Gillies Funeral Chapel


John Henry Noyes

February 10, 1956  ~  August 5, 2014

Viewings: Sunday, August 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, August 11th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Brigham City West Stake Center, 895 North 625 West.

Funeral services: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City West Stake Center, 895 North 625 West

Interment: Milton Cemetery


John Henry Noyes left this mortal world to begin his eternal road trip on August 5, 2014. Born February 10, 1956, John was the tenth of thirteen children born to Verle Mc and Doris Noyes. Raised on a small family dairy farm in Milton in Morgan County, John learned the value of hard work and how to find joy in the fleeting moments of leisure. After a mission to New Zealand, John married Nanette Wilkinson, his high school sweetheart, in the Ogden LDS temple on August 26, 1977. They couldn't have been better partners. John provided the vision while Nan read the road map (and poured the Diet Coke). John followed in the footsteps of his dairy farmer father, but with significantly different results. Desire mixed with ambition fueled by passion allowed John to transform an operation of himself and a herd of 18 cows into a 3,500 cow 1000 acre agricultural enterprise. Hard Work was his constant companion as he literally built his business by the sweat of his brow. John understood the business as well as the science of farming, and he loved doing the work. The fruits of John's labors provided him the resources to bless the lives of innumerable people. Modest in his liberal generosity, John offered employment to the unemployed, support to missionaries, his time for service, and cash if necessary. Fortune smiled kindly on those in need when John became aware of their circumstances. He lived his testimony and served where he was needed. Among the many callings he had, he loved the most being needed in the Primary! John would readily acknowledge that the best crop he ever raised, however, was his four children. John created the conditions for the development of their considerable talents. He prioritized his precious time to support them in their pursuits. If his children were performing, John was in the audience. His children, Jennifer (Ryan) Wilkes, North Logan; Clay (Kara) Noyes, Farmington; Holly (Mitch) Hancock, Corinne; and Eric (Amanda) Noyes, Provo; brought him much joy and many proud moments, not the least of which were his 13 grandchildren who loved their grandpa. John left his footprints and tire tracks in nearly every state. The objective for John's trips was never the destination. Instead, as included in the Robert Frost poem, the road less traveled beckoned to John, and he willingly answered the call. John's road trips were legendary. He truly saw the world from a different view. Success is not judged by wealth or possessions, rather by accumulation of friends. John had many social gifts which he freely shared. There were no strangers to John, just friends that he had yet to meet. While it is not for us to understand all mysteries, we will treasure the echo of his laughter and the memory of his goodness. In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his siblings Verla Hasler, Sunset; Don (Linda) Noyes, Milford; Eva (Lowell) Clark, Cokeville, WY; Marie (Earl) Phippen, Chubbuck, ID; Gale (Mary) Noyes, Warden, WA; Lloyd (Connie) Noyes, Fillmore; Joyce (Jim) Miley, Syracuse; Marilyn (Steve) Hardman, Morgan; Norman (Michelle) Noyes, Sunset; Nina (Mel) Anderson, Hooper; Jane (Jerry) Williamson, Morgan. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara Iverson. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Brigham City LDS West Stake Center, 895 North 625 West, Brigham City, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening or 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the church. Interment in the Milton Cemetery in Morgan.

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Nan and Family,
We are so sad for your family's loss. Our thoughts, prayers and love are sent your way.

Denise and Ed Diehl


Nan - Holly - Mitch
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. May your sweet tender memories bring you love - peace and comfort at this time. We love you !

Charlie - Cheryl Jenkins


John was, and still is, one of my heroes. He was like a second father to me growing up. He was clever, funny, strong, and had no qualms telling you to get off your seat and get some work done. Whether he was pulling us on a snowmobile, hauling a trailer to school for a science project, or even driving me to the hospital, he was a man who could always be relied on, and taught all of us boys to be the same way. I love you John; thank you for looking after us. We miss you easy.

Ross Nelson


Nan & family,
Please know you are in my prayers. John was a good man and will be missed by many. May you find comfort.



I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Kristen Gibby Walton


Dear Noyes Family,
We are thinking and praying for you. We are terribly sorry for your loss. We love Eric and Amanda dearly and know they come from a wonderful family.

Rich and Jen Petersen


Nan and family, Don & Linda and the Noyes Family. From the time I first served with John in the New Zealand-Auckland Mission as Zone Leaders, I knew that if hard work was all it took, he would be a smashing success in this life. "Focused" pretty much described him. And I know from the successes he has had in this life, he was focused in evertything, to Nan and Don, whom I know so well, you have my most humble condolences. May God bless you in this poignant time of uncertainty and mourning. John was a great man whom the Lord loved. He has recieved him into his bosom where he may experience eternal peace.
Best regards,

Bishop Vic Saunders


First met John when you bought the home next door in La Jolla Hills. Recognized immediately his fine character. A man of integrity. Got to play golf with him at Green Springs a few times. Like him a lot. My deepest sympathies to all of his family and loved ones. Sorry I can't come to the funeral. Serving at the Temple in Wash DC.
Kindest regards

Dick Williams


Our hearts are so full of sadness for your loss. We hope that your sorrow will be lifted by the hope that the plan of salvation has to offer and the peace that can be given through the love of our Savior. Let him carry you through this deep trial. We love you so much and pray for you to receive the comfort and peace He has to offer.

Nate & Natalie


Nan, we are in Barcelona to get our son. We will be out of the country but want to send our condolances. We were blessed to grow up with both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jim Wiscombe


I have so many memories of John. Our family lived next door in Milton. John was always a hard worker and I am so sorry to hear he passed. What a legacy! I am so sorry for your loss.

Linda Beasley Rawson


Dear Nan and Noyes family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of John. I have many fond memories of growing up with John and being in the same ward. He was always fun to be around. It was so fun to see you both at the class reunion and to tell fun stories and memories from high school. Our prayers and thoughts are with Nan and the family.

Leon and Melodie Waldron


John, Nan and Family.
We love you and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and hearts. John was truly an example of "Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing" in his charitable situations. Many young men and especially the widows of our community have been helped by John. He was a member in good standing in the Corinne First Ward High Priest Quorum. We will all miss his big smile and friendly wave of his hand as he passed in his white truck or Big Green Tractor. All our Love !!!!!!!!

Whitney Young


Dear Nan and Family,
So saddened to hear of your loss. What a great man. He did leave a wonderful legacy. Please know how much we love you. You and your family will continue to be in our prayers!

Janette and Mark Bischoff


Dearest Noyes family (Nan), our hearts are heavy for you at this time. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Charlotte Elquist Stephenson


Sorry to hear about John, I remember the trip to Lake Powell as a youth, and fixing fence with him. John was fun, he has a wonderful family. My heart goes out to you all. May you be blessed with comfort during this difficult time.

Jason McDougal


I was so saddened to hear of John's death. I went to school with him, Nanette, Norman, and Nina. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

Jeff Bigler


I was a new member of the community who had just happily learned the art of irrigating by filling metal irrigation tubes when Brother Noyes drove down a dirt path to greet me in his truck. I was all alone and startled. I was excited to serve a family that I visiting taught while they were away. He laughed kindly and sent me on my way letting me know that he would irrigate for them. He mused that they could have asked him... Other friends of mine out west have been so grateful for the water he routinely shared with them. I admired his joy at teaching the older primary boys-- he sang the primary songs and employed his unique style in teaching them to focus and participate. John, Nan and his children have genuinely welcomed my family to the ward. They've shared their smiles and talents with us. We love the grandkids that we interact with at church. Our hearts are saddened by John's departure. We want all the best for his family.

Love to you from the Fertig Family!


Nan, So sad to hear about John's passing! It was too soon! We hope you can feel our prayers for you!

Jim and Tere Moore


Nan and Family, John was by far the most generous man I was closely associated with. He has touched our families life and I will learn from his example. Two things I know for certainty is that John loved to help others and that he loved his family. May God bless you all

Bruce Hubbard


Nan,Norman and Nina,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in the arms of angles.And may our Hevenly Father comfort you at this difficult time. So sorry.

Julie Rock Kendell


So sorry for your loss. Such a tragedy for such a kind, loving husband, father and friend. It was my pleasure to have known him and some of the family members. I am sorry to not be with you at this time in your lives but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely

Jana's brother
Robert Price


Noyes Family,
We are so saddened to hear of John's passing. He has helped Mom so much since Dad passed away. We never had to worry about her getting stuck in the driveway after a big snow storm. John was there with in hours with his tractor to plow the snow. It will be so strange not seeing his white truck. He was a man on the move! Praying for strength and peace for your family.

Melynda Santo-Jolley


Dearest Noyes family
We were shocked as everyone to hear of the news of the passing of John. These past few days Leanna and I have been thinking a lot about your family and how many good memories of high school involve your family (madrigals, lake powell, late dairy visits). One specific lake powell trip our senior year, I remember we were camping (I believe John was staying at the hotel:) and we decided to do a late run on the water before the sun went down. Well, we had too much fun because we ended up running out of gas. We thought we were close enough so we started paddling, then after awhile we realized we were further than we thought. We started to get worried because we all knew the wind gusts can toss you into the big Lake Powell rocks. John, our chaperone and leader, was first to remind us to turn to our Heavenly Father for help, which we all bowed our heads and prayed. It wasn't long after that that we saw a boat with a light and we got their attention to come and tow us in. When we got to shore, we all started heading to start fixing the camp and dinner. Before we could continue John reminded us where our thoughts needed to be having just been blessed with divine intervention. He said we ask our Heavenly Father a lot but sometimes we forget to Thank Him. We then all gathered and gave thanks to Him for bringing us to safety. I will always remember his words and what a great example he was to me late that night at Lake Powell. We wish we could give you all big hugs and that we could physically be at the funeral (and sing) but please know our hearts and thoughts are with you during this hard time. I know we don't know the answer to all things, but know that our Father in Heaven is aware of us all individually and has open arms to receive us all.
With Love,

Mike and Leanna Van Dusen

I'll add my own little addendum… our hearts have hurt so much this week. We love you and are grateful we've both been recipients of the love that came from your great family. I always remember John with a huge smile, someone who always made me feel welcome and at home. Someone who could make light of any situation- even if it was some crazy teenagers that took the power out at midnight. I have nothing but fun, happy memories of being with your family. Please know we're praying for you, all the way across the world…along with the saints in the Tokyo Temple. We wish so badly we could be there in person.


Thinking of your family at this time.

Jared Sprague


Our sympathies to the entire family. We are grateful for John Henry's posterity, and particularly for his son, Clay Noyes. Our prayers are with you all.

John and Jill Kennedy


May he rest in peace. My condolences are deeply felt with his wife. as you well know I lost my husband the same way so I can tell you I know how you feel and how deep are pain is as we are left behind as their wives. my prayers are with you and God is with you too. Just try and take care of yourself 1 hour 1 day is all you were capable of at this time
take care



I just learned about John's passing from my sister and found his obituary online. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jane. You've been through so much. Yet I know you have the faith and strength to see you through. My prayers are with you.




























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