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John Lee Tanner

September 23, 1947 — July 21, 2023

In Memoriam: John Lee Tanner (September 23, 1947 - July 21,2023)

With fond memories we announce the passing of the devoted and faithful John Lee Tanner of Snowflake AZ. Born on September 23, 1947, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. John's life was one of service and dedication to his family, community, and faith. On July 21, 2023, at his home in Snowflake, AZ, he peacefully left this mortal world, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished for generations to come.

John is the second son of William Ezra Tanner and LaJeanne Tanner (Daines). He married Rhea Joan Tanner (Hurdman) on July 4, 1970, with whom he shared a lifetime of cherished memories and companionship. John was a pillar of strength and an inspiring example to his seven children:

• JoLee (Rich) Fletcher (Washington, UT),

• David (Rebecca) Tanner (Valley Center, CA),

• Lara (Fred) Kong (Edmonton, AB),

• Ayme (Shawn) Harding (Stirling, AB),

• Nathan (Kalyn) Tanner (Queen Creek, AZ),

• Katherine Tanner (Snowflake, AZ),

• Doug (Kendra) Tanner (Queen Creek, AZ).

His love for each of them was boundless, and he found great joy in their successes and achievements. In addition to being a loving father, John was a cherished grandfather to twenty-seven grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, each of whom held a special place in his heart.

• Matthew (Kelsey) Fletcher,

• Marley (Matthew & Kelsey) Fletcher,

• Britain (Matthew & Kelsey) Fletcher,

• Dayna (Nick) Hicken,

• Redmond (Dayna & Nick) Hicken,

• Tyler Fletcher,

• Rachel Fletcher,

• Katelyn Tanner,

• Emily Tanner,

• Nate Tanner,

• Parker Tanner,

• Maggie Tanner,

• Madelyn Kong,

• Elijah Kong,

• Hazel Kong,

• Shepard Kong,

• Jenny (Josiah) Steed,

• Enzo (Jenny & Josiah) Steed,

• James (Katherine) Harding,

• Jackson (Samantha) Harding,

• Emma Harding,

• Cayson Harding,

• Dallin Tanner,

• Salinda Tanner,

• Stirling Tanner,

• Porter Tanner,

• Eliza Tanner,

• Izabella Ventura Tanner,

• Violet Tanner,

• Norah Tanner,

• Dain Tanner

All were touched by his love and guidance. John is survived by all his siblings:

• Bill (JoAnne) Tanner,

• Tricia (Jerry) Peterson,

• Ron (Martha) Tanner,

• Pam (Norman) Sellers.

Their shared memories will forever hold a special place in their hearts. From a young age, John's devotion to Jesus Christ was evident, and this faith led him to serve two missions in Guatemala. As a young man, he dedicated two years of his life to serving the people of Guatemala, sharing the gospel, and providing aid to those in need. The experience of that mission left an indelible mark on his heart, shaping his character and strengthening his commitment to serving others.

Later in life, with Rhea by his side, John returned to Guatemala for a second mission, a remarkable testament to their unwavering dedication to their faith and the people they served. This mission was a culmination of his shared love for the country, its people, and the joy of missionary service. Their mission together was a shining example of the power of love and partnership, inspiring all who knew them.

Throughout his life, John found joy in many simple pleasures. Working at the temple brought him a profound sense of peace and fulfillment, and he approached his temple service with reverence and humility. Gardening was a passion that allowed him to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of God's creations. He found delight in cooking and baking, bringing warmth and happiness to his family through delicious meals. His problem-solving skills were unmatched, and he generously lent a helping hand to anyone in need. In his later years, John developed a special bond with his daughters Katherine and Lara as they worked together on various mutual projects. The joy they found in their collaborative endeavors exemplified the strength of family ties and the power of shared passions. These and other relationships bolstered his sprits and gave him strength.

John Lee Tanner was a man of character, integrity, and faith. His legacy will be carried forward by the love he instilled in his family, the impact he had on his community, and the lessons he taught about service and devotion to God. You will be dearly missed, but your memory will live on in our hearts forever. We love you dad. 

A viewing will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at the Temple View Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2885 W. Hwy 277, Snowflake from 10:00-11:30 A.M. with the funeral service to follow at Noon.

A live stream of the funeral will be provided starting at noon:

No graveside service will be held the day of the funeral. John will be laid to rest at the Stirling Cemetery in Stirling, Alberta, Canada at a later date yet to be determined.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, August 2, 2023

10:00 - 11:30 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Temple View Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2885 Arizona 277, Snowflake, AZ 85937

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Temple View Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2885 Arizona 277, Snowflake, AZ 85937

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