Join George Boone’s Funeral Service via Zoom September 30, 2022 @ 11:00am at the Snowflake Stake Center in Snowflake.
Viewings will be September 29, 2022, 6-8 pm and September 30, 2022, 9:30-11 am also at the Snowflake Stake Center in Snowflake.
George Flake Boone was born May 23, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida, to James Roland and Ruth Flake Boone. He was their 6th child and 6th son. When he was only a few months old he became very ill with pneumonia and the doctor did not think that he would survive. The doctor gave credit to the tender care of his mother and the faith of his parents that he did live. He grew up in a loving family with 9 brothers and 3 sisters. Later another brother was added through adoption. He enjoyed growing up on their 11 acres of wooded land with a creek where he had the freedom to play, wander, hunt, and fish with his siblings.
He went to Brigham Young University immediately following his graduation from high school in May of 1964. After a year at BYU he served a mission in the Western States Mission with headquarters in Denver, Colorado and served in Colorado, New Mexico, and Kansas. After his mission he returned to BYU. While working at the BYU Dairy Product Lab he met and fell in love with Connie Lee Rupp from Meridian, Idaho. They were married on December 27, 1968, in the Salt Lake Temple and both continued their education at BYU where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in History Education in August 1971.
He obtained a job teaching history at Show Low Junior High School in August 1972, so the family with 3 small children moved to Snowflake. Nine more children came to join the family in Snowflake. After teaching for 2 years he decided that he wanted to do something else and was given the opportunity to join 4 Flake Brothers, Dean, Jake, Jed, and Steve, in a pig farm. In 1982 he started his own pig farm, which gave his children opportunities to learn to work. In 1997 he purchased a crane and began using that to earn a living. As he closed up the pig farm, he obtained a contractor’s license and started building, mostly metal buildings, along with running the crane. He really enjoyed working with the crane and meeting many people with lots of different projects.
In the fall of 2005 cancer was discovered in his left eye and in December that eye was removed. He was back to his church calling as bishop and his work with the crane the very next week. He was greatly blessed to have no further treatments or problems with cancer for over 14 years. Then in the spring of 2020 the cancer reappeared on his liver and he had surgery to remove the growth. He was able to continue on with his work and activities until late in the summer of 2022.
He has been always been active in his church and has served in many callings: Bishop, Counselor in a Bishopric, Counselor in a singles branch, High Councilman, High Priest Group Leader, Stake Young Men’s President, Scoutmaