Gerald Max Finch

Gerald Max Finch



Gerald Max Finch left mortality on October 7, 2017, surrounded by family on his farm in West Mountain. He was born November 1, 1929, in Goshen, Utah to Robert E. and Vera LeBaron Finch.  He loved the Lord, his family, and giving service to others.


He loved living and working on the farm he grew up on.  He later returned to the same farm in 1973 with his own family until his passing. Following a three-year mission to Finland, he married his sweetheart Joanne Carlisle in the Salt Lake Temple on May 20, 1954.  He served for two years in the United States Army then finished his schooling at Utah State and BYU.  He had a full and satisfying career working in the Church Educational System for 36 years, including twelve years as an instructor and principal at Payson Seminary.


Gerald enjoyed sports (especially BYU), the outdoors, and fishing with his brothers and family. Family traditions were important.  He loved popping popcorn and bringing smiles to those who came to visit the farm. He also found joy in singing alongside his brothers at many events over the years. He felt blessed to lovingly serve in many church callings, including another mission to Kona, Hawaii with his wife Bonnie (Lupton) whom he married on July 25, 1997, four years following Joanne’s passing. Gerald’s greatest talent was his ability to develop close and long-lasting friendships – to know him was to love him.


Above all, his greatest earthly treasure was family. Gerald is survived by his present wife, Bonnie and 10 children: Marianne (Richard) Tranter, Diane (Mark) Soffe, Janet (Dean) Egbert, James (Sheryl) Finch, Steven (RaeAnne) Finch, Alan (Lori) Finch, Brian (Michele) Finch, Kathryn (Derek) Ballard, Douglas (Jodi) Finch, and Kristine (Michael) Anderson.  Also by his brother David (Sally) Finch and Bonnie’s three children, Dennis (Donna) Price, Kathy (Joel) Cross and Laurie Myers.


He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne, grandson Justin, brothers LeBaron , Robert, Vernon, and sister Helen.  His posterity includes 67 grandchildren and 89 great-grandchildren.


A viewing will take place Friday, October 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 587 S. 100 W. in Payson and prior to the funeral on Saturday, October 14 from 9:30- 10:45 a.m. at the West Mountain LDS Chapel, 5237 W. 10400 S. in Payson. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at the Payson Cemetery.


The family gives special thanks to his lifelong physician and friend, Dr. David Bennion, his personal caregiver Allie Jarvis, and the entire iCare Hospice team who have been so compassionate and caring during his final days.

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  1. I was away on vacation when your Dad’s funeral was held. I hope some of my family expressed to you my love for your Mom and Dad. I wanted to be there to tell you myself, but I couldn’t. I know how proud your parents were (and are) of each of you children, and the love you shared as a family. I love each of you as well. I am sure there was a grand reunion as they were reunited!!! How grateful I am for the Gospel which reassures us of such a reunion, and a life after death which we all look forward to.

  2. Pat Ursulich

    Oh how I love “The Finch Boys,” as my Grandmother Olive L. Greenhalgh called her nephews. My Dad Karl really admired each one and their many childhood adventures. He was always happy to be at the family reunions. Sadly since his death, I haven’t continued. Gerald, Robert & Vernon personally impacted my life by their great examples and works. And how we loved their singing talents. I was blessed to graduate high school with five other second cousins from this family…how many people can say that? May all your loved ones be comforted during this time. What a joyous reunion with sweet Joanne & extended family. Sending my love, Pat Greenhalgh Ursulich

  3. Patsy Hendrickson

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of my dear friend, neighbor, seminary teacher and cousin. I’ll never forget the quartet he sang with, his ready smile, and his infectious laugh. I was blessed to know him and his family for many years. I know he continues to do a great work, and that his children and descendants have a great legacy to carry on. How I wish I could have seen you all again. May God’s greatest blessings be with you always.

  4. Barb Christiansen

    Dear Finch Family
    I have wonderful memories of Gerald’s warmth and kindness. When my husband, Gerry Christiansen taught Seminary, Gerald was the Area Director and he made all the difference in our lives. He was a loving friend and we enjoyed many wonderful visits in Tabiona and Provo. Because of Gerald’s confidence in and love for my husband we were blessed to be a part of the CES and had so many good experiences and happy times. Now they can reminisce together.

  5. Korte Young

    I just stumbled across this obit. Mr. Finch was one of those “old timers” from my youth that I had great respect for. Rest in peace Gerald; you were one of the good guys.

  6. I loved my dear cousin Gerald Finch. He impacted my life so much during the years I served under him in CES. Gerald had the pure love of Christ. He loved all of his fellow man. He was one of my mentors and a choice friend. I loved his delightful sense of humor. If there was ever a man ready to meet his Maker it was Gerald Finch.

    I met your father when our family moved to West Mountain in 1974. Your father was the Stake President and he was truly a wonderful man. The joy taking place of your mom and dad’s reunion. Thank goodness for Forever Families. My sincere condolences
    Lona Rindlisbacher

  8. Jane Ann Hiatt Carr

    Our family loved President Finch! I was so blessed to have him as a seminary teacher, Stake President, Gospel Doctrine Instructor, friend and neighbor. He was such a wonderful influence in my life.
    After I was married, I was blessed to move back to West Mountain as well and have him for a neighbor again. My boys loved to ride their bicycles over to visit him, they always came home with such fun stories.
    His warm smile and firm handshake will be missed.
    May you each find comfort and peace.

  9. It was special to work with Gerald in the CES programs of the Church. Gerald was always gracious and friendly and happy. His sense of humor was contagious and he loved his students and fellow workers. I have many fond memories of our times together. He always made me feel like his best friend and I know many others felt the same way. He will be missed. May the Lord comfort Gerald’s many posterity and confirm to them that he is in Paradise.

  10. Jennett Labrum

    Dear Finch family,
    We are so grateful to have known your husband and father. He was like a second dad to us growing up and we have such fond memories of him and dad telling their seminary and painting adventure stories. We were the grateful recipients of the fruits of your farm on many occasions even after we were married. Mom was always grateful for your dad’s continued friendship even after dad’s passing.
    We send our love and prayers to each of you.

    The Lars Bishop family
    Deaun, Brent, Jennett, Bessie, Tongoi, and Alex