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Jack Edward Jarvie

05/16/1928 - 07/25/2019

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Jack Edward Jarvie, 91, quietly passed away in his family home on Thursday, July 25, 2019. He was the second child born to John and Jennie Jarvie, on May 16, 1928, in rural Gunnison, Utah. His family traveled to Gunnison in a horse-drawn wagon just prior to his birth, and then returned to the family farm in Draper, Utah, where Jack grew up with brothers Ronald, Raymond “Scott”, Thearn, and sister Gloria “Fay”. Jack was one of the last of the “Greatest Generation”, serving with honor in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, and participating in the astonishing advances of the 20th Century.

Jack’s father immigrated as a small boy with his parents and grandparents from Bathgate, Scotland through Ellis Island in 1896, later his father purchased the family farm in Draper, where they raised bees, chickens, and other birds, and grew vegetables and fruits, from the time of the Great Depression to the present. Jack felt a deep love and attachment to the family home.

Jack also loved education and studied many different subjects in college, earning a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Utah. He shared his knowledge as a gifted teacher in the Granite School District and at the BYU Extension, teaching hundreds of Salt Lake Valley students to make pottery and other arts. He is well-known for his talented artistry in pottery, jewelry, sculpture, drawing, painting and wood working.

Jack met Wanda Gibson when they both worked for Highland Dairy. He proposed to her on a picnic in the spring of 1950 by hiding an engagement ring in an Easter basket. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 15, 1950, and were inseparable for 62 years, until her death in 2013. Together, they raised a family of ten children (five girls and five boys) in their Draper home.

Jack was a faithful member of the LDS Church holding many positions including serving at the Jordan River Temple. He also had a true western American spirit, loving to camp, fish, hunt, and explore in the great outdoors.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife Wanda, a son Daryl, his parents and his brothers Ronald, Scott and Thearn. He is lovingly remembered by their family, including their children, David Jarvie (Kathi), Teresa Jarvie, Grant Jarvie, Yvonne Jarvie (Brian), Warren Jarvie, Cynthia Jarvie, Marilyn Manzullo (Joel), Clint Jarvie, and Rachel Jarvie; their grandchildren, Amy Knight (Gordon), Robert Jarvie (Arianna), Jason Manzullo (Danielle) and Alexandra Olson (Harley); as well as five great-granddaughters.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate Jack’s life will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday August 2, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building, 498 Hollow Creek Road, Draper, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday August 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South) in Sandy and Friday August 2, 2019 one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences welcomed at larkincares.com.

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  • Mr. Jarvie was a wonderful teacher, one who I will always remember. He inspired me to do well in his pottery class at Olympus High School 50 yrs ago. I continue to use several of the items that I made. My deepest condolences to his family.
    Scott Arata

    — scott arata
  • Our Dear Mr. Jarvie,

    You will be in our hearts always! You were our ceramics teacher at Olympus High School and taught us so much! We knew we learned from the BEST!

    After the death of our father, you reached out to my sister Brenda and me and you became a father role model for us. You always kept in touch for more than 50 years sharing love, stories and caring for us. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever.

    Thank you for all your kindness, the welcome in your home from you and Wanda and the great examples you were to us.
    Our love goes out to your family and you will never be forgotten.

    Sincerely and Lovingly,

    Marlene Benson and Brenda Naccarato

    — marlene benson
  • Jack…..you were my friend and my “clay” mentor. I will miss our Thursday chats with your sense of humor and your smiling face. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to get to know you these last six or so years. I, along with the Clay Class members of the Draper Senior Center will really miss you. …….Lorraine

    — Lorraine Kuraitis

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