Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home

4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, UT


John Phillip Bankhead

April 8, 1955May 18, 2020

Our beloved Coach, Father, and Grandfather, John Phillip Bankhead passed away at his home in West Valley City on May 18, 2020. John was born April 8, 1955 in Tooele Utah to Harlan & Opal Bankhead. John spent most of his childhood years in Tooele and Vernon Utah before moving with his family to Bangkok Thailand in 1970.

He attended and graduated from the International School of Bangkok. Spending his high school years in Thailand really instilled a love for all aspects of travel in John, he frequently visited Thailand and made many lifelong friends there. Upon returning to the states John met and married Alma Kathryn Van Aacken and they raised their two beautiful daughter’s Jenifer and Melissa, whom he loved and adored. John was an employee of Delta Airlines for 27 years, he retired from there in 2012. Besides being an amazing family man, jokester and animal lover, John loved to travel, was an avid scuba diver, always looked forward to motorcycle trips with friends, & watching his grandkids play sports.

John is survived by his mother Opal Bankhead, daughter Jenifer Bankhead, daughter Melissa Andrus (Shawn). Grandchildren, Taylor (Deisi), Cole, Kayden, Tucker (Taylor), Kaitlin, Claire. Great Grandchildren; Eliana, Genevieve, Leila. Siblings; Franklin (Dana), Christine (Lee), Kay (Tammie), Stephen (Dot), Mark (Leisa), Carol, Kathy, Laura (Rueben), and many other extended family and friends. Preceded in death by his father Harlan Bankhead, wife Alma Van Aacken, and sister Marie Bates.

Public viewing service will be held Friday May 22, 2020 from 6-8:00pm at the Valley View Mortuary in West Valley City, UT. Graveside services will follow on Saturday May 23, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Vernon, UT cemetery.


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Kerry Hill

May 23, 2020

Always enjoyed talking and joking around at work with John. Some of the crazy things we would laugh at were so funny. God bless you all.


May 22, 2020

My condolences to John's family. I always enjoyed working and riding with John, His quick wit always added a spark to our meetings. Good memories.

Lois McArthur

May 22, 2020

John was one of my favorite nephews and we will all miss the big guy. My thoughts and prayers are with Opal, his daughters and siblings. He was just a solid, good person!!

Jeff Bates

May 22, 2020

I have never seen Uncle John without a smile- never have I seen him mad or sad. Always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. I remember going out to Vernon and going fishing with the uncles, which helped instill a love of the sport in me. My thoughts and prayers to Jen & Missy and their families. We lost a good one- God speed Uncle John and give my mom a huge hug for me.


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