John Morris “Jack” Bell

Our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather tiptoed through the stars to his sweetheart, who has been waiting just beyond the moon for him so they could continue their journey together into eternity.

John Morris “Jack” Bell passed away Tuesday, March 23, on the morning of his 90th birthday. He was born in 1931, in Rock Springs, to Wilford Ether (Johnny) and Helen Syme Freeman Bell.

Dad spent the first 10 years of his life in Dines, Wyoming, and in July 1941, his parents moved to Randolph, Utah, where his parents took over a garage business.

He attended school in Randolph and graduated from South Rich High School in May 1949.

He married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Vernon, on July 28, 1950. This marriage was later solemnized in the Logan, Utah, Temple.

Jack and JoAnn are the parents of six children, Vernon J. (Sherrie), John Robert, Betty Jo Norris (Perry) Doralee (deceased), Rodney Brian (Anelisa) and Lorri Lee Frandsen (Raymond).

Our parents’ lives revolved around their family — their children, their 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. They never missed a chance to attend whatever the family was participating in, even if it meant driving to the opposite end of the state to watch.

Dad had a strong work ethic, and he taught his children and grandchildren to work right alongside him. He was a true jack-of-all-trades, as he ran two different garages, worked on farm equipment, hauled gas, and also owned a trucking business, a cattle ranch and a mink ranch at one time or another.

Dad was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many positions. He had a strong testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and loved knowing his family is forever.

Along with his children and grandchildren, he is survived by a brother, Bryce (Beverly); a sister-in-law, Kay Bell; and brother-in-law Kenneth Vernon; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; his in-laws, Joe and Grace Vernon; sister-in-law, Shana Muir Vernon; a daughter, Doralee; a sister, Helen Marie Kearl (Theo); a brother, Wilford Earl (Bill); a grandson, Kade; four great-grandchildren, Laci Jo, Cody, Dallyn and Luke; and a nephew, Keith Kearl.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, in the Randolph LDS Ward Chapel. Viewings will be on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Saturday, at the church. Interment will be in the Randolph Cemetery.

Sympathies may be expressed to the family at

“We’ll go lookin through the stars for the heaven that is ours, and I know we’ll find it somewhere just beyond the moon.

“Then together, hand in hand, we’ll find our promised land, and we’ll settle down forever darlin’, just beyond the moon.”


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