Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home

4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT


Franklin Rhodes Newton

May 21, 1950August 3, 2019
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Franklin Rhodes Newton passed away of an apparent heart attack on August 3, 2019 while hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota in an area called the Cathedral of the Spires.

Frank was born to Scott Franklin Newton and Geraldine Rhodes on May 21, 1950 in Salt Lake City, UT. Frank grew up in Hunter, Utah spending his summers raising sheep, hauling hay, and riding his pony, Brown Eyes, both in Hunter and on the family ranch near Chalk Creek in Coalville.

After graduating from the University of Utah, while working in Wisconsin, he met Jean Ann Warnke. It took 6 months to convince her to move to Utah but a year later they married on November 17,1978 and were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 15,1980.

Frank loved his family focusing all he did on providing a comfortable living and unity for his children and grandchildren. He spent his life serving others in various church callings, and will be especially remembered by all of the young men he taught and with whom he shared his love of the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Jean, children: Austin (Kensey), Aaron (Carrie), and Dan, and 7 grandchildren, sister Susan (Paul) Gareis, brother Dave (Lori) Newton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

While he left us too soon we are comforted knowing he had accomplished his life’s mission with humility, love and service to all he knew and loved.

A viewing will be Friday, August 9, 2019 from 6-8 pm and again one hour prior to the service at the Sage Ward House, 3500 South 6400 West. A funeral service will be Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00 am at the Hunter 9th Ward. Interment to follow the services at Valley View Memorial Park.


  • Scott Franklin Newton, Father
  • Geraldine Rhodes, Mother

  • Austin Newton
  • Christian Newton
  • Cohen Newton
  • Aaron Newton
  • Mason Newton
  • Brighton Newton
  • Daniel Newton
  • Hudson Newton
  • William Newton


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


Franklin Rhodes Newton

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Mark Halvorsen

August 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Frank at Linux Networks and L-3, he is a great man and will be missed.

Anne Easton

August 10, 2019

Bishop Frank Newton was a kind, gentle man who served all with a gravity and thought that conveyed his love for the Savior in all that he did. Although they have been busy serving outside our ward boundaries for some years, Frank and Jean were still an integral part of our ward and we were excited to welcome them back. I was happy to see Frank at a ward service project just after their release, where he worked hard, right alongside the missionaries, serving someone in need. I can still picture his smile and hear his chuckle as I think about past interactions we had.
I'm grateful we had the opportunity to hear them speak in church and to hear Bishop Newton's testimony one last time the Sunday before he passed away. Today's was a lovely service, with some good memories shared by the family and beautiful music - a fitting tribute for such a good man.
We love the Newtons very much and will continue to love and serve Jean, as she has loved and served us so many times over the years.
Anne Easton

Bryan Hendriks

August 10, 2019

As one of Aaron’s life long best friends, I was so blessed and lucky to have him as A close role models and father figure. He was a man in the truest sense. Among the many things I admire about Frank, was his style of leadership and specifically the way he lead as a father. He lead primarily by example...he owned himself and loved and served everyone around him. He trusted his boys and loved them unconditionally. He wasn’t the stereotypical leader that was so extroverted but let his feet do the talking.
The last time I spoke with him was when Aaron was married. After a big hug and a moment of stillness, typical of Poppa Newton, I looked into his moist, red eyes and he said with a voice near cracking something to the affect, I just want Aaron to be happy and then continued to talk about how much he appreciated all years of true friendship. I am so grateful that I had a chance to tell him in that sweet exchange my love for him and his angel wife and how much they played a role in raising us boys into men. I love you Frank!! I look forward to our next embrace!!

Robert Terry

August 9, 2019

Bishop Newton was the Bishop when the ward boundaries were split where we lived. He was so warm and welcoming always had a smile on his face. He is a great man. We are sorry to hear that he passed away he will be greatly missed and will always hold a special place in my heart for the way he treated us and everyone around truly Christlike.

Michael Owen

August 8, 2019

My heart breaks for Jean, Austin, Aaron and Dan to learn of Frank’s leaving this life for the next. Frank and I have known each other almost the entirety of my life. He was always supportive, full of encouragement and love even when us boys had some bad ideas. He was a great example to me and his invitations to participate with many Newton family activities have helped me in more ways then he will know.

I always felt welcomed in the Newton home. As a senior in high school my family moved, my parents and I felt good about me finishing school at Cyprus because I had a place to stay with the Newton family. I remember many nights staying up and playing pool with Frank even while Austin was out of the house. He and Jean always made feel welcome and I love them for that!

As I reflect on my experiences with Frank I realize that Frank and Jean have been at my side for almost every major event in my life. They were there at baptism, going through the temple, sending me off on a mission, my wedding and even when I buried two of my children. Their love and support has always been present.

Though our reunions have been far apart as I have since moved far away, I cherish my time with the whole Newton family! They are all a loving group and led by a wonderful man who is an example of hard work, charity, love, compassion and to me, most of all, a person who could see the potential in everyone. He worked to bring out everyone’s best. Thank you Frank for all you have done for me, even keeping me safe in the slot canyons of Capital Reef. I look forward to our next reunion!

Shalysa Meier

August 8, 2019

Bishop Newton was the bishop when i left on my mission. He was always so loving and helpful! He will always have a special place in my heart for that very reason.

Daren Burnett

August 8, 2019

Frank was an amazing co-worker. Always kind and patient. Smart but humble. My condolences to his family.

Samuel Clatk

August 8, 2019

Bro. Newton helped paint my garage. He was really nice and I had a good chat with him. I then went to church the week after he got released from the ysa and I shared in elders quorum about my wife who's struggling with cancer. He patted me on the shoulder and was really nice. I went to church on Sunday hoping to get to know him better but as I got to church I heard about his passing. I didn't know him very well but I could sense his spirit anf character when I talked to him and observed him.

Chad Zeluff

August 7, 2019

I started working at L-3 Communications the same day as Frank. I was 22 years old, and was extremely nervous about my first job out of college. It was so nice of him to take me under his wing. We made a great team until I left. Frank was an outstanding role model to me, and I'll never forget his lasting impact on my life.

Ellie Dolar

August 7, 2019

I have known Frank my entire life. My heart breaks by this news, the loss those boys and Jean feel. Frank was a devoted man in everything he did, he was never judgemental. I will miss him dearly.