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John Clayton Beal

John Clayton Beal, 55, of North Ogden, Utah, after a nine-year battle with Metastatic Prostate Cancer, died on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in the comfort of his own home.

John was born on September 26, 1962 in Carmichael, California. He was the second child of Sharron (Sally) Rae (Evans) Beal and the late Clayton Philip Beal.  He grew up in Ogden, Utah with his three sisters and younger brother. He was active in scouting and an Eagle Scout at 13 years of age.  He attended and graduated from Ben Lomond High School.  In high school, he was active in swimming, and is remembered for his ability to play the piano and trumpet.  As a teenager, he began doing landscaping jobs and developed his own company.

After graduation from High School, John prepared and faithfully fulfilled a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Argentina Rosario Mission from 1981-1983.  Afterward, he attended Weber State College and continued his work as a Landscaper.  He owned his business, Beal Sprinkler and Landscapes, for 30+ years—providing jobs for dozens of workers and livelihoods for their families.  He married Nancy Mae-Ellen Sawin on December 16, 1986 in the Ogden Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and moved into their North Ogden home where they raised their 4 children, sharing their home with 2 cats, 2 dogs, 1 turtle & other family pets over the years.  They landscaped & nourished the many trees, flowers, bushes, and garden at their home.

John was an avid amateur film and television connoisseur, who was particularly fond of Harrison Ford films, Star Wars, and westerns, as well as Star Trek the Original Series, Highway to Heaven, and classics such as I love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Gunsmoke, and Little House on the Prairie; and many more.  However, he kept a strict standard limiting rating and content he would permit at home, and his wife & he exercised careful discretion on behalf of their young children.  In addition, he loved to downhill ski, hike, go snowshoeing, and riding ATV’s, snowmobiles and personal watercrafts.  Oftentimes, he would spend time privately in nature to contemplate quietly.

John served in various positions in his church congregation, including Primary, Sunday School, & Elder Quorum Teacher.  He also served as an Assistant Scout Leader, and most recently by filling the baptismal font.  He considered his children his greatest legacy.  He especially cherished the time he spent taking them on outings. He was faithful to his spouse and family and always was concerned for their well-being.  He was overjoyed each time he learned of a new grandchild, and was gentle and patient with each.

John was aware of his shortcomings; however, throughout his life he strived to improve as a husband, father, individual and disciple of Jesus Christ. He was quick to apologize, and loved the Holy Scriptures, as well as attending the House of the Lord. He built his life around his faith & family—keeping them paramount to all else—and held firm in his devotion to the Son of God till the day he passed away. It is that faith in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and in life after death that he would want his family to remember most.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; four children: Cari (Brady) Shakespear, Jamie (Daniel) Gandy, Jason Beal, and Ryan (Lexi) Beal; two granddaughters: Allison and Sarah Shakespear; mother, Sharron “Sally” Beal, three siblings: Mary (Bob) Jones, Leah (Cleon) Lawrence, and Jared (Amy) Beal; and many loving nieces, nephews, and relatives.

His father, Clayton Beal, and three sisters: Susan “Susie” Beal, and pre-term twins Ruth & Sariah, preceded him in death.

His family is collecting memories, stories, and tributes of John. Please share your experiences and memories of him by emailing them to: befamilylime@gmail.com

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 27, 2018  at 11 am, with a viewing prior to service from 9:30 to 10:30 am,  at North Ogden 20th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 575 E 3100 N, North Ogden.  Friends may visit with family Sunday, August 26, 2018 from  6 to 8 pm at  Aaron’s Mortuary, 496 24th St,  Ogden.   Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, that someday soon we may find a cure—for all our loved ones.  Call 801-584-5800, or visit: huntsmancancer


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I am sad to see a former student has passed away. I very much remember John and his family when I was teaching in Ogden at Hillcrest elementary. I wish I could remember a specific story to tell, but it was long time ago. I do very much remember John as a handsome, sweet young person. He always seemed pretty happy to me. I also remember chatting with his mother when we would run into each other later on. I have not lived in Ogden for 21 years so I have lost touch with many. Please know what a fine little boy he was.

Judee Stanley Aug 25 2018 12:00 AM

A Mountain Meadow Pedestal Arrangement was sent on August 25, 2018

May the Lord's choicest blessing be with you during this time. The Evans' (Jerry, Karen, Bob, Ed and Lauri)

Expression of Sympathy Aug 25 2018 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go to the whole Beal family. Rebekah Anderton McGill

Rebekah Anderton McGill Aug 25 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Beal

Ricky Whitmore Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

To the Beal family, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a good friend and one of the guys from our old neighborhood. We shared a lot of good memories. Camp Kiesel. Sally and Clayton Beal as our Cub Scout leaders. John was an Eagle Scout and honored that award by the life he led, as exemplified by how he conducted his life when we all grew up together. May God bless and comfort your family during this difficult time. He will be missed.

Jed Barney

Jed Barney Aug 24 2018 12:00 AM

His family is collecting memories, stories, and tributes of John. PLEASE SHARE your experiences and memories of him by emailing them to: befamilylime@gmail.com

Cari Beal Shakespear Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

Our hearts are with you Salley, Nancy, Jared, Leah and Mary and the entire Beal family. May God and his angles soften your grief and the days ahead. Love, Roger and Diane Spiegel

Roger and Diane Spiegel Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM

A GARDEN PATH was sent on August 23, 2018

To Nancy & Family: We love you so much! Our prayers are with you. Love, Kevin & Debi Roberts

Expression of Sympathy Aug 23 2018 12:00 AM