Many knew him as a kind and mild-mannered man, a librarian, a story-teller, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a brother, a son, a teacher, a neighbor, a gardener, a bee-keeper, a missionary, and a friend. He was known for his long, entertaining stories, which he loved to repeat often. He loved chocolate, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and ice cream. He appreciated books and movies. He enjoyed participation in sports, like diving, fishing, and jumping on the trampoline. He spent a lifetime learning and teaching others.
He was born Jan. 1, 1945, in Yuba City, California, the second child of Robert and Irene Job. He enjoyed his childhood with his parents and four brothers. He moved quite a bit, living in several places as a child, including New York, Maryland, Oklahoma, Germany, and multiple cities in California. In high school, he participated in football, track and field, basketball, and swim. Funny thing, his graduating class voted him most likely NOT to succeed (why would anyone vote for this?). Naturally, as any sane person would, he spent his life showing otherwise. As an adult, after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served and taught the people of Chile for two years as a missionary. Following his mission, he attended and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree. While attending the university, he met and married his sweetheart, Sylvia Heward, for time and all eternity, in June of 1973, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together, he and Sylvia ventured to Snowflake, Arizona, where he was an elementary school teacher. They later lived in Livingston, California, then Kearns, Provo, and Orem, Utah. While living in Utah, he returned to BYU to earn a master’s degree in library science. Following graduation, he worked in Utah for several years until he found a position that brought his family to Riverside, California — the place they called home for almost 30 years. In California, he worked as a college librarian for San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills for a total of 28 years. After retirement, Sylvia suffered a stroke; they sold their home and moved together to reside in Stansbury Park, Utah.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from the time of his conversion, serving in multiple capacities. His testimony and faith and hope in the redeeming power of his Savior, Jesus Christ, helped him to raise and nurture a family. He found success, love, and joy, as a faithful husband, for 45 years, and a devoted father to each of his children.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Sylvia Heward Job; brothers, Robert (Louise) Job, Theodore (Susan) Job, John Job, and James Job; 10 children, Julianne (Ryan) Williams, Samuel (Kelly) Job, Marianne (Frank) Mayo, JennyLyn (Brent) Taft, Jeremiah (Sharon) Job, Evelyn (Samuel) Ellsworth, Daniel (Nia) Job, David (Tausha) Job, Jonathan Job, and James Job; 23 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Olivia Job.
Services will be held in Tooele, Utah. The funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 11, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1037 W. Erda Way, at noon. Viewings will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main Street, and at the church prior to the funeral from 10-11:45 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at Stansbury Park Cemetery.