Johnny Chatterley

Johnny Oriente Chatterley passed away peacefully on May 21, 2023. Johnny is home grown, born and raised in Kanab, Utah to Marton Cloyd Chatterley and Gloria Mary Zaccardi on May 11, 1954.  He is survived by his wife Marilyn. His children Tesha (MaCade), Matt (Janae), Matthew Williams, Michael Williams (Amber), and Megan Becker.  His grandkids Krishann (Tyson), Ceanna (Kristian), Kayla (Trevon), Alicia, Oriente, Karley, Kayden, Brady and Sophie June.  His great grandkids Haigen, Kaydence, Maddison, Haizley, Maizee, Brailee, Maji, Tadashi and Noah. His siblings Vicky, Tony (Linda), Ronda (Dale), Cloyee (Steve), Georgia (Ernie), Carrie (Tyler), and Cloyd (Michelle).  Johnny is preceded in death by his parents and brother Robbie.

Johnny graduated from Kanab High School in 1972, he had many jobs throughout his life working in the mines and clear cutting in Alaska; working for the Kaibab National Forest clear cutting and fighting fire; welding; CNC machine shop; and construction.  He was an extra in the movie Duel of Diablo and won an award in high school as best actor.  Best of all Johnny loved to be outside.  He was an avid hiker and spent most of his summers in the Grand Canyon, he would practice his martial art, he loved hunting and camping. In his forties he volunteered for a river guiding trip and would tell many stories about his experience.

Johnny was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He served in the church as Sunday School President. He and Marilyn served a two-year service mission for the Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Program. He loved genealogy and temple work, spending many hours preparing names and taking them to the temple to perform the ordinances.  He had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He testified often of his knowledge of God the Eternal Father, his son Jesus Christ and his atonement.  He knew Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration and he loved the Lord.

Funeral service and viewing will be held 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the Kanab Stake Center, 20 West Center Street.  With a viewing from 11:00 to 11:45 prior to the funeral. Burial in the Kanab Cemetery.

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  1. Nancy Merrell May 23, 2023 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Johnny has been a part of our life from the time we moved to Kanab and were ministers (visiting teachers and home teachers) to his mom, brother and him. I loved it when Johnny would give the prayers during our visits. His prayers were so sincere and were could always feel the spirit. He always made us feel so welcome and loved when we would e him out and about and in church. We will miss him. Our love and prayers go out to Marilyn and his family.

  2. Linda clark May 24, 2023 at 2:31 am - Reply

    So sorry to read about Johnny! Just know our prayers are with you!

  3. Dennis Judd May 24, 2023 at 2:58 am - Reply

    My good friend John! Grew up just thru the block with John and his family! I always admired him and his life he lived and loved! Going to miss that guy! Love you brother! Happy trails❤️👍

  4. LoRal Linton May 24, 2023 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Childhood friend and neighbor. Spent many summer days hiking Kanab’s Red hills with he and brother Robby. Sorry to hear of his passing. May the comforter be with his family.

  5. Juli May 25, 2023 at 6:20 am - Reply

    John turned his life sround many yrs ago and became very active in the LDS church he and Marilyn were so happpy. Marilyn bless u and our prayers are with u and urs.

    • Bennalee May 27, 2023 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      My dear sweet cousin you have been called home, “well done, my good and faithful servant”, will tickle your ears upon your reuniting with our Savior and God in Jesus the Son!!

      Rest in peace my dear friend, watch over us with all the angels and saints.

      Thank you Lord for the kindness John showed others, may we learn from his example.

  6. Kerry Riggs May 25, 2023 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know Johnny (That’s how we knew him in school) real well growing up because he was a North Warder and we lived in the South Ward. But I did get to know him after high school in Salt Lake and back in Kanab. When you share connections with someone from kindergarten on you feel a closeness to them beyond what most people have! I have nothing but great memories of John from the movies and three lakes and growing up. My heart goes out to Marilynn! He will be missed by all. I am happy for the time I got to spend with him! See you on the other side.

  7. Robin Hamblin March 20, 2024 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    John could do pull-ups like no one I’ve ever seen. One after another after another. We had a climbing rope in the elementary school and he was the only one that could climb it without the use of his legs. Arms only. I was quite a bit bigger than him and when he and several other boys in shop class we’re doing arm wrestling and he was beating them all, I thought I’d give him a try. And even though his arm had to have been tired from all of the previous bouts, it only took him about 2 seconds to put my hand on the table. It seems like he was always getting into trouble but I wouldn’t have had it any other way because that’s what made Johnny, Johnny. After High School, we were both in an EMT qualifying class together and grew to learn a lot about him during those couple of weeks. I asked him why he was taking the class and he said he just sounded like something he would enjoy doing. A few weeks before he died, he came home and shared a new song that he had heard with Marilyn. Marilyn asked me if I would sing it at the funeral and of course, having grown up with him and being in the same class from kindergarten through graduation, I was honored to do so. It was a song I had never heard before but I told Marilyn I would search for it on the internet and have it ready. It has since become one of my favorite songs ever. His quiet and gentle manner will be with me for the rest of my life.

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