Our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, Jon M Titus, passed away from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 10, 2023, at home with his family by his side. He was 72 years old. Jon was born on September 18, 1950, to William Dean and Marie Pace Titus in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was raised in a Sugarhouse neighborhood in the good old days of homemade bread and breakfasts prepared by a doting mother. His summers were spent hiking the Uinta Mountains around the family cabin near Smith and Morehouse. He attended Granite High School and told stories of working at J.G. McDonald Chocolate Company where he was free to sample the goods to his heart’s content and developed his lifelong love for chocolate. Jon spent two summers as a canoe guide on the Snake River and never lost his love for the outdoors. He studied at Utah State University and demonstrated a thirst for knowledge by reading books of religion, culture, philosophy, and history throughout his life.
Jon married Geri Ann Peterson in the Salt Lake Temple on August 18, 1972, which began nearly 51 years of enduring her annual April Fool’s Day pranks. They raised their six treasured children in Smithfield: Keith (Cammie), Jeffrey (Emily), Gregory, Gordon (Alana), Julie Martin (Curt), and Rachel Parrish (Morgan). Jon provided for his family over the years in several occupations, including as a branch manager for Bank of Utah and Smithfield City Justice of the Peace. He retired after 20 years at Nucor Steel; his strong work ethic lives on in his children.
He was a skilled woodworker, enjoyed road biking, and loved playing the harmonica. He was a world traveler, making memories with his family in England, Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Romania, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Senegal. He always appreciated a good pastry, a bowl of ice cream, and his hidden stash of dark chocolate.
Jon was blessed with 22 grandchildren, whom he adored: Levi, Emma, Seth, Jonah, Eliza, Caleb, Ethan, Michael, Christopher, Marcus, Dani, Matthew, Alexander, William, Lincoln, Claire, Andrew, Jonathan, Brigham, Max, Lucas and Anna. They enjoyed spending time with him jumping on the trampoline, laying on the grass looking at the stars, and eating ice cream. He gave the best ear and hand massages and could always be counted on to help drive them on cross-country moves.
A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jon had a deep, abiding testimony of the Gospel. Jon served faithfully in the London South Mission that not only honored his heritage, but also sparked a life-long love for the land and its people. He knew his Savior and loved learning of him. He served in many positions in the church including as a high councilor, gospel doctrine teacher, and ordinance worker in the Logan Utah Temple. He loved home teaching and developed many close friendships while caring for and serving others. His love of God, his wife, and his family radiated from him, even through the destructive effects of dementia at the end of his life.
Jon is survived by his wife, their children & their grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Mike & Kelly Titus, Ron & Chris Titus, Dennie & Becky Giles, and Laurie Titus, as well as brothers and sisters-in-law Mike & Bonnie Peterson, Doug & Cindy Peterson, Layne & Carol Stephens, Carrie Peterson, Brent & Lynette Bogden, David & Bonnie Burke, Brian & Debbie Peterson, and many amazing nieces and nephews. Also, his former daughter-in-law Maleia Titus, “adopted” sons Matthew and Michael Bush, former sister-in-law Petra Gray (Lee), and former brothers-in-law Sam Yamane, Larry Child and Doug Flint.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dean & Marie, his sister Dian & her husband Rick Franson, his mother and father-in-law Floyd & Sharon Peterson, and brother-in-law Bart Peterson.
Special thanks to the Enhabit Hospice team, especially Rebecca and Clarissa, for the kindness and compassion that eased Jon’s last days.
Viewings will be held Thursday, May 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday, May 19th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at White Pine Funeral Services located at 753 S 100 E, Logan, UT. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., also at White Pine Funeral Services, with graveside services to follow at Smithfield Cemetery.
A broadcast of the funeral service will be available via Zoom at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87287215097