November 15, 2006
John Richard Provines, or Jp as many of his friends knew him, age 42, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 after a courageous battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. John was born in Palm Beach, Fla., but raised in Los Altos, Calif. and Sherborn, Mass. by his parents, Joe and Diana Provines.
After graduating from UCLA, John traveled the world. He spent many years in Europe, teaching skiing in the winter in Kitzbuhl, Austria, and tennis in the summer in Munich, where he became fluent in German. While living in Salt Lake City, in 1999, he met his future wife, Alison Marie Roth, through mutual friends. He moved back to the Bay Area to be with her and they married in Jamaica in 2003.
After his diagnosis, they moved to Park City, where they have lived for the past two and a half years. They have two beautiful sons, Jake Roth Provines, three, and Garrett John Provines, 14 months, and a dog, Marley, all of whom he loved dearly.
John is survived by his loving wife and sons; his mother, Diana of Park City; his father, Joe of Los Altos, Calif.; his grandfather Peter Ferro and his wife Margaret of Granite City, Ill., his brother Brian and his son, Mitchell, of Park City; his brother Todd and wife Anna Marie and their daughter, Fiona, of Los Altos, Calif., his brother Connor and sister Alexandra, both also of Los Altos. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and many, many friends in the states and in Europe. He was fun-loving, strong-willed and lived life to its fullest. His death leaves a hole in many hearts, and his strength and endurance will be remembered for years to come.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Hotel Park City on Friday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John Provines Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, or sent to either of the two wonderful organizations that helped his family during the past few years; ALS Clinic c/o Dr. Mark Bromberg, University of Utah, 30 North 1900 East, School of Medicine, 3R152 Salt Lake City, Utah 84132; or MDA, 4560 South Highland Dr. Suite 180, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to IHC Home Care in Heber, and the Park City Fire Department for taking such special care of Jp during the last year.