J. Gordon Wyatt was born January 4, 1934, in Wellsville, Utah, to Charles B. Wyatt and Eva Haslam Jones. Gordon was born at home with the assistance of his grandma. One of his favorite stories is that after he was born, they kept him warm in the oven. Charles and Eva divorced and Gordon, his mother and his grandmother moved to Salt Lake City. Eva met and married Reed F. Cowan 4 years later and he became the only father that Gordon ever knew.
Gordon spent his childhood and teenage years growing up behind the Capital Building on DeSoto Street. He had very fond memories of his friends there and the adventures they had on the Capital grounds. Some of those friendships have lasted to this day. Gordon attended West High School and left after his Jr. year after being offered a scholarship to the University of Utah. He graduated from the U with a B.S. in Biology & Zoology with plans to attend dental school but changed his mind and continued his education at the U earning an MBA. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas-Louisiana Mission.
He married Kathleen Platt, and they had 2 children, J. Michael and Michelle. They divorced and he married Suzanne Staten, becoming father to her 2 children, Terry and Kelly.
His career was in the Insurance Field as an adjuster and claims analyst handling lawsuits throughout the Intermountain area.
Gordon enjoyed reading, tinkering with cars, shopping, always finding a great deal, and most sports. He was a huge fan of the University of Utah Football and Basketball programs and enjoyed attending the games and was a member of the Crimson Club. He loved tennis and golf and played both until he was physically unable to. Gordon also loved animals, especially all the dogs he had through all the years. He served in various church callings and enjoyed them all.
He was preceded in death by his wonderful parents Reed and Eva Cowan and his beloved Aunt Sara Murray and Uncle Ferris Jones, as well as many other special family members.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne and his children, J. Michael (Sharon) Wyatt, Michelle (Blake) Court, Terry (Dwight) Gibson, and Kelly (David) Meyer, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and his 2 sisters, Gayle Perry and Marilyn (Dave) Clark, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful, Utah. A morning viewing will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary prior to services. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live steam will begin 10-15 minutes prior to the services and will be posted below.
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Special thanks to the staff at Legacy House of Park Lane in Farmington and the nursing staff of Inspiration Healthcare for the love and special care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Utah Hospital.