John Melvin Friel, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away suddenly in an automobile accident near Deer Creek in Wasatch County Utah on October 1, 2023. John was on his way to enjoy one of his new retirement hobbies of hunting and camping in the beautiful Utah Mountains.\n\nJohn was born on May 30, 1946 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the second son of Henry Francis Friel and Lucine Elizabeth Knox. John spent his youth growing up in Worcester, MA and in 1956 the family relocated to Winchester, VA where he spent his teen years. He was a proud alumnus of historic John Handley High School. John attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.\n\nJohn married his first and only wife, Sheri Leas Donalson (deceased) in 1974. The two traveled the United States together before settling down in Huntington Beach, CA. In 1985, they welcomed their first and only child together, their daughter Erin Kaylene Friel. They resided in California for over 40 years before moving to the mountains of Herriman, Utah in 2013.\n\nJohn held many prestigious careers in his life time that affording the opportunity to explore some of the more distant regions of the world. John worked for Trane Commercial HVAC Company, Solarhart Solor Water Heating Company based out of Australia and finished up his professional life working for a subdivision of Edison International. He leaves behind many cherished co-workers and lifelong friends.\n\nSurviving family members include Erin Kaylene Friel, Herriman, UT; Margaret Shanower, James Friel (Teresa), Sharon Martin, PA; as well as dozens of nieces and nephews. In addition to family, John leaves a community where his presence was felt at every turn.\n\nJohn was laid to rest next to his beloved wife on October 10, 2023 at Herriman City Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held for John Melvin Friel on Monday October 30, 2023 at Jenkins- Soffe South Valley. 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah.