John Barton, 1947 ~ 2012

John Wesley Barton, 64, of Menan, Idaho, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at his home.

He was born July 9, 1947 in Murray, Utah to Wesley Franklin Barton and Faye Gardner Barton. He was raised and attended schools in Moab. He continued his education in Milwaukee.

He worked for Utah Power and Light for 28 years. He then returned to school, becoming a certified equine massage therapist.

His life was centered on his family. “Big John” loved the outdoors and took great delight in helping others. He felt deep devotion to his faith in the LDS church and his Heavenly Father.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Barton, of Menan, Idaho; daughters, Kaylynn Yates, of Rexburg, Idaho, Jennifer (Josh) Cutts, of Rigby, Idaho; sons, Michael Barton, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jared (Patti) Barton, of Pocatello, Idaho, Preston (Heidi) Barton, of Rigby, Idaho; three step-daughters; seven step-sons; sisters, Meris Secrest, of Roose-velt, Utah, Kathryn (Garry) Bond, of Draper, Utah, Carol (Bob) Robertson; 11 grandchildren; 24 step-grandchildren; and 27 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at the Menan Stake Center. Burial was in the Sutton Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

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