart. Though he regretted not being as involved in the earlier years of his older children, his affection for Frank and Voni was just as evident as it was for Jackie.
Jack's dedication to his family extended beyond his children. He is survived by his beloved wife Cal, as well as his brother Bob and sister Mary Ann. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ann.
In his professional life, Jack held various roles, including serving as a taxi driver, long-haul truck driver, and working in the bread and liquor sales industry. He approached his work with the same determination and unwavering spirit that defined his character.
Jack proudly served his country as a Marine, enlisting in 1953 for three years and re-enlisting again in 1961 for an additional three years. His military associations were an integral part of his life, and his commitment to duty and service was unwavering.
Outside of his professional life and military service, Jack had a passion for softball coaching, running, and fishing. He found joy in coaching his daughter to become a stellar college softball pitcher and loved spending time outdoors with his children.
As a high priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jack found solace and strength in his faith. He was an active member of the church and served for 14 years as a temple worker, He also served as a self-elected church greeter, adding sweetness to gatherings by handing out programs and slipping pieces of candy to members' hands, especially the children.
A viewing and funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 3477 River Bottom Road, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660. The schedule for the day is as follows: a viewing at 9:00 AM, followed by a family prayer and closing of the casket at 10:30 AM, the funeral service at 11:00 AM, and the interment and dedication of the grave at the Spanish Fork, Utah Cemetery at 12:45 PM. A family luncheon will be held at the church.
The services are being arranged by LEGACY FUNERALS & CREMATIONS, located in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Jack's presence was truly a gift, leaving a lasting impact on all who knew him. While we mourn his loss, we find comfort in knowing that he is now in the loving embrace of his Savior. May his example be emulated by those who inherit his legacy.