John David Baxter died September 8th, 2021. He was born August 21st, 1954, in Salt Lake City to John Keith Baxter and Dalene Leone Armstrong Baxter.
David grew up in the Avenues of Salt Lake, attending Ensign Elementary, Bryant Jr., and East High School. He earned a B.S. in Communications at the University of Utah.
David was an avid enthusiast of space exploration. He advocated for a strong and active manned space program. In his youth, he enlisted the aid of many sponsors in the aerospace industry to bring about United States Space Week and Space Exploration Day, which resulted in the signing of proclamations by dozens of State Governors and several US Presidents. He was president of the Utah Space Association. David pursued his interests with great passion.
As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, David served in many Church callings, and studied the gospel of Jesus Christ diligently. He served a full-time mission in the Arizona, Tempe Mission.
David is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Susan, and his sister-in-law, Holly. He is survived by his siblings, Janet (Randy) Bartholomew, Marilyn (Skip) Riggs, Robert (Ann) Baxter, Richard (Amy) Baxter, and Karen (Mirek) Gruszkiewicz, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at his ward meeting house at 668 2nd Avenue in Salt Lake on Tuesday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will precede the services from 9:30-10:45. Interment will be at Redwood Estates Memorial Cemetery.
The funeral service will be live streamed via Zoom and will be available to watch at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81913944560
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David was simply David. He entertained us all with stories of NASA and space exploration. He thought on another level. He is out of pain now. He will be missed by many.