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James (Jack) Knell

Staff WriterMay 25, 2019


On May 10, 2019, our loving father, James J. “Jack” Knell quietly passed away at the age of 94. Jack was born in Provo, Utah in 1924. He graduated from BYU with a brief intermission to enlist in WWII. While in pilot training he was nicknamed “Skeeter” and served as Lead Bombardier on a B-24 and flew 50 combat missions, narrowly surviving many. He was a recipient of the rare Distinguished Flying Cross. He remembered these years, and those he served with, fondly, often recounting his stories throughout his life.

Jack grew up fly fishing and remained a pilot and avid golfer when he moved California where he spent seven decades. It was there he met and married his wife Ginny, raised his son and daughter, and built his business literally by his own hands. Having attended a screen printing equipment convention, he returned home and declared “I can build mine better” and he did; machining and welding the screen printing equipment in his garage. He supplied printed apparel to many companies including Pebble Beach, Apple Computers, First Interstate Bank, among others. Up until the age of 93 Jack remained very active, working on his house, cars, computers and helping others whenever they would ask.

He loved God, his family, his church and his country, and was loved back by people of all generations. He was called “Uncle Jack” by his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. He laughed and smiled until the day he passed. He is survived by his sister Claudia Young and her husband Joseph, his son Jim, his daughter Janet and her husband Lee Kendrick; and their two sons Devin and Dylan. His brother Lee, a Provo architect, passed in 2006. He is now reunited with beloved wife Ginny who passed in 2016.

His funeral will be held Saturday, May 25 at the LDS church at 114 S. 400 West at 10 AM in Orem. He will be interred Tuesday, May 28th at the Heber City Cemetery alongside his wife, his parents and his eldest daughter Cynthia, who died at two days of age.

You will always be fondly remembered, we love you “Uncle Jack!”

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