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Jon Orville IsomSeptember 15, 1939 ~ June 5, 2017 (age 77)
Jon Orville Isom of Danville passed away June 5, 2017. Born August 15, 1939 in Cedar City, Utah to Orville Isom and Gladys Woodbury. Jon was raised as part of a large family of 10 in this small southern Utah town. There he developed his love of sports, hunting, cooking, church, and most of all family. He was married in the St. George, Utah temple to Patricia Truman in December 29th, 1966. Together they lived in Salt Lake City, UT, Bellevue, Washington, Hayward, CA and Danville for the last 43 years where he and Pat raised their four children.
Each summer his high school to college years were spent in Zion National Park Utah as a bus boy, server, and ultimately head chef. Jon was a fantastic cook and loved to share that talent, especially Saturday morning breakfasts and Sunday dinners. He loved returning to Zion for family reunions and sitting at the lodge reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints his entire life, he served a mission in the late 1950’s in Washington to the Northwest States Mission. Decades later, he served a second church mission with his wife Pat in the Oakland, CA Mission. The latter part of his life found Jon working in the bishop’s storehouse, assisting the needy through welfare service where he developed close bonds with whom he served and to those he served.
Jon loved sports. An accomplished three sport athlete himself in his youth, he enjoyed seeing his children excel in baseball, soccer, basketball, track, and dance. He coached youth sports and attended countless games of his children and grandchildren.
Jon also loved hunting and fishing. He didn’t love the activity itself as much as the tradition of bringing family together to share in the beautiful outdoors of southern Utah. He was the rare individual who loved “deer hunt” but not hunting. He liked to later call the experience “deer camp” and would often report to Pat saying about the hunt “weather was perfect, scenery was beautiful, great to see family, and nobody shot a deer; a perfect hunt!”
Jon always greeted you with a smile, loved to laugh and never spoke ill of another. A devoted father and husband, son and brother, Jon was a bit of a card shark, a coach to many, a servant of the Lord, and a friend to all who knew him. He will be missed, but we know he will be reunited with his family once again.
Jon is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pat Isom, his four children Elizabeth Anderson, Jonathan Isom, Anne Connors, and Greg Isom, their spouses, and his thirteen grandchildren, as well as sister Dusty Miller and brothers Richard, Wynn, Brad, and Layne Isom. Jon was preceded in death by his parents Orville and Gladys and brothers Dallas and Greg Isom.
A memorial service will be held this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 2949 Stone Valley Road in Alamo, CA. (in lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice). A special thanks from the Isom Family to Ron Spitz and Mariano Jimenez for their medical care and kindness of Jon over these last several months.