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John Elbert Mueller
April 5, 1937 ~ Sept. 5, 2018
John Elbert Mueller, 81, of Jensen, Utah, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, surrounded by many of his family members. John was born April 5, 1937, near London, Ark., on the family farm to Zoe Viney and Earl Burgess Mueller. John married his wife Judy Schulz in Wolf Point, Mont., on Feb. 5, 1971.
John began his career in the oilfield in 1955 in Sterling, Colo., working for Hayden and Griff Well Servicing Company. He worked for Phillips Petroleum in the drilling department in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas from 1956 through 1958. From 1959 trough 1964 he worked for Rangely Well Services, Peacock Well Services and Baker Well Service as a rig superintendent in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. He was promoted to an area superintendent in Riverton, Wyo., and later became general manager in Casper, Wyo.
In May 1979, he became vice president and general manager of fields operations for Pennant Service Company. In January 1987, he began working as a rig and drilling superintendent for BC Wells Service primarily on geothermal wells in California. John returned to Rock Springs, Wyo., in 1992, and worked as area manager for Dunbar Well Service and Leed Energy. John finished his oilfield career in 2012 at the age of 75, working for Alliance Well Service in Rangely, Colo.
John is survived by his wife, Judy, of Jensen, Utah; daughter, Sheri Thompson of Billings, Mont.; daughter, Teri Crimm (Dave) of Grand Junction, Colo.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Sept. 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Blackburn & Sons Vernal Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to the Hope Lodge, (375 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111). You can go on line and send condolences to the family at www.blackburnvernalmortuary.