John (Jack) Sundwall McAllister

11/8/1938 ~ 2/11/2021

  Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, John (Jack) Sundwall McAllister, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, in Provo, Utah, at the age of 82. Jack was born Nov. 8, 1938, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Savage McAllister and Nellie Brady Sundwall.

     Jack attended Wasatch Academy, graduated from BYU with a BA degree, and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah Law School.  He often claimed his best decision in life was to marry his high school sweetheart and eternal companion Joan Laree Stevens on June 23, 1962 in the Manti Temple. Together they have enjoyed 58 wonderful years of marriage and five children. His greatest pleasure came from his family whom he loved with all his heart.  He enjoyed reading and collecting books, spending time at his family cabin, and making sure everyone else was taken care of.

     Described as the ultimate gentleman, Jack created friends and associates from all walks of life.  He was known as a man of integrity, very trusted in relationships, doing business all his life with a handshake, and was extremely generous. Jack was a good and honorable man who knew the importance of family and friends.  He saw the best in everyone he knew regardless of their background.

     Jack was devoted to his family, church, sheep ranch and community. He commuted to Salt Lake City weekly for over 30 years so his children could be raised in his beloved Sanpete. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in his callings. As a young missionary he served in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. He also served as a teacher, in multiple stake high councils, as high priest group leader, ward mission leader, bishopric counselor, and as bishop of the Ephraim YSA 9th Ward where he was loved by the members.

     Jack has managed the Fairview Land and Livestock Sheep Ranch for the past 39 years. He recently presided over the 150-year celebration of its organization as the Fairview Co-op.  He felt strongly of his stewardship and used the ranch to connect his children and grandchildren to his parents and grandparents.  He appreciated the sheep industry and camaraderie amongst other woolgrowers in the area.

     His professional career started with the law firm of Barker and Rydberg. He served as Sanpete County Attorney for four years. For over 30 years he worked as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of Utah. He was legal counsel for Snow College, among other colleges in the state. Jack was instrumental in building a state school in the Four Corners region for the Navajo Nation. He worked with the State Trust Lands and was recognized with the “Friends of Children“ award from the State PTA for his efforts. 

     He served on the Board of Trustees for Sanpete Valley Hospital for 37 years and served two terms on the Board of Trustees at Wasatch Academy. Jack worked on the Manti La-Sal National forest resource advisory committee.  He also loved the Fairview Museum and served in various positions for 30 years.

      Jack was a big advocate of Scouting, earning his Eagle Scout award, completing Wood Badge, and serving as a Wood Badge counselor.  He was a recipient of the Second Miler Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He devoted resources and time in helping and developing boys to become good men.

      Jack loved music. He played the trumpet in high school and college marching bands. He loved to sing, and performed for many years in ward and stake choirs and in the Mt Pleasant Community Easter Offering.

      Jack is survived by his wife Joan, and children: Steve McAllister, Lori (Troy) Birch, Richard (Jenny) McAllister, David (Emily) McAllister, Kathryn (Jason) Carrillo; 14 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Scott (Lora) McAllister, Clark (Linda) Brockbank, Wayne (Nancy) Brockbank and Anne (Brett) Woodard.  Preceded in death by his parents John and Nellie McAllister, and stepmother Helen Brockbank McAllister. 

      In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Fairview Museum or Wasatch Academy.

A viewing will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 from 6-8 pm at the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center, 461 N. 300 W. Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Funeral services will be held at 11.00 am on Saturday February 20, 2021. Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery.

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27 Responses to “John (Jack) Sundwall McAllister”

  1. George and Kay Johansen says:

    Oh my goodness our hearts are so full for you right now. We are so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. He was a wonderful man and made us feel like we were friends. I enjoyed the Sanpete Easter Offering for years with you and Jack singing. He seemed to be the backbone of the baritones. He will be greatly missed. We have kept you in our prayers for comfort and for Our Heavenly Father to watch over you and the family. Please give the kids a hug for us. Love the Johansen’s

  2. David V. Benge says:

    I love Jack!

