Jack Robert Anderson

12/10/1944 – 6/23/2020

EPHRAIM – Jack R. Anderson age 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family June 23, 2020 after a courageous four year battle with cancer. He will be missed by a large family who loved and adored him.
Jack was born at home, in Ephraim, UT to Robert and Ellen S. Anderson. He was the second oldest of six children. As the oldest boy, he had a lot of responsibility on the farm and in the family. He always called himself a “second generation depression baby”. “Use up wear out make do or do without” was his motto. He graduated from Manti High School, Snow College and earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Utah State University in Animal Science. He served an LDS mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in New Zealand, volunteered in the Utah National Guard and fulfilled numerous church and civic responsibilities.
Jack met his sweetheart, Eileen Averett aka, Ruthie, Ruthann and Ruby at Snow College. They were married May 9, 1970 in the Manti LDS Temple. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, Eileen and his children, Jennifer (Greg) Rowley, Julie (Brian) Ward, Robert (Jenni) Anderson, Rich (Misty) Anderson, Jackie (Kary) Larsen, Jodi (Brian) Cook, Joe (Kirstin) Anderson, Josh (Michelle) Anderson. 33 grandchildren and 1 on the way, and 1 great granddaughter. He is also survived by his 5 siblings, Mary (Rue) Nielson, Gary (Jannie) Anderson, Val (Michelle) Anderson, Max (Kathy) Anderson and Jeanne (Shon) Tripp; brothers and sisters in law, Kenneth (Roz) Averett, Kelly Averett and Janine (Paul) Gonzalez; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by an infant son Jeffrey Anderson (twin to Jennifer), his parents Robert and Ellen Anderson and Father and Mother in Law, Clyde and Lela Averett.
Jack enjoyed teaching agriculture and math at Snow College for 37 years. One of his greatest joys was cooking for a crowd. He spent 25 years cooking Sanpete BBQ Turkey, with his family at Ephraim’s Annual Scandinavian Festival. Many summers you would find him at different fairs and shows cooking his famous BBQ Turkey. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. His big personality and life of the party persona will be greatly missed. You could always find him with the grandkids. Whether it be on a 4-wheeler ride up the canyon, hanging out in the yard, or on a roller coaster at Disneyland. Family was everything to Jack. The legacy Jack leaves behind is one of service, hard work and giving to others. Jack will be missed. He was loved big.
There will be a viewing at the Rasmussen Funeral Home (96 North 100 West in Mt. Pleasant) on Friday June 26th from 6pm-8pm with viewing Saturday morning from 9am-10am with a grave side funeral to follow in the Ephraim Cemetery at 11:30am. Feel free to bring a lawn chair and a big thirsty. As a family we would like to thank Dr. Jim Rosenbeck for his kind and compassionate care of Jack over the past four years. >

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Jack and Eileen Anderson scholarship fund at Snow College.
Snow College Foundation
Jack and Eileen Anderson Scholarship
150 East College Ave. Ephraim, Ut 84627

26 Responses to “Jack Robert Anderson”

  1. Hal and Ruth Ann Williams says:

    Jack will truly be missed. We have really enjoyed getting to know Jack. He has such a fun personality and was a spiritual giant. Wish we could have spent more time getting to know him. Our time in the ward, we have grown to love you both. Eileen, May our Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings be with you and each member of your family. We send our love.

  2. Paula Brewer says:

    I loved this generous man! He was always so kind to me. He was a great friend. He will be missed.

  3. Penny Cartright says:

    I am sad to hear about Jack. It was so fun to talk to him at Kacey’s wedding. I remember going to the family party at Christmas and he would always play the piano and sing that crazy song, Percy, the puny poinsettia or tell jokes. I am so sorry.

  4. Jim Nelson says:

    He changed my life, and I will be forever thankful. One of the greatest men I have ever known. I love you jack.

  5. Maurine & Gary Ramos says:

    Dear Eileen and family
    We are just heartbroken to hear of Jack’s passing. He was the epitome of a great man. I wish I had magic words…
    Please know how much he is loved. And how much YOU are loved.
    With sympathy,
    Maurine and Gary Ramos

  6. Brach and Lisa Schlueter says:

    Jack will truly be missed. My son had great times with him as his scoutmaster. Those boys were lucky to have him as their cook. He was great fun to be around.God bless!

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  8. Bryan Tidlund says:

    Jack was my first advisor at Snow. Later when I moved back to Ephraim he still remembered me. I’ll never forget the time he gave my wife and I sausage for sausage and tomato sandwiches. My condolences to his family.

  9. Chase Mitchell says:

    Jack was one of the first people I met when I came to work at Snow College. Eleven years went by very fast. I will miss our visits in the TTC at Snow and the Brain Trust lunches. Thanks for helping me feel welcome when I came to work at Snow. You are a Gem in the Snow College crown.

  10. Travis Good says:

    Hundreds of people can probably say this; Jack was my Best friend. He did so much for me. Words cannot explain how much he will be missed.

  11. Cody Dyreng says:

    Mr. Anderson was an amazing teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed his classes and his positive attitude. He was very influential in helping me down the career path I am on right now. After graduation I would see him often, even stopping by his office to say hello. Those visits told me he cared about me as a person above his job as an educator. The last time I saw him I told him sincerely how much I appreciated and admired him. I will miss his smiling face. My condolences to the Anderson family. You are lucky to have him.

  12. David D. Frame says:

    My association with Jack in our church callings and working with him in the student laboratory at Snow will always be cherished memories. He was indeed a profound influence for good in my life.

  13. Shem Smith says:

    He will be fondly remembered. My condolences to your family.

  14. Jeff Nielson says:

    He was a great man and neighbor and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  15. Brittney Willden says:

    My greatest memory of Jack will always be the time I worked at the college cafteria. You always knew it was lunch time when Jack and the gang would come in for lunch. Jack would always great you with a smile while ordering a burger and fries. He and the others would sit in the back corner of the cafeteria and eat there lunch, talk among themselves and carry on about their teaching day.
    To the Anderson family, he was a great man and one you should be very proud of. I know he walks beside you now, when days seem unbearable look to the sky and remember he is always there with you.
    R.I.P Jack

  16. Susannah Nilsson says:

    The Jack Anderson family has alway meant a lot to our family
    Our sincere love and sympathy to the whole family

  17. Gerald Naylor says:

    Dear Anderson family
    Sorry to hear about Jack, he was a good friend and great man. May our Father in Heaven blessings be with you all.

  18. Travis Osmond says:

    Jack became a second dad to me while at Snow College. While being my Ag teacher, he helped me with my math assignments. He is the reason I’m in the vocation I am now. What a good man. He will be missed.

  19. kristy bailey says:

    Ism so deeply sorry about Jack passing. I loved this gentle man. God be with you all

  20. John Bailey says:

    I will miss Jack he never pasted me with out shaking my hand. He was the most friendly man that i ever met.
    My the blessings of or heavenly father be with your family at this time. God be with you this day and always.

  21. Michael Peel says:

    Sincere condolences to Jacks Family! I took all of Jacks classes at Snow but enjoyed “Livestock Judging” the most with trips to Arizona and California including showing up the USU and BYU teams in 1986. He was a good man!

  22. Margaret Dyreng Nadauld says:

    Dear Eileen, I wanted to send my love and condolences to you and your family. Jack and I were classmates in high school. He always brightened up any room he was in with his wry smile and clever, funny comments. That light will be missed by so many. What a blessing to know that his great spirit lives on and that you’ll all be together again one day.
    May you be blessed and comforted always.
    Love, Margaret Nadauld

  23. Christal Dent says:

    Snow College changed my perspective on education and my abilities. Jack was one of the main players to help me see who I could be. I know without his guidance and confidence in me, I would not have gone on to excel academically, find my true passion for a career, and be who I am today. Thank you Jack, for being more than just a teacher but a mentor. No other professor has had such a greater impact on my life than Jack.

  24. Emily Olson says:

    Eileen, our love and condolences go out to you and your family. The Jackson’s love the Anderson family. Bless you for all you did to serve him during his courageous battle!

  25. Norm Lovell says:

    Sorry to hear this news of Jack as I just received the Snow College Alumni newsletter just a few words I really enjoyed talking classes from him as well being on the Livestock Hiding team as well being the President of the the Lazy S club enjoy the time that we mango together the laughs try to stay serious as he like to joke around and had good times and coming back to school and talked about my vocational with his students on career days May God Bless You going to miss him

  26. Dear Eileen and Anderson Family, We were so sad to learn of Jack’s passing. May you find peace and comfort in the coming days. Eileen, thank you for all that you did for Mom (Ruth Rasmuson) over the years. She loved you so much and was so grateful for your many kindnesses. Each visit was a joy to her. Thank you. I pray that the many acts of loving kindness you shared will be repaid to you and to the entire Anderson family. We love you all.

    Love, Robert and Rae Ann Tibbs