John Mahler, loved husband, father, grandfather and coach, passed away Jan. 24 due to injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born March 24, 1939 to Howard Dugan Mahler and Jeannette Pickering. He married Tamara Rexine Nereim and had two children: Leigh Anne Mahler and DJ Mahler. Later in life he married Connie Jacobson on Oct. 16, 1999 and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 27, 2006. His passion in life was coaching youth in basketball. John loved to talk. He was never a stranger for very long to anyone. He had a gift of remembering names and knew something about every boy that he coached. After his service in the U.S. Marines he worked in parks and recreation, as the Portland Lutheran High School athletic director and coach, for Greyhound as a bus driver, for Salt Lake Parks and Recreation at Sugar House Park and as a coach for Tooele County schools. He was known for his great long stories, jokes and meaningful conversations. Thanks to coaching he was able to overcome many health challenges. He died doing what he loved most. He was killed on the way home from a basketball practice. He is survived by his wife Connie Jacobson Mahler, children DJ and Leigh Anne, two grandchildren and many step-children and grandchildren. His pets brought him great joy. Funeral services will be held Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Tooele 4th Ward, 192 S. 200 West, Tooele. A very special thanks goes out to the VA Hospital who offered and gave great support and care.