    Condolences to “Other Mom” Joan and Jack’s children, all of whom I love. May peace that passeth all understanding be yours.

  3. Mark and Paula Jorgenson says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. He was so kind and helpful to many people. God bless you.

  4. Bill and Neita Sorensen says:

    Joan and Family, We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a friend to all regardless of their situation. A gentle gaint , willing to help at anytime. Our Sorensen and Jackson families where blessed by his knowledge and kindness and will always have a tender place in our hearts. We will not be able to attend his services but are sending our hugs and comfort to you now. We love you, Bill and Neita Sorensen

  5. Connie and Tony Hatch says:

    Joan, Lori and family. We are so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. Such a great man and such a great example of Christ-like love. We will miss him and our hearts are with all of you.

  6. Michelle Beus says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a kind and caring man. I worked with him at the AG’s office. I have carried with me for 20 years, a slip of paper on which John wrote:
    I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
    I was made weak, that I might learn to obey.
    I asked for health, that I might do greater things.
    I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
    I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
    I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
    I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men.
    I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
    I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
    I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
    I got nothing that I asked for but everything I had hoped for.
    Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
    I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
    Thank you, John

  7. Nadene Shelley says:

    Ross and I are sorry to hear about Jack. We extend our love and sympathy to you and your family. May Heavenly Father bless you in the coming days.

  8. Melvin Carr says:

    I must say that I consider Jack a good, close friend. One of my most memorable experience serving other people as a member of the LDS church was as his First Counselor in a High Priest Group. We were very active and enjoyed working together. Because of Jack, my wife and I feel a close affinity to the whole family. Jack was a true servant of Jesus Christ.

  9. Dear Joan, Kathryn and family. I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a community treasure a good friend to my dad and all the sheep community. He will indeed be missed.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  10. Perry Merkel says:

    I was saddened to hear of Jack’s passing, my sincere condolences go out to Joan and family.
    Although it has been years since I last saw cousin Jack, whenever I did think of him it was always with fond and warm memories. Like the time in the late 1950’s our family was visiting Sanpete for the Christmas holidays and we drove up Fairview Canyon to get a tree. There was a lot of snow on the road and we had to hike in a ways to cut that perfect tree. Having Jack in charge made the whole affair seem like a fun adventure. And the times, in the 60’s he would indulge me by taking me and Scott out to the West Hills to go rabbit hunting.
    As has been noted by others, Jack certainly was well loved and respected man.

  11. Hal J. Allen says:

    To Steve, Richard and other McAllister family. After being introduced to your Dad by this most interesting obituary, it is easy to see where the gentleness,integrity and service of the sons comes from. I am sorry for your loss but, knowing you as I do, you have been taught well the gospel principles which assure you of being with Dad again. And, I am certain that Mom will carry on the leadership and example that Dad has done for these many years.
    My love and prayers,
    Hal J. Allen

  12. Kaye Watson says:

    Dear Joan and family, so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was such a good person and did so many things of a positive nature wherever he went. I will think of you on Saturday and hope that all goes as you have planned.

  13. Jen Atkinson says:

    Jack was an amazing man and will be greatly missed by many. He was a true friend and gentleman. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
    Fred & Jen Atkinson

  14. Paul & Penny Hamilton says:

    Dear Joan & Family, we share your sorrow in the loss of Jack. He was a giant of a man in every way with the ability to affect others for good. We have many fond memories of you both, but lost touch as ward & stake boundaries separated us. Please know how much we care for your family. May each of you be blessed & comforted at this tender time. Paul & Penny Hamilton

  15. Beverly & Dick Staker says:

    To our dear friend Joan and Family,

    Our heats goes out to you at the passing of Jack. Who would have thought he would pass before Dick. I loved hearing the two of them playing trumpet duets. Maybe Jack is still practicing his trumpet waiting for Dick. We are so sorry we are unable to attend the funeral service as it is very difficult for Dick to travel. You are in our prayers. We send our love.
    Bev & Dick Staker

  16. Diane ogden says:

    I truly enjoyed my association with him when he was the Snow College attorney. On several occasions I had work related issues with him. He was a great help and support.

  17. Joan
    My condolences on the passing of your husband.

  18. We were saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. We always appreciated his work ethic both in the legal profession and on the ranch. His advice and wisdom sustained us many times while we were involved in the education community. We also appreciated his support of our local veteran organizations. Like everything else, he went about doing good without many knowing what he had done. God bless you Joan and your family.
    Courtney and Sheila Syme

  19. Joan and family I am sorry for your loss. John hired me in 1989 to work as a legal secretary in the Education Division. I loved working with him for about twenty years. He was such a kind and caring man.

    Barbara Kindig

  20. Welby and Roberta Barentsen says:

    Oh Joan and family we are so sad to hear of Jacks passing, but we are grateful for so many wonderful memories of you and Jack. I met Jack when we were in first grade at Hamilton, then at Wasatch 6 more years where I took every class with him. And it was so nice for Roberta and me when you married Jack. We thought that was perfect. I want to say that in my 82 years Jack is clearly the finest man I ever met. Always positive, always considerate, I speak here for all the Wasatch class of 1957, where Jack was so loved and respected. Many of those classmates will be watching the online funeral services on Saturday.

  21. Sharon Howell says:

    He was a good man and will be greatly missed.

  22. Steven Clark says:

    Jack was a man of honor and dignity and service. I’m proud to have counted him as a friend. The last time I saw Jack he pressed a $50 bill into my palm and whispered that it was for the choir. It was an act just like him, understated, without ceremony and private. Sail on, my good friend. We will hold Joan in our hearts and hands and give her comfort until all of us can meet again.

  23. Tyler Lee says:

    Jack was a man of deep principal and always had a smiling face, he will be missed by all who knew him. Thanks for all you have done for this world. Rest now til we meet again.

  24. Shirley Christensen says:

    My thoughts go back sixty years to our service together in Paysandu Uruguay and to June 23, 1962 when we saw each other for the last time, the day we were both married in the Manti Temple. I knew from those days in Uruguay that Jack was destined for excellence. Marlene and I send our sincere condolences and at the same time express gratitude that we knew and served briefly with such a noble man.

  25. Susan Savage says:

    For our dear Jack, so honored for his kindness to us, I am reminded of a favorite poem by Jerry Loomis, written for someone named “Joe.” I hope I get it right:

    Joe rode a fast horse, tall and iron-heeled.
    Unseen, I raced behind him through the field,
    Barefoot on clods across the furrowed land;
    I was a boy, I ran behind a man.

    The tall man in the saddle was my friend,
    It didn’t matter how the race would end,
    It didn’t matter that I was so small,
    The man I ran behind was ten men tall.

    I caught them underneath a big shade tree.
    Surprised, Joe reined him in and smiled at me,
    Then he reached down and I climbed up behind,
    And I sat saddle-tall behind a Man.

    Since then, I’ve met all kinds who pass for men,
    Who don’t come close to what they might have been.
    It isn’t very often that I find
    A man I’d run barefoot on clods behind.

    Love always, the Leeds Savages

  26. Christopher g Davis says:

    I was privileged to be tutored by John at the Attorney General’s office. I was his clerk and gratefully learned from his extensive expert experience. He was a kind fair attorney which I have tried to emulate throughout my career.
    I look forward to seeing him again! He was a true saint!

  27. Jim Berlin says:

    I wish I had known Jack longer than i did but really enjoyed my time with him. He was fun to work with as a Board of Trustees member at Wasatch Academy and socialize with as a friend. I treasure the time that I had with Jack. Friends like that don’t come into our lives very often. I will always remember his smile.