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John David Minson

April 16, 1951 — April 4, 2023


John David Minson passed away on April 4, 2023, at his home in Layton, Utah at the young age of 71 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.


John was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Glenn Minson and Marie Eliason Minson.  He grew up in Bountiful and Ogden and attended Ogden High School. After high school, he served an LDS mission to Mexico.  During his mission, John met Cynthia Ruiz in 1972 when he was assigned to interview her parents for baptism, and she was a little baby. Thirty years later they reunited and were married and sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on November 15, 2002.


John attended Brigham Young University majoring in Spanish and later received his MBA from the University of Utah.  While at BYU, John met Colleen Wilson whom he married in 1976, and with whom he had the first six of his ten children.  They were later divorced.


After John and Cynthia were married in 2002, they lived in Virginia and then moved to Layton where they have lived for the past 18 years.  John was the most loving and dedicated husband, father, and friend.  He loved corny jokes, singing and playing the guitar for his loved ones, and working with his hands.  His dream job, if he had had the opportunity, would have been building temples.


John has been a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a devoted disciple of his Savior Jesus Christ. He served in different positions in the church including ward secretary, 2nd counselor in the bishopric, and Sunday School President.


John has been an active member in the Boy Scouts of America where he earned his Eagle Scout and was part of the Order of the Arrow.  John served as Cub Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and Varsity Commissioner.  He also co-founded the 007 Scout troop and was recognized with several Merit Awards including the Silver Beaver award for his more than 30 years of service in the Boy Scouts.


John enjoyed being outdoors and taught his children to love camping.  His family carries on his values of service, hard work, resourcefulness, and faithfulness.


John is survived by his adored wife, Cynthia Minson; his six sons, BJ Minson (Maggie); Michael Minson (Saaraa); Steven Minson (Jeff); Adacy Mancilla (Jennifer); Seth Minson; Thomas Minson; four daughters, Maureen Minson Meldrum (Brian); Julia Minson Palmieri (Paolo); Karin Minson Chamberlain (Scott); and MarySarah Minson.  John is also survived by 19 grandchildren, his brother, Paul Minson, and his sisters, Marcia Minson Sutton, and Lona Minson Miller.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Marie.


Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Layton Hills Stake Center,

2300 University Park Blvd., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No, Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center.


Interment will be immediately following the funeral services at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 No Fairfield Rd., Layton, UT 84041.


Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of John’s obituary page at


John’s family is grateful for all of the love and support offered by friends and family.  Condolences and messages to the family may be sent to:



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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

Lindquist's Layton Mortuary

1867 N Fairfield Rd, Layton, UT 84041

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Mountain time)

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

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