OBITUARY

John Charles Buist

April 28, 1942April 30, 2021
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John Charles Buist, age 79, unexpectedly left us Friday April 30, 2021 after a Traumatic Brain Injury. He was born on April 28, 1942 in Logan, UT, the second son to Charles Alexander and Lois Mae Thorpe Buist. He was the younger brother of Richard and the older brother of Keith (deceased). John graduated from Logan High School in 1960. He later served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Southern States Mission. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Business. He was a true blue Aggie through and through. He served as a Captain in the Army Finance Division in Europe for two years. He was the CFO for Clipper Publishing and Spectrum Press for 25 years.

In 1972 he married Shirley Mudie and together they raised five children, Shaeanna Harris (Ben), Allison Buist, Jeff Buist, Jared Buist (Jenn), and Frank Buist. Later divorced. In 1990 he married Karen Ruth Burton becoming step-father to five more children, Stefani Spencer (Melissa), Andrea Yorgason (deceased), Colleen Mati (Mati Ntongondu), Kirsten Miller (Rachel), and Sara Johnson (Bryan).

If you were around John it wouldn't take long before you would be treated to a song or a joke. He relished exploring and experiencing new places. Often times taking thousands of pictures, with at least fifty of those being devoted to just one pretty flower. His love and devotion to gardening produced an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables that were shared, much to their delight, with friends and family. John was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served for ten years in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple as a temple worker. Also served with his wife, Karen, on two missions. One at Washington Tacoma Mission and they had just completed their second mission in the Salt Lake South Mission. He also served in many other church callings. His greatest love was gathering Israel and we know he is gathering Israel on the other side now.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, and 1 step-daughter.

Survived by his wife, Karen. His blended family of 9 children and stepchildren, 17 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren whom he loved "tons and bunches".

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 4th at 1:00 pm in the South Jordan Highland 2nd Ward Chapel, 9800 S Dunsinane Dr, South Jordan.

There will be a viewing from 11:00 am - 12:45 pm, prior to services in the chapel, under the direction of Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home. The funeral will also be broadcast via this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98780143093 Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park 4400 W 4100 S West Valley City.

The family is deeply grateful for the love and kindness shown by the South Jordan Highland 2nd Ward, the Talons Cove Ward in Saratoga Springs, and close friends and neighbors. We also appreciate the services provided by the wonderful people at Utah Valley Hospital.

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    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Dick Young

May 5, 2021

Our hearts are saddened. John and I enjoyed reconnecting while serving in neighboring missions in Washington State. He was able to touch lives through his humor and tenderness. Wish you well, Karen.

Marion and Mark Lybbert

May 4, 2021

We send our sincere sympathies to you Sister Buist, what a pair you and Elder Buist are and were in the office of the WATAC mission! You both loved the Lord and it showed as you were serving others! I worked closely with you both - on a daily bases, laughing, singing, smiling, sharing. stories and taking care of the sisters and elders in the mission housing/ finances together. I will never forget the little watermelon that accidentally grew in the flower pot outside the mission office - how John cared for it and brought it to share a bite once it was ripe for picking- summer of 2017! The watermelon that was almost impossible to happen from a spit seed ( elders ) in the planter outside. Even elder Buist found a parable in that story- and it was a teary gospel truth! What joy to serve with you both! I was sad to hear about John’s fall / hospitalization and then share with Mark ( my husband ) who worked next door to the mission office- we know God has a plan for all of us and until we see you again- someday- we will eat some ice cream and smile remembering you both harrah for zion Buist’s! Sending love and peace - Marion and Mark

Norine Nelson

May 4, 2021

We love Elder and Sister Buist! They were so good to us when we served as Senior Missionaries in the Washington Tacoma Mission. Such good people sharing the love of Christ with all they came in contact with! We are so sorry for you loss, Sister Buist. May our Heavenly Father keep you close at this time of sorrow.

Dallin Christensen

May 4, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss Sister Buist. We can’t even imagine how you’re feeling right now but we hope that Heavenly Father has been comforting you and your family. I had the privilege to get to know you both in the WATAC and that is something I’ll never forget. We love you.

Marci Williams

May 4, 2021

It was delightful to meet John when he came to visit our band practice up in Woodinville, Washington. He was thrilled to hear Allison perform, and eagerly joined joined her, singing harmony. So much love! It was clear to see where her marvelous vocal talent has come from.

Frank (Francis) McAllister

May 4, 2021

John has always been the go getter, the let’s get it done friend that you had to love even when out of breath trying to stay up with him. He will be dearly missed by all.

We offer our condolences and sincere best wishes to all of his family.

Kent Smith

May 4, 2021

John and I met as juniors at Logan High School in 1958. We have been good friends since, through high school and USU and throughout our lives. He always exhibited the highest standards in dress, speech and example. I hope all the family understands what a great treasure he was.

Beverly Gosselin

May 4, 2021

Karen and family,
So sorry for your loss. We aren't there in person but our thoughts and hearts are with you.

Beverly Gosselin
John Marro III

Peggy Dunn

May 3, 2021

This is so very hard! My thoughts and prayers and tears are with you Karen. How very hard this is and all so sudden! I've thought many times through the years of my favorite verse in the Bible where Ruth tells Naomi that "thy people shall be my people" because this is exactly how I have felt about Bob's cousins! I could never be with John without singing a song [when I had a voice] or sharing a good laugh but also the cousin hugs and confabs were the best. This is all too soon and heart breaking after losing Bob only 2 1/2 months ago and tomorrow is his birthday. Please know of my love for you and also know that there are two cousins who are very happy to see each other right now!

Brent and Anita Moss

May 3, 2021

We were privileged to serve alongside John and Karen in the WATAC Mission.
Grateful beyond words to have been acquainted with a true disciple who loved to serve the Lord in whatever capacity was needed with all his heart, might, & mind.
This world was a little brighter when John Buist was around.

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