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Obituary: IVERS, JOHN

Published: Monday, Nov. 24 2014 2:47 a.m. MST

John "Jack" Ivers, Sr. 1919 ~ 2011

John Carroll "Jack" Ivers Sr., one of the last of his generation of a pioneering Park City mining family, died January 16, 2011 in Littleton, Colorado. Born in Salt Lake on May 13, 1919, he was a graduate of Judge Memorial High School and attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He served in both the Army and Army Air Corps during World War II. Jack had a lifelong love affair with Helen Hawk, his wife of sixty-five years to whom he was a loving and committed husband. The sight of the two of them holding hands while doing the crossword puzzle is one that encapsulates his passions: lifelong learning and his girlfriend from the halcyon days of his youth. Following the war, he was manager of a chain of theaters before joining then-fledgling KUTV Channel 2, where he was film director until his retirement. Jack was a rare, genuine human being with an infectious passion for life and learning that he passed to each of his children. His kind voice, his teddy bear hugs, and his ability to make each person feel important and cherished were hallmarks of his character. Jack enjoyed spending time with family near the Park City property where he spent much of his childhood, and many dear memories will surround him there. His absence in the lives of his family and friends will be deeply felt. Friends and family will remember Jack for his enormous "joie de vivre" and for his zest for knowledge and learning. He never lost his intellectual curiosity and was well known for his humor, warmth and his Irish spirit, which in itself was a cornerstone of his very identity. He never met a stranger that failed to comment about what a true gentleman he was. Jack was happiest listening to baseball and spending time in nature and with his beloved pets. He was well read, dedicated to his faith and was blessed with perpetual optimism. Jack would do anything for anyone, was loyal and appreciative for every day of his life, which in his later years, were spent gardening, enjoying conversation and the company of his family and friends. He was beloved by his six children and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were blessed to hear of his many youthful exploits, as he came from an era that is part of our nation's mythology. He is survived by daughters Carroll Anderson of Littleton, Colo., Sheila Ivers of Salt Lake City, Bridget Parker of Butte, Mont. and Peggy Ivers of Littleton, Colo.; son John C. "Jack" Ivers Jr. of Oakland, Calif. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and life-long friend John W. "Jack" Gallivan and sister-in-law Sally Convery Ivers, both of Park City; and numerous nieces and nephews in Salt Lake, Denver and around the country. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hawk Ivers; daughter Kathleen Farrimond; brothers and sisters James Ivers III, Grace Mary Gallivan, Eileen Williams, William Ivers, Margaret Mary Poore, Miles Ivers Sr., Marcie Caffey and Thomas Ivers Sr. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Of The Madeleine 331 East South Temple. A vigil service will be held Friday 7:00 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary 372 East 100 South where friends may call from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Committal Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery 4th Ave. & T Street. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Crusade for the Homeless, 4461 Squire Court, Holladay, UT 84124, www.crusadeforthehomeless.com