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John Rasmussen

April 29, 1944 — June 7, 2021

John Kay Rasmussen passed away June 7th 2021 due to complications from diabetes and acute myeloid leukemia (diagnosed in 2018). Born in Springville, Utah April 29th, 1944 to Oren Kay and Ila Jean Rasmussen. As a child, the family spent some years in California and Butte Montana but John was primarily raised on his grandfather's homestead in Island Park Idaho on the Henry's Lake Outlet. There he loved to hunt and fish the Henry's Fork River that ran through the homestead. It was a rugged existence that helped shape his amazing ability to fix almost anything with whatever he had on hand. The beautiful surroundings no doubt shaped his love and admiration of a wide variety of wildlife and a desire to share his appreciation with others. John became a well known artist in the western states, perfecting his talent in antler carving. His belt buckles, bolo ties and pins were highly sought after. After moving to Preston Idaho he developed a sophisticated process of casting replicas of his original carvings for wider distribution, eventually becoming known internationally for his work. He loved living in Preston and had relationships with many throughout the community. He was known as the guy who would take on the challenge of fixing anything that his friends brought to him and who was willing to take the time for everyone who came along in his life. John was one of Jehovah's Witnesses his whole life and shared his faith and his hope for the future with nearly every person who passed through his life. He moved with his wife to Wickenburg, Arizona to care for her parents until they died. Tragically, John had a setback in his business and his life when the house they we're living in in Wickenburg caught fire. It was an emotional blow to him and though he made an attempt at reestablishing his operation, due to its complicated nature, he was unable to set up production of his art again. John worked at keeping a positive attitude no matter what came his way in life and most that knew him understood he had a strong faith in God's promise of a resurrection in a beautiful paradise earth where he will experience life in a manner that Jehovah originally purposed. So, John, we will miss you, but we will see you in paradise very soon! Revelation 21:3,4 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: "Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." John Kay was preceded in death by his parents Kay and Jean Rasmussen and also by his brothersDanny, Kelly and Mike. He is survived by his wife Karen, his daughter, Shannon & (her husband) Gary Arbogast, and his sister Sally Fangsrud and a large extended family.

A memorial service will be held by Zoom on Saturday, July 24th at 1:00PM AZ time and 2:00 PM Mtn Time The Zoom instructions are as follows:

Zoom Meeting ID 833 7593 8133

Pass code 412817

Saturday July 24, 2021

1 pm (AZ time) 2pm Mountain Standard Time
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