Benjamin John Holyoak, 73, passed away from mesothelioma on Feb. 3, 2009 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 18, 1935 in Moab, to Clarence and Geniveve Holyoak.
He grew up in Moab attending schools in Moab and attended BYU. He married Gayle Larrabee on Jan. 5, 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple, sealed by Elder Marion G. Romney.
He moved to St. George as he was starting his family. He was a salesman for M etropolitan Life for many years and later sold floor coverings. In recent years he enjoyed working part-time for Allied Pacific in landscape maintenance, making many friends.
He was a great example to his family and friends. His life was spent in service of community, church, friends and family. He was member of the Kiwanis Club for many years. His children and grandchildren could always count on him for anything they needed. There was seldom a ball game, piano or dance recital, that didn’t find him there cheering on his kids or grandchildren. He was a jack-of-all-trades, always helping family and friends with anything that he could.
He was truly a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was a humble man. He served faithfully in church callings, always telling his family that he felt inadequate but he would do his best. He served a mission in Australia, making friendships that lasted a lifetime. He enjoyed all his callings in the church. He served as a counselor to three bishops and as clerk to several others. He was currently serving at the St George Care Center, ministering to the residents there.
He felt blessed to have raised his family in such a great place. Dad and Mom have enjoyed the same neighbors for over 40 years and 600 South is a bit of heaven on earth.
He loved to go hunting and fishing with friends and family. Family reunions and remembering his pioneer heritage were very important to him. He was an avid Jazz fan and always enjoyed watching a good football game with his sons and grandchildren. He had a great love for America and enjoyed studying history and the constitution.
Ben and Gayle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. He is survived by his wife and six children and their 21 grandchildren, Kim (Cathy), Farmington, Utah, Kevin (Nancy), Sandi Brian (John), of St George, Mike (Robyn), Sandy, Utah, Becky Lurie (Ben), Las Vegas, Sydnee Kinder (Bud), of St George. He is also survived by his siblings, Louesa Pearce (Leonard), Morgan, Utah, Rulon (Millie), West Valley, Dorothy Hagner (John), Moab.
A special thanks to IHC Hospice. Melissa Ethington, Denise Gray, and the other nurses were angels of mercy that brightened dad’s day as they so lovingly attended to him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 7 at the LDS East Stake Center, 450 South 300 East, in St George. Visitation was Friday at Metcalf Mortuary and on Saturday at the East Stake Center. Interment was in the Tonaquint Cemetery, St. George. Arrangements were under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-674-4221.