Obituary: John Andrew Urbanik

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John Andrew Urbanik

Sept. 16, 1956 ~ Nov. 4, 2019

John Andrew Urbanik passed away Nov. 4, 2019, in Grand Junction, Colorado, after a courageous battle with leukemia. John was born Sept. 16, 1956, in East Carbon (Dragerton), Utah, to Albert George and Lillian Grames Urbanik and was the fifth of eight children. John was born with birth defects that had to be corrected with a number of surgeries. Through it all, he was good natured and a cooperative patient. When asked how he was doing he would give the same understated reply, “not bad.” Even with his last battle with cancer, “not bad” was his answer to the same query.

John attended East Carbon High School, College of Eastern Utah, and Utah State University. In high school and college he played football and wrestled. In 1977, John married his eternal companion Barbara Cobb in the Manti, Utah LDS temple. They were the parents of five children. They lived in Logan, Utah, East Carbon, Utah, and finally Rangely, Colorado for more than 25 years.

John worked in the engineering department of numerous mines in Utah and Colorado as a surveyor and draftsman. In his later years he worked as a vender/merchandiser for Premium Retail, Acosta, Foster Grant, and other retail companies. He loved the Rocky Mountains, but most of all he loved music—all kinds of music. He was not a gifted musician, but he was a gifted collector of vinyl records, 8-track and cassette tapes, and CDs. He always enjoyed sharing one of his “finds” with friends and family. His favorite music was heavy metal, ’80s hairbands and rock groups, grunge and ’70s classic rock. His other favorite pastime was game night with his children playing the board game RISK late into the morning. John was a lifelong member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

John is survived by his loving wife Barbara; children Rachael Urbanik, Micheal Urbanik, Callista (Daniel) Sexton, Lillian Urbanik, and daughter-in-law Ava Urbanik; his beloved six grandchildren Kaylee, Danielle, Faith, Jonathan, Bridgette and Donald; siblings George (Mary) Urbanik, Teresa (Charles) Hayman, Christina (Howard) Webb, Andy (Tina) Urbanik, and sister-in-law Vicki Urbanik. He was preceded in death by his son John David Urbanik, his parents, and brothers Albert George II Urbanik, Joe Urbanik and sister Frances Potter.

Funeral services were held at the Rangley 2nd Ward (125 Eagle Crest St). Nov. 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. Viewing was held an hour prior to service. Burial was at the Rangley Cemetery. Services entrusted by Blackburn and Sons Vernal Mortuary and Cremation Care.

Family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Larchwood Hospice for their kindness and service to John in his last moths.