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 John Paul “Big John” Parham

John Paul “Big John” Parham

Arkansas, USA
Death 17 Sep 1996 (aged 74)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 34695 · View Source
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Our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away quietly from this life in Salt Lake City.

He was born September 25, 1921 in Magnolia, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his son, Randall, his brother Jack Harold, and his sister, Corine.

Survived by his wife, Patricia; his son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Sarah Parham, his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Fred Mostashari, his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Ceely Parham, by his sister, Mabel Metcalf, his brother, Woodrow Parham and by his grandson, Carlos Parham.

He was affectionately known as "Big John" in his youth for his size and strength and later in life for the size of his heart. He volunteered to serve his country in World War II. After the war he returned home to Utah to his wife and to raise his four children. He was a tireless worker who was employed as a driver for City Bus Lines, Pacific Intermountain Express and Interstate Motor Lines. He also served as president of the local Teamsters Union.

He loved his family and friends, hunting, fishing, tending the soil and working with animals. He loved music and had many of his happiest moments singing and playing guitar with his brothers and family. He began his musical career singing songs with his parents when they gathered the family together to sing and play gospel and civil war songs during the depression. We remember him now as a common man who had an uncommon and exceptional ability to love, to hope, to endure, to work and to lift others in spite of any trials.

We love you John and look forward to living lives as good as yours, and to a joyous reunion with you and all of our beloved families.

Viewing from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 1996 and Saturday one half hour prior. Funeral services 10 a.m. on Sat. September 21, 1996 at Jenkins Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State, Murray, Utah. Interment at Murray City Cemetery.

Source- Deseret News Thursday, September 19, 1996 Obituary

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  • Maintained by: Anne
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34695
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Paul “Big John” Parham (25 Sep 1921–17 Sep 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34695, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .