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John W. Boud




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From Deseret News, Sunday, July 17, 2005

Obituary: John William Boud II

John William Boud II 1912 ~ 2005. After a life of service to his church, community and family, John William Boud II, age 92, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2005, of causes incident to age.

John, a grandson of early Utah Pioneers Thomas Evans and Matilda Jeremy, was born November 10, 1912 in Salt Lake City to John William and Nelly Jeremy Boud. He spent seven years of his early childhood in Nephi, Utah while his father was the bank manager of the Nephi National Bank. John became an Eagle Scout in 1926. His ten sons and three foster sons also hold the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of East High School, and went on to attend the University of Utah, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated in business administration and later went on to graduate from the University of Utah Law School.

He met Sharon Mignon Robbins in the fall of 1945 at an LDS church activity. On May 20, 1949 they were married for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple by Spencer W. Kimball.

John served an LDS British Mission from 1935 to 1937. Lieutenant Commander John W. Boud had the distinction of being the first LDS Navy Chaplain, serving in World War II, stationed in San Diego and Hawaii from 1941 to 1945. He served as a Bishop in the Cottonwood 5th Ward for eight years and then in the Stake Presidency of the Cottonwood Stake. John then served as the President of the Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mission from 1976 to 1979, with his wife and family. In 1982 he began serving as a temple sealer in the Jordan River Temple.

John Boud was a prominent, successful figure in the business community. He was founder and CEO of Fashion Fabrics, Inc. a multi-unit fabric chain of stores throughout the United States.

John is deeply loved by his family and many friends. His children will always remember his adventure stories of Tarzan or of Olgabaca the Great White Stallion; the long, overnight train rides; or tales of his youth. His grandchildren will remember his wrestling on the master bed; and missionaries will remember his enthusiasm for the Lord's work. He will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Barbara Boud Erickson and Dorothy Boud Burton; his son Robert Bicknell Boud; daughter-in-law Shelli McQueen Boud; and grand daughter Ellen Boud. He is survived by his wife Sharon Mignon Robbins Boud, three daughters and nine sons, John William Boud III, David Boud, James Boud, Joseph Boud, Stephen Boud, Richard Boud, Rebecca Boud Whitaker, Barbara Boud Hilton, Mark Boud, Elizabeth Boud Anderson, Thomas Boud, and Michael Boud, as well as 48 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Monday July 18, 2005 at 12 Noon at the Cottonwood Stake Center, 1830 East 6400 South. Friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 P.M. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Dr. and from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the services Monday at the Stake Center. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.


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An excerpt from: “A Tribute to Sharon Robbins Boud” (from PA missionary Mark Ludwig)

"The first night of my mission at your home (After a terrifying day of knocking doors, one of your Dads "growing ideas") Sharon cooked us a ham dinner. Her voice, eyes, grace, and smile, filled my weak, self doubting soul with an idea I might make it another couple of days. It was an instant moment, and as I look back on it I am convinced the Lord calls families to preside over missions, not just a President.

Sharon had this American pride that she gave to others. She communicated much, much more than she ever spoke. Sharon treated me as a son, her only one. Tell me how you do that when you have 300 plus missionaries and 13 children. Over the next months she became the hit of the mission. The Pinnocks were a hard act to follow, but Sharon filled in all the dynamic gaps. She grabbed our confidence, and while President taught as he should have, Sharon would pull you aside and give you the "street version" of how to become a priesthood man. She ALWAYS spoke of her children. She missed them everyday of her life. She wept openly as she spoke of them. I committed as a young man I would find someone like Sharon who would instill confidence in our children, and beat the hell out of anyone that would threaten the family in any way. (That's the only word that describes her protectiveness)

I remember teaching your neighbors in Harrisburg. President asked me to do it. He attended with Sharon. During the discussion, President thought I was a little tough on the guest. He began to scold me right there in front of the investigator. Sharon told President to be quiet and let me finish. He obeyed, we baptized!! . . . .

. . . The day I left…. The day I left. I remember that day with perfect clarity. Sharon told me what I would become in life and I believed her. She slipped a hand written note in my pocket which stated, 'The world would be mine for the taking". You see, that was her magic. She looked into your soul and told you what your potential was, and you believed her. I have pictures of that day. They are sacred to me.

When I got home I met my wife Barbara. She has many of the qualities I loved in Sharon. They accepted Barbara as they did me. One day, a few years ago President and Sharon dropped by my home. Our six children sat around them. As I observed this site, I remembered the first day I met Sharon. I told the children they would not be here, or who they were without President and sister Bouds influence in my life. I testify to you all, I would be nothing, nothing close to what God had intended, had it not been for the selfless service of your parents and your family.

I will always be grateful, and never be able to repay you all for the gift you have given to me and my posterity. And though Sharon lives with us still, I will look to the day when she is made whole, Even after this life. Perhaps then, we will once again share stories and remember the days in Harrisburg.

I love you all,

Mark, Barbara and family, The Ludwig's

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