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John Paul Saunders

John Paul Saunders, story-teller extraordinaire and number one fan of boy scouting, has left his worn out body behind to go entertain a new audience on his next adventure. Paul was born on November 17, 1943, the youngest child and only son of John William and Stella VanZweden Saunders.

Paul was born, and lived his entire growing up years, in Ogden. He graduated from Ben Lomond High School in 1962. He served an LDS mission from 1963-65 in the Southern California Mission. He married Charlene Reed in 1965 (divorced) and together they had 5 sons: Tim, Mark, Steve, Danny, and Jeremy (deceased). He married Diane Avery in 1980 and together they had 5 sons: Jake, Ben, Sam, John, and Josh. Paul loved all his family dearly – all 10 sons, daughters-in-law, 23 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandkids. His surviving sister is Vaneta Zaugg (Wendell). He was the favorite uncle of many nieces and nephews.

His parents and two sisters, Sharon South (LaVar) and Colleen Marriott (Jim), preceded him in death.

Paul moved his family to Huntsville, UT in 1975 where he loved his parcel of land and all that was produced from it, including his posterity. He worked at Hill Air Force Base for 42 years, retiring in 2009. His most favorite job came after retiring when he worked as a grocery bagger for 3 years at Stop & Shop.

Paul loved the Lord and, as a member of the LDS Church, had a strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. He, along with his wife Diane, served two missions: One in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission from 2012-2013, the other at the Ogden Bishop’s Storehouse from 2014-16. He also had a great love for boy scouting. He participated on many levels, most often as cub master and scout master earning the Silver Beaver award in 2000.

He had a great love for people and considered all he met a friend. He leaves a huge void in the lives of many.

A viewing will be held Friday, September 8,  2017  from 6 to 8 pm at the LDS Church in Huntsville, 277 S. 7400 E. The funeral will also be at the church on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2 pm. Interment will be at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah.   

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I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know it's hard when a loved one dies, but there is a promise that God has given us at Acts 24:15 that all will be resurrected for both the righteous and unrighteous. I hope you can find comfort in this along with other enlightening scriptures like Revelation 21:4 Romans 12:12

Asha Sep 13 2017 12:00 AM

Sending lots of love to the family and all those who feel his loss. He was an amazing man.

Vanisha Roybal Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Saunders

Ava Crosby Tracy Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

I grew up with "Paul". We lived a few blocks apart but went to the same ward. We also went through school together, graduating from Ben Lomond. Paul was a fun person to be around. My sympathy and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

Ava Crosby Tracy Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

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A Sweet and Warm RemembrancePedestal Arrangement was sent on September 8, 2017

Dear Diane and family, Our prayers are with you. Paul is a very special man and will be dearly missed. We have been truly blessed to be able to know him and the members of your family. We hope you will continue to find peace and comfort in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Love, The Schroeder Family

Expression of Sympathy Sep 8 2017 12:00 AM

Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your children. Know that you will be blessed in the days, weeks, and months to come. You will be in my prayers. Love, Maren

Maren McFarland Sep 7 2017 12:00 AM