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“Thinking of you and your family during this sad time and sending our deep sympathy. May you find comfort in this promise of God (Ps.34:18) as you try...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: The Kindred Family

“hey Hedi i was sadened to hear of your dad I know how that feels i just lost my dad in february of this year. your family will be in my thoughts and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: charlene (creviston) Kelson - OR

“My condolences to the family of John Hendrix. I worked under his supervision for the USFS (summer 1993). He was always very polite and calm around...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Sharman Tullis Gill - Mapleton, UT

“Dear Friends: I would like to express my sadness when I found that John had passed away. He was a good friend, a great associate, and an example to...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Merrell Hansen - Lindon, UT

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend John Hendrix. He was the epitome of a true professional in every way, always kind, patient...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Aleene Rowley LeBaron - Heber, UT

“I am saddened to hear of John's passing! He was a great man and I enjoyed knowing and working with him through Scouting. I first met him in 1997 when...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Debby (Hullinger) Robert - Payson, UT

“I was saddened to hear about my hero John Hendrix. I first met John on Grandview Hill in Provo. He was my scoutmaster. I was instrumental in my...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: James W. Melville - Orem, UT

“My sincere condolences to John's family. I used to work with John on the Uinta and he was an awesome guy. He mentored me through blasting school ...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Lesley Tullis - Jensen, UT

“I had the great fortune of working with John at the Forest Service from around 1997-2003 or so. John was a great man and I admired his passion for...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Brook Chadwick - Sandy, UT

“I don't think I have adequate words to express what an amazing man my father was. I remember being in such awe of him as a child, and I remain in awe...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Amers - Daughter

“John's impact on the innumerable lives he has touched is incalculable. Whether it was building trails, or the character and skill base of boy scouts...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Donell Willey - Pleasant Grove, UT

“John's impact on the innumerable lives he has touched is incalculable. Whether it was building trails, or the character and skill base of boy scouts...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Donell Willey - Pleasant Grove, UT

“I grew up at the Hendrix home in Orem, I was a childhood friend of Amy's. I had many great memories there. I always felt warm, welcome, and safe...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Emily Newell - Orem, UT - Friend

“Hello and a good day to you my friends Scotty and Katie Young. While I only met your father once, I knew immediately that he wielded great strengh of...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: kenny troester - Salt Lake City, UT

“My sympathy to the family, The memories of John are recorded in the Lords book. a resurrection is in store for all in God's memory. What a joyful...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Phillip Schipper - Surprise, AZ

“I have always loved John from he first came into the LeBaron family, but more than that I have admired his gentle kindness, and his encyclopedic...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Richard LeBaron - Orem , UT


John Carl Hendrix
"Papa John"

John Carl Hendrix, 68, of Pleasant Grove, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at his home of causes incident to a chronic heart condition. He was born December 29, 1941, in Salina, Utah, to Otis Lee Hendrix and Lolita Maren Christensen. He was the oldest of three children.

He dearly loved the mountains and enjoyed spending time with his family camping, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and identifying native plants. He will be remembered for the twinkle in his eyes, a big smile, sense of humor and having a friendly heart. He touched the lives of many people through his willingness to share his time and varied talents. He frequently used banter to ease conflicts. He had a positive outlook on life and sought to bring happiness to his family and friends. He was a hard worker who never stopped wanting to learn. Some of his best memories were those working with youth as an educator and in scouting. His hobbies included gardening, grandchildren and genealogy.

He received most of his early education in the Granite School District, graduating from Granger High School in 1960. He earned his BS in biological science education from Brigham Young University in 1964 and his MEd in 1969. He began his teaching career at Orem High School and transferred to Mountain View High School when it opened in 1980. His educational career included teaching biology, counseling and an instructor for the Alpine District Adult High School. He worked for the Department of Independent Study, Division of Continuing Education, Brigham Young University, as a special instructor in the high school section for 30 years. He also taught classes for BYU in the Conference and Workshops Division and Youth Leadership Department.

He worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Pleasant Grove Ranger District as Visitor Information Service Coordinator, Youth Conservation Corps Camp Director, volunteer program coordinator, and trails/wilderness manager. In 1995 and 1998 he received special recognition from the Chief of the Forest Service for organizing numerous volunteer groups to complete Forest Service work projects. He helped more than 700 Eagle Scout candidates to direct their service projects for the Forest Service. His most cherished projects were the construction of the Great Western and Bonneville Shoreline Trails, Cascade Springs, as well as reconstruction of the Timpooneke Campground. He retired from the Forest Service in December 2006. He spent three summers as a guide at Timpanogos Cave National Monument.

He was actively involved in Boy Scouting, serving as Den Leader, Scoutmaster, Roundtable Commissioner, Merit Badge Pow Wow Instructor, Merit Badge Counselor, and Troop Committee Chairman. He earned the Eagle Scout and Silver Exploring Awards. He received his Silver Beaver Award from the Utah National Parks Council and was a member of the Beaver Colony. He was a Fellow in the Utah Valley Leadership Academy. As part of his service work with the Academy, he established the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the Orem City Library and worked as a volunteer coordinator for that program in cooperation with the IRS for 15 years. After his retirement from the Forest Service, he worked for Mountainlands Association of Governments in Aging Services.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a High Priest in the Orchard Ward. His past church leadership assignments included; home teacher, bishopric counselor, Aaronic Priesthood Advisor, High Priest Group assistant, counselor in Sunday School presidency, Sunday School teacher, Blazer Leader, Ward Mission Leader, Stake Missionary, ward family history consultant, and genealogy extractor.

He married Carol LeBaron in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, September 13, 1961; they were later divorced. He married Patricia Montez Johnson in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 21, 1976. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple one year later.

He is survived by his wife of Pleasant Grove, and eight children: Cathy (Alan) Colton, Orem; Ronald (Shannon) Hendrix, Boston, MA; Katie (Scott) Young, Sandy; Gregory (Angela) Hendrix, Orem; Julie (Robert) Reynolds, Jacksonville, FL; Heidi Garner, PG; Shari Hendrix, Provo; and Amy Hendrix, PG; bonus sons and daughters Christy (Josh) Renfroe, Logan; Missy (Ryan) Hardman, Salt Lake City; Paul (MaryAnn) Tiemann; Todd (Jessie) Tiemann; Matt (Courtney) Tiemann–Orem; 23 grandchildren; brother David Lee Hendrix, Hong Kong, sister Ruth Carol Stringham, and mother, Lolita Hendrix, of Salt Lake City, UT. He was preceded in death by 2 great-grandsons.

The family would like to thank Alpha Home Health & Hospice, DaVita Dialysis, and all of the many doctors, hospitals, and healthcare staff that helped "Papa" through his journey these last 3 years. Remember what Smokey says; “Only YOU can Prevent Wildfires.”

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the LDS Church's perpetual education fund.

Services will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 12 noon at the Orchard Ward, 828 S. Locust Ave., Pleasant Grove Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, and from 10-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.