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In Memory of

Dr. John Hammond Wilson

August 29, 1928 - September 20, 2017

Obituary


Salt Lake City, Utah - John (Jack) passed away on September 20, 2017 due to complications from smoke inhalation caused by a house fire. Jack was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 29, 1928 to Mary Beatie Wilson and Dr. John Henry Wilson. He was the youngest of two sons. He spent his school years in Salt Lake City. He graduated in the class of 1946 at East High, where he met his sweetheart Joanne Campbell (Wilson). While at East High, he was active on the football team, and ski jumped at Ecker...

Salt Lake City, Utah - John (Jack) passed away on September 20, 2017 due to complications from smoke inhalation caused by a house fire. Jack was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 29, 1928 to Mary Beatie Wilson and Dr. John Henry Wilson. He was the youngest of two sons. He spent his school years in Salt Lake City. He graduated in the class of 1946 at East High, where he met his sweetheart Joanne Campbell (Wilson). While at East High, he was active on the football team, and ski jumped at Ecker Hill with his best friend, Holly Fryer. He attended the University of Utah, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Jack graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Botany. Jack and Joanne were married at the Delta Gamma Sorority house in 1949. Jack applied to dental school and was accepted into the School of Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri. Jack and Joanne traveled to Missouri where Jack spent four more years in school. After dental school their next adventure was spent in Ft. Lewis, Washington where Jack was a commissioned officer in the Army Dental Corps. While in the army Jack built his first boat, which he launched at their Boston Harbor cottage. He always said years spent in Washington were the best years of his life. After their adventure in Washington was over he returned to Salt Lake City to practice dentistry with his father. Although they loved Washington, leaving to return to Salt Lake and practicing dentistry with his dad was a decision he never regretted.

Jack was an active person who loved skiing, water skiing and boating. Joanne was always right there by his side. Jack and Joanne took their two girls skiing every weekend if possible. They also ventured down to Lake Powell when it was initially filling up with water, just to explore the beautiful canyons. Jack enjoyed skiing at Park City. Together he and Joanne purchased an old miner's home in Park City and renovated it for a ski cabin. That cabin led to building and renting ski properties in Park City for the next 40 years. Park City is also where he and Joanne became weekend ski instructors for several years. He also enjoyed skiing at Snowbird, where his youngest daughter, Caroline worked. He was an accomplished and beautiful skier, and enjoyed the sport until he was 76. Jack truly enjoyed the boating friends he made on the Boardwalk dock at Lucerne Bay, Flaming Gorge. After he lost his sweetheart Joanne, in 2014, he continued utilizing his boat with the help of his daughter Robyn and his friends on the dock. He truly appreciated the help and assistance he received gaining access to his boat and getting visits from his dock neighbors.

Jack is survived by his daughter Robyn Wilson. He is preceded in death by his wife Joanne C. Wilson, his daughter Caroline Wilson (Vaughn), his brother Frank Wilson and his parents. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, located at 3401 S Highland Drive, SLC, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 29th from 6 to 8 pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary and for 90 minutes prior to the funeral services on Saturday. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn immediately following the funeral service.
After the funeral, an informal celebration will be held at the home of a friend. Details on the location will be provided on the funeral program. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice, or take your best friend to dinner. Jack would like that.