John Francis Howells, Jr., 79, died July 30, 1980 in Indio, Calif. He was an active member and past president of the of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.

Born April 30, 1901 in Salt Lake City to John F. and Annie M. Murley Howells. Married Josephine Stewart, March 29, 1934 [in] Salt Lake City.

Retired general agent, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Co. Former captain and halfback on the University of Utah football team. One of the first U. of U. players to be named all-American. Member of the SUP Centennial Trekkers in 1947.

Survivors: son, John F. III, Newport Beach, Calif.; daughter, Mrs. Michael S. (Jodie) Purpura, Indio, Calif.; nine grandchildren; brothers, Stephen D. and Dan, both Salt Lake City.

Funeral was held in Indio, Calif.

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