John Roger Lasater
John Roger Lasater

December 8, 1931 - June 14, 2017
Born in Farmington, UT
Resided in North Ogden, UT
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John R. Lasater, disciple, husband, father and grandfather, warrior and friend, died at age 85, June 14, 2017, due to complications of Agent Orange exposure in the Vietnam War; he was surrounded by his loving family in his home in North Ogden.

He was born December 8, 1931, in Farmington, Utah, the third of eight children of Robert and Rowena Lasater. He grew up in the Ogden area, graduating from Weber County High School, attended Brigham Young University, graduated with his Bachelor's degree from the University of Omaha; and, received a master's degree from the University of Southern California. He also graduated from the prestigious National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington D.C. His marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn Jones, was solemnized on September 14, 1951, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the proud parents of four daughters; Mary Lynn, Leslie Ann, Melanie, Carolyn, and son Garth; 26 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren.

John loved his country and was one of its greatest patriots. He began his military career in the Air Force as an Airman Basic and retired as a Brigadier General thirty-three years later having served in a variety of high-level positions. John loved flying and served his country as a jet pilot, earning two Silver Stars. He earned the nickname "Lucky Lasater" as a reconnaissance pilot always returning from dangerous missions over Vietnam. His fellow pilots always wanted to fly with "Lucky Lasater" because they knew he would always come back.

John was involved in significant military positions throughout his career, including serving as Special Assistant for Joint Matters and Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Initiatives and Action Group in the Directorate of Plans and Policy, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. While in this position, he served as Chief of the Europe/North Atlantic Treaty Organization Division. As a General, John served as commander of the Strategic Air Command's 4th Air Division located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He completed his career as the senior military adviser to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency of the State Department. He was also the acting U.S. Commissioner to the 19th and 20th U.S. and Union of Soviet Socialists Republics Standing Consultative commissions. While holding all these important positions, he always put first the Lord's work and served with all his heart, might, mind and strength in every calling.

John's first love was serving our Father in Heaven; he loved to serve the Lord in any capacity and was a great organizer, thinker and leader. He would count among his special memories his service as Branch President in Laon, France; upon his release as Branch President he was called as the Servicemen's Coordinator for all of Europe. John also experienced God's tender mercies as Branch President of the Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam branch where he loved those servicemen going to great lengths to be sure that the gospel of Jesus Christ touched their lives; he would often complete his home teaching by helicopter. John was called once again as Branch President in Oxford, England which touched the lives of many. He subsequently was called as Stake President over the Servicemen's Stake in Germany - the spiritual leader of all American Latter-Day Saint servicemen and families in Germany; Regional Representative for LDS regions in Europe, Wyoming and Colorado and the South-Eastern States areas; and he gave it his all as a
Mission President over the New Zealand Auckland Mission. While serving as Mission President, Elder Lasater was sustained to the Quorum of the Seventy at the April 1987 general conference and served for six years as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During his general authority service, he was President of the North America Southeast Area, and Second Counselor in the Europe Area Presidency. When Elder Lasater was called to serve in the Quorum of the Seventy it was said, "not since Joseph Smith was a lieutenant general of the Nauvoo Legion has there been a General Authority of the Church who was actually a general." Following his release as a general authority Elder Lasater served in one of his most beloved callings in the church, Gospel Doctrine teacher.

Our husband and father's life was a testament of love - love for his wife Marilyn of 65 years, love of God, family and country. His life is an unfinished journey and for us, one of courage, strength and example - a legacy which will live in our hearts forever.

Our deepest thanks to Intermountain Hospice staff, especially our nurse Julie for her love and support during our father's unfinished journey. Her caring heart sustained us all through this difficult period.

He is preceded in death, by his parents Robert and Rowena Lasater, and four of his brothers and sisters; Doris, Don, Kay and Randy, and his great-grandson, Justus Kirkendall. He is survived by his siblings; Kent, Diane, and Valerie.

Viewings will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 18th, at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington
Boulevard, Ogden, Utah; and on Monday from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the North Ogden 7th Ward building, 205 East Elberta Drive, North Ogden, Utah. Funeral services will be held Monday, June l9th, at the same location beginning at 11 a.m. Interment, Ogden City Cemetery with full military honors.

The family would request that in lieu of flowers that a contribution is made to the general missionary fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.




Myers Mortuary - Ogden
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
June 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
June 19, 2017
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
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North Ogden 7th Ward
205 E Elberta Dr.
North Ogden, UT US 84414
June 19, 2017
11:00 AM
Ogden City Cemetery
20th and Madison
Ogden, UT US 84404
June 19, 2017