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Kanosh Band Building
Friday June 17th, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Oak City 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday June 18th, 2016

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Oak City 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday June 18th, 2016
9:00am - 10:45am

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Oak City 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday June 18th, 2016

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Chet H Finlinson

Oak City, Utah – Our amazing and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle & friend passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 13, 2016 of a rare degenerative brain disease – Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).


Chet was born on May 30, 1960 in Delta, Utah.  He was the first child of Jerald “A” & Carol H. Finlinson.  He grew up in Denver, Colorado, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Santa Fe, New Mexico where he learned through many different experiences.  While attending Santa Fe High School, he was involved in the marching band and was able to go to Spain with them.  While a teenager, he loved to skateboard, downhill ski and began to gain a great love for rappelling and mountain climbing.  After graduating, he went to work at the Park City Ski Resort.  He then served an LDS mission in London England.  After returning, he met his true love, Joan Lovell.  As she served her mission in Mexico, Chet faithfully waited for her while working and attending Utah Valley Technical College.  They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on September 12, 1985.


Chet will be remembered as a hard worker, a good friend to all he met, and as an avid outdoorsman.  He loved being outside, no matter what the weather.  He enjoyed cross country and downhill skiing, snow shoeing, rappelling, mountain climbing, zip line/high line, mountain biking and hiking.  Chet took great pleasure in summiting Fool Creek Peak at least once a week and sometimes multiple times a week.  For the last 20 years he has relished his time on the Millard County Rope Rescue Team.  He had many talents and hobbies that he shared freely. To name a few, calligraphy, anything construction, auto mechanics which he taught his boys lovingly, snakes, harmonica playing and anything guns.  Chet attended the Colorado School of Trades where he earned his Gunsmithing degree.


Chet sincerely loved his family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He has faithfully served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in many positions and has had a great influence on others which include as a missionary, great home teacher, ward clerk for 2 Bishoprics, in Young Men and Scouting as well as in Primary where his classes loved his storytelling. 


Chet was preceded in death by his mother Carol and brother James.  He leaves behind his loving wife Joan, children; Falkon (Emily), Aubrie (Alden) Evans, Kamron (Mikaela), Kolton, Lincoln and grandson James.  Father; Jerald (Janet) Finlinson. Siblings; Rick (Abbie), Loreen (Richard) Chisholm, Carmen (Mike) Henrie and adopted siblings; Diecilia, Butolia, Peter and Ricardo.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 11:00a.m. at the Oak City LDS Church.

Viewings will be held at the church on Friday 6-8p.m. and Saturday 9-10:45a.m.  Burial will follow in the Oak City Cemetery.


Donations to help with medical & funeral expenses and to help the family can be made at Zion’s Bank Chet Finlinson donation account or the Chet Finlinson Medical Expenses gofundme account  https://www.gofundme.com/2aujsass

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I am so very sorry to hear of Chet's passing. He was my neighbor in Santa Fe for sometime. I remember seeing him and walking home from school together sometimes. My condolences to him family. !! May he Rest in Peace!

JoAnn Vasquez from Santa Fe NM Apr 20 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Henrie family,

We are sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, Carmen. We're sure he will be missed in your family. In reading about his life, wow, what an adventurous life he has lived! He truly has nurtured and appreciated nature and this beautiful world and all it had to offer. We are thinking about you at this time.

The Newey Family

Newey Family Jun 20 2016 12:00 AM

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A WATER COLOR WREATH was sent on June 16, 2016

All our love, Chisholm Family, Henrie Family, and Rick Finlinson Family

Expression of Sympathy Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Joan and Family

I loved Chet so much. He was so kind and a friend to everyone he met.
As I have said before and many times I've have spoken in church meetings. Telling everyone what an awesome home teacher Chet was. Many times we sat in front of our Oak City home, Chet telling us about his sweetheart on her mission. He love you so much Joan and his family.
I send my Love and am grateful for Chet.
Rene Davis.

Rene Davis Jun 15 2016 12:00 AM