Larkin Mortuary

John Grant Holton

03/09/1938 - 10/12/2017

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John Grant Holton passed away peacefully Thursday, October 12, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was the 5th child and only son of Grant John Holton and Ella Louise Peterson Holton. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 9, 1938. He had 4 older sisters, Bethea (Beth), Barbara, Beverly, and Renee who adored him. His early childhood was spent in Salt Lake City attending Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Jr High and South High School. He later graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. John served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Denmark. After his mission, he married Karen Andersen, who had immigrated from Denmark to the United States. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 12, 1962. They have 2 sons, Allen (Kendra) Holton and Michael (Roxane) Holton. They have 7 grandchildren, Nicholas (Sarah), Tyler John (deceased), Melissa (Blake), Lindsey, currently serving a mission in Puerto Rico -Redlands, California, Jonathan, Pernille and Harald. John is preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Beth and Barbara and his Grandson, Tyler John. John had a successful career in business working for Levi Strauss, Beehive Clothing Mills, Lynn Wilson Products and other businesses. John loved music and sang with a barbershop group and various quartets’. He loved golf even until his last weeks but there was nothing he loved more than being with and supporting his grandchildren. John was a High Priest and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, serving in many callings throughout his life. He especially had a passion for indexing. His outgoing personality and keen sense of humor was endearing to all. He could make anyone feel welcome and at ease. He was a kind and generous man always willing to help out anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Wasatch Stake Center, 8170 S. Short Hills Drive, Cottonwood Heights, Ut. The viewing will be held Saturday October 21, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the same location.

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  • I just watched the video of John Holton and I noticed he always had a smile on his face even when he wasn’t posing for a picture! He locved life and the people he surrounded himself with. I was happy to have met him through my son in law Nick. I remember many family get togethers where John was present and engaged with any and everyone. I believe he will be at all those get together s still. Bless you all that you will find joy and peace as you remember all that John represented and loved. We will all miss him. We pray that this day will truely be a celebration of life and happy family times. All my love, Michelle

    — Michelle McMaster