John David Gephart, 61, passed away Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in Mesa, Arizona. He was born April 21, 1960, in Mesa and was a lifelong resident of Chandler.
John graduated from Chandler High School in 1978. After high school he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he learned to speak Spanish and developed a strong love of the people.
John worked for many years in the construction and microchip manufacturing industries, where he earned a reputation as a reliable employee and coworker. He was known for making friends with whomever he met and will be remembered for his sense of humor and infectious laugh.
John was a lover of history and was extremely well read in the subject. He was an avid collector of books and wargame miniatures. He was an expert with firearms and enjoyed hunting and target shooting – activities he loved to share with others.
John’s cheerful personality and sense of humor made him a favorite among family members — especially his nieces and nephews. He loved to talk about books, movies, history, and recount the many hunting trips he took with his father and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Jean Rood and Nelda Watkins Gephart. He is survived by his brother Robert (Rebeca) and his sister Linda Castillo (Merril), and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 10am, with a viewing at 9am, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ray 2nd Ward, 1115 E. Ray Road, Chandler, Arizona. Interment at Mesa Cemetery will follow. Arrangements are being handled by Bunker Family Funerals, Mesa, Arizona.