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John Kenneth Crater

ROY, Utah - John Kenneth Crater was born on the 12th of August 1943 in Stackstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

It was reported that he behaved as any other child excepting that he got into more trouble.
His pre-school years were spent partly at play and partly in hearing the three "R's". He found this to be a great disservice as for the first three years in school he was bored stiff and found it hard to concentrate all his educational years.
He worked a lot of different jobs in his youth. First in maintenance, then as a restaurant manager, a day laborer, a truck driver, a concrete mixer driver, a water conditioner technician, and as a deputy sheriff in Dauphin County (Harrisburg) Pennsylvania.
After moving to Utah in 1970, he worked as a Signal Maintainer for Southern Pacific Railroad. For a brief time, he fulfilled a childhood dream of working as a cowboy before becoming an Aircraft Structural Sheet Metal Mechanic at Hill Air Force Base Utah. He retired in 2003 after 30 years of service.
In recent years, his health had started to deteriorate ending in his passing from this earth on 24 December 2021.
He was a life-long outdoorsman, hunter, and gun enthusiast, teaching as a Utah State Hunter Safety Instructor and a Concealed Carry Instructor. He was also a volunteer Range Master at the Lee-Kay Center, the Weber County Shooting Complex, and a member of the Wasatch Shooters Association. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the National Rifle Association, and a Freemason. His favorite past-time was study of history, specifically of the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World Wars 1 and 2.
Surviving is his wife of 43 years Barbara Fay Crater (Nee: Weil), his former wife Kay (Nee: Stonesifer) Johnson, his three children Keith (Paula) Crater, Christina Wilson (Josh & Kenzie Spell), and Ken (Lizbeth} Crater, all of Utah. Also, seven grandchildren, seven great-grand-children, and a multitude of family and friends across America.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence "Butch" and Jean (Nee: Evans) Crater, his sister Sarah "Sally" Schwab, and his niece Sarah Schwab, all of Pinedale, Wy.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their help and assistance during this time: CNS Brent and Mike, Encompass Dr. Seth Lewis, Chaplain Kim, Social Workers Laura, Jenn, Teresa, and Ashley.
Cremation services will be handled by Leavitt's Mortuary of Ogden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a charitable donation be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children.
A Celebration of Life event will held be held at a later date.

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I don't remember the day I met John, but it immediately felt like we'd been friends our whole lives. He was certainly a character, and someone that I can truly say was my friend. I know that my life was enriched by his friendship. He will be truly missed.

Douglas Orr Jan 4 2022 3:22 PM

My deepest condolences to John's Family. John was a Special friend, and compadre. Hardnosed but fun, he liked to argue on any subject just to argue, taking the opposite side at times but always in good spirit. I will sorely miss him and his companionship. Ride on mighty firearms instructor. May the Angels look after you. Terry

Terry Jan 2 2022 6:47 PM

John has left us all with memories of unique person that usually lived life as a Frank Sinatra song "I did it my way". It's what makes our world go round. Love you Barb.

Karen C Luck Dec 31 2021 12:55 PM

I will treasure the fond memories of time spent with John as we shared our interest in history and its artifacts.

His cheerful camaraderie and wisdom were most welcome in the many groups he was associated with.

Condolences to the entire family, as we remember a life well lived.

John S. Dec 29 2021 5:30 PM

Barb - Has it really been more than 43 years since you introduced me to "Smoke Wagon" John? I know I stand in a long line saying I will truly miss him. I miss the things we used to do together and I know the world has lost someone special. May that rock in your shoe reach a place where it no longer hurts, but you will always feel it's there. MJ

Michael S Jackson Dec 29 2021 2:46 PM

My deepest sympathies Barbara. I'll always remember the fun times we all had. I'll miss John's wit.

Stephanie Carlsen Dec 28 2021 3:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Crater

Stephanie Carlsen Dec 28 2021 3:14 PM

My heart goes out to you Barbara and to your family for your loss.

Linda Fritz Dec 27 2021 8:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Crater

Vickie Ray Dec 27 2021 2:27 PM