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John "Jack" Winder

d. August 7, 2017

1923 ~ 2017

John R. ("Jack") Winder, 94, died Thursday, August 3, 2017, at his home in Salt Lake City. He was born April 17, 1923, in Salt Lake City to William Charles Winder, Jr., and Bessie Roberta Anderson Winder. He was the third of six children (only sister Joyce Seare survives). He attended Lowell Elementary, Bryant Middle School, and East High School, where he participated in ROTC. He then completed his freshman year at the U of U before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served 1942-1945. In 1945 he married Lucile Espenschied and they had two sons together, Tom and Jim. All three are deceased. To Jack's great sorrow, Tom's only child, Amy, also recently died. Jim had three children-Jill, Julie, and Scott. Jill lives in Berlin and has a son, August. Julie has four children, Isaac, Anika, Ian and Nadia. Scott lives in California and makes Taylor guitars. Jack next married Karen Hansen Krogh. They later divorced. In 1972 he married Laura Lee, with whom he remained for the rest of his life. Their 45-year marriage produced two children, Rob and Beth. Beth has two beautiful little boys-Finn and Rowan-whom Jack loved very much. He is also survived by daughters-in-law Jennifer Leonard, Carol Winder, and Sheila Winder, and son-in-law Tyler McIntyre. Jack had an exceptional gift for writing and editing, and enjoyed a distinguished career in journalism and advertising. He held positions at the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake Telegram, San Diego Union and, most notably, the Deseret News, where he worked in a variety of capacities. He did the layout for a Pulitzer-winning issue covering the 1962 Dead Horse Point murder. His transition to advertising also brought considerable success, and he eventually became the senior writer for Evans Advertising during its heyday. He and his team received an Addy award (the ad world's "Oscar") for a Utah Power commercial.

Services will be held at the 21st Ward chapel (680 2nd Ave) on Friday, August 11 at 11:30 A.M. Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:15. He will be buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery next to his parents. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Utah Humane Society or to the LDS Church's Humanitarian Aid Fund.
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