John Rae Kallbacka


John Rae Kallbacka, 69, of Evanston, passed away on Dec. 13, 2020.

John was born on March 22, 1951, to Arther and Faye (Golden) Kallbacka, in Provo, Utah. After graduating from Provo High School, he went on to study and work in a number of trades, including as an instrumentation and controls technician, which he ultimately made his career. He enjoyed two full careers as an I and C technician. The first 18 years were at Hercules Aerospace (Baccus West Works, as the plant was known when he started there) in Magna, Utah.

At the time of his death, he was in the process of retiring from an 18-year career with Pacificorp at Naughton Power Plant in Kemmerer. John was a dedicated employee and took much pride in his work as an I and C tech. He was also proud to carry a Utah Master Electrician License, Certified HVAC Tech and held Certified Welder credentials.

In the spring of 1976, he met Julie Deanne Poulsen, and by September, they were married. John and Julie went on to have 3 children: John Jason and twins, Nicole Deanna and Jacob Grant.

John was a force of nature, incredibly determined, with a mind of his own that led him to always do things his own way. He was so dedicated to providing the best he possibly could for his family. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He often demonstrated this by giving little gifts or sharing some of his vast knowledge with his loved ones.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston.

Condolences and Live Streaming can be viewed here: https://www.crandallfhevanston.com/obituary/John-Kallbacka.

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