Jack L. Cox, 92, lovingly known as Smilin’ Jack, died peacefully the afternoon of Oct. 18, 2019, in his home in Tooele, Utah. He was born to Franklin Cox and Georgia Charlesworth Cox on March 30, 1927, in Clawson, Emery County, Utah. He married Neva Jensen on July 21, 1949, in the Manti Temple.
Jack attended school in Carbon County, graduating from Carbon High and Carbon College. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He loved spending time at the family cabin, riding horses and long car rides with his co-pilot Neva. They would often end up in Evanston or Wendover for lunch. Jack was active in the LDS faith. He served as the first bishop of the Tooele 12th Ward, a member of the stake presidency, and many other callings.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Neva; five siblings; his daughter, Lynne Cox Droubay; and his son, Ted J. Cox. He is survived by six children, 20 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Oct. 27, 2019, at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St., Tooele, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Oct. 28, 2019, at the Tooele South Stake Center, 1025 Southwest Dr., Tooele, at 11 a.m. A visitation prior to the service will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.