June 17, 1936 — May 12, 2022

Joseph Alisa Sears, Jr., 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was born June 17, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Joseph Alisa and Evelyn Fay Sears.

On December 30, 1958, Joe married Irene Cash, the marriage was then solemnized at Logan LDS Temple on April 17, 1964. Irene died on July 15, 1981 of cancer. Joe and Irene were the proud parents of one daughter, Cindy, and five sons, Blair, Brent, Brian, Blake and Burke.

He is a graduate of Weber High School and Weber Jr. College. He also attended the University of Utah.

Joe enlisted in the US Army in January 1955. He loved sports, and while in Germany he was able to play basketball and softball. His company’s softball team won the European Championship.

Joe retired from the US government on January 3, 1995, after serving 31 years as a tax manager for the IRS and three years in the US military.

His children grew up playing sports. One of his favorite activities was coaching his children when they played little league sports or church sports. If he was not a coach, he was always present at their games or other activities.

Joe loved the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions, many being ward clerk, ward Sunday School president, bishop’s counselor, stake high counselor, stake Sunday School counselor and faithful home teacher.

Joe was lucky to have a second love in his life. On October 20, 1982, he married Gayle Smith in the Ogden Temple. Gayle brought three other wonderful children into her life, a son, Kelly, and two daughters, Kristina and Kori Ann.

Joe and Gayle continued their church service, which included missionary missions. Their favorite assignment was a two-year call in downtown Ogden. Joe has always said that Gayle was his best partner in missionary work and as a home teaching companion.

Joe and Gayle loved to travel. Some of the locations visited were Hawaii, Europe, China, Canada, Mexico and Cancun. They followed their pioneering path from beginning to end. They visited the graves of all the church presidents. They also visited the graves of all their ancestors.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Sears; children, Blair Sears, Brent Sears, Brian Sears, Blake Sears, Burke Sears and Cindy Sears; stepchildren, Kelly, Kristina and Kori Ann; and his sister, Faye Applonie. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Sears, and his wife, Irene Cash.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends can visit family on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the morgue. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

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