June 17, 1936 — May 12, 2022
Joseph Alisa Sears, Jr., 85, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was born June 17, 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Joseph Alisa and Evelyn Fay Sears.
On December 30, 1958, Joe married Irene Cash, the marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on April 17, 1964. Irene passed away July 15, 1981 from cancer. Joe and Irene were the proud parents of one daughter, Cindy, and five sons, Blair, Brent, Brian, Blake, and Burke.
He graduated from Weber High School and Weber Jr. College. He also attended the University of Utah.
Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1955. He loved sports, and while stationed in Germany was able to play basketball and softball. His company softball team won the European Championship.
Joe retired from the U.S. Government January 3, 1995, after serving 31 years as a tax manager for the IRS and three years in the U.S. Army.
His children grew up playing sports. One of his favorite things was coaching his children when they were playing little league sports or church athletics. If not coaching he was always in attendance at their games or other activities.
Joe loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions, several being Ward Clerk, Ward Sunday School President, Bishop’s Counselor, Stake High Counselor, Stake Sunday School Counselor and faithful home teacher.
Joe was blessed to have a second love enter his life. On October 20, 1982, he married Gayle Smith in the Ogden Temple. Gayle brought three more wonderful children into his life, a son, Kelly and two daughters, Kristina and Kori Ann.
Joe and Gayle continued with their church service, this included missionary assignments. Their favorite assignment was a two-year calling to the inner city of Ogden. Joe always said Gayle was his best partner doing missionary work and as a home teaching companion.
Joe and Gayle loved to travel. Some of the locations visited were Hawaii, Europe, China, Canada, Mexico, and Cancun. They followed their pioneer trail from beginning to end. They visited all the church presidents’ graves. They also visited the graves of all their ancestors.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Sears; children, Blair Sears, Brent Sears, Brian Sears, Blake Sears, Burke Sears, and Cindy Sears; step-children, Kelly, Kristina and Kori Ann; and sister, Faye Applonie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Sears, and wife, Irene Cash.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Send condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.