John Henry Noyes left this mortal world to begin his eternal road trip on Aug. 5, 2014. Born Feb. 10, 1956, John was the 10th of 13 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 Aug. 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 1,000 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, Filmore; Joyce (Jim) Miley, Syracuse; Marilyn (Steve) Hardman, Morgan; Norman (Michelle) Noyes, Sunset; Nina (Mel) Anderson, Hooper; and Jane (Jerry) Williamson, Morgan. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara Iverson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Brigham City LDS West Stake Center, 895 North 625 West, Brigham City, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening or 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Internment in the Milton Cemetery in Morgan.