John Seely Zemanek Jr. of Cedar City, Utah, returned home to his Heavenly Father at the age of 57 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in the loving arms of his wife. John courageously battled esophageal cancer for the past 11 months. He was born on a sunny day, December 20, 1962 in Harbor City, California, as the first son of John Seely Zemanek Sr. and Saundra Lee Elder. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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John was a rambunctious child, wild with energy. Because his dad had a love of baseball, he was given the nickname “Slugger” that stayed with him all his life. He loved creating science experiments with his father, that included making homemade pyrotechnics, going to the shooting range, learning how to re-load ammunition, hunting and baseball. He loved surfing, boogie-boarding, family boating trips to Lake Havasu, water skiing, skateboarding, family trips to Big Bear, dirt biking and was a talented, self-taught guitar player. At the age of 18, he traveled to Lima, Peru for 2 years, where he learned to speak Spanish. In his later years, he was happiest on a Harley with his wife.
John attended Evan's Hairstyling College and later became a successful truck driver, traveling all over the United States.
John met his sweetheart Laurie Joyce Winn and they were married on January 29, 1999, in Cedar City, Utah.
John is survived by his wife Laurie Zemanek, and his children: John Zemanek III (Isabel), Danelle Sorsch, Frank Zemanek, Madison Zemanek, stepchildren Tausha (Tyler) Barney, Lila (Paden) Prentice, his grandchildren Alyvia, John IV, Maria Ana and Landon, whom is soon to be born. He is also survived by his siblings: Caren (Robert) Cantu, Carla (Gary) McGavin, Frank (Lorrie) Zemanek, Ron Zemanek, Lori Clark, Leia Bryant and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Garrett and the nurses with IHC hospice for the loving care that was received. Also, special thanks to the Bishopric and Relief Society of the Cedar City 15th ward for their love and service.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Affordable Funeral Services at 2002 N. Main St. #7, Cedar City, Utah 84721.