John Burton Hunter passed away in Hurricane, Utah, on January 28, 2013, at the age of 80 years.
He was born on Nov. 22, 1932, in Cedar City, Utah, to Lorenzo and Gwendolyn Hunter. The home in which he was born is now known as the Hunter House Museum located at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City.
John spent early years of his life living in Cedar City and then Oneida, N.Y. It was there he joined the army with two of his brothers and served during the Korean War. After military service he moved to Santa Monica, California. This is where he eventually met his future wife Carolyn. They were married in 1959. Soon after, they moved to Oregon to raise their family. For a brief time they lived in Bend and Salem. However it was the community of Keizer where they spent 35+ years living.
John at first was in insurance sales. Soon after, he went into the bicycle business as owner of Salem Bike & Sport. The shop not only supported the family but also sponsored several road racing teams, bicycle motocross riders and skateboard teams and individuals.
He had several hobbies and interests including painting, fishing, gardening, reading, studying family history and traveling the Pacific Northwest.
John was and still is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many capacities including a mission to Virginia and North Carolina, a bishop and stake high counselor. He had a testimony of Jesus Christ, and followed His teachings to love one’s neighbors and care for others.
At John’s request, no general services will be held. He wanted to keep it simple. A graveside service will take place at his burial at the Cedar City Cemetery for immediate family.
John had many friends throughout his life and loved to serve. He will be missed and we know he is now in a better place. It’s comforting to know we will be with him again some day.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, his children Roseanne, Brian, Brent, Diane, five grandchildren and step brother James Van Patten. John is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Sidney, Lorenzo and Harry and sisters Hazel, Hilda, Betty and Gloria.
Online condolences can be sent at www.spilsburymortuary.com.