WELLINGTON - Jon Richard Anast, age 65, passed away Feb. 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born Jan. 9, 1947 in Salt Lake City to Chris and Betty Louise Skinner Anast. Jon was raised in Granger, where he earned his Eagle Scout with the great assistance of Merlon Latimer, who was a wonderful role model.
Jon was proud to serve his country for four years in the United States Coast Guard as a radioman. He completed his requirements of a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Utah, specializing in accounting. Jon rose from a teller at Valley Bank to an officer of their headquarters. He moved to Price with Harrington and later worked for Northwest Pipeline Company. Jon was also a third party consultant for IBM. Over the years Jon bought and sold numerous small businesses in Price; The Business Den, Southeast Aluminum Company, SEACO Construction, Southeast Paint, T & A Sweeping, Southeast Piano Works, Anast Enterprises, 2 G Corp, and his last business venture Carbon Copy Center. During these years he had the support of two outstanding women, Sharon Stoddard Katsavrias in the early years and later Janel McDougald Anast.
Under extraordinary circumstances Jon reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Dr. Nancy Futrell, with whom he spent the best four years of his life. With her he enjoyed the finer things in life, and he respected her hard work and determination. She was truly the love of his life.
Jon was active in many civic and community projects throughout Carbon County. He was a member of the Carbon Country Club, Kiwanis, and Price Elk's Lodge # 1550. It is said a man's wealth is measured by the number of his close friends. If that is true Jon Anast is a truly wealthy man.
Jon was proud of his Greek heritage and was grateful to his mentors in the Greek Orthodox Church, including the Metropolitan Isaiah in his youth and Father Athanasios Emmert over the last 15 years. He considers Father Athanasios his spiritual father and admires his faith, determination and scholarly accomplishments.
Jon is survived by his wife, Nancy Futrell Anast; two sons and two daughters, Lance (Kelly) Anast, Laurie (Mike) Tryon, Tony (Kris) Anast, Melissa Anast; step-daughter, Michelle (Bert) Bruno; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas, Krisalyn, Ashley, Alex Jo, Makenzie, Alex, BreAnn, Ryann, Jaycey, Kaylee and great-grandchild, Brynnlee; and his beloved brother, George (Joyce) Anast.
Preceded in death by his mother, Betty; father, Chris; and his brother Jeffrey Anast.
Funeral service, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. Trisagion service, Thursday evening 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 E. Main Street) Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday and Friday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Jon's memory can be made to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Box 688, Price, Utah 84501. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Jon at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. -Socrates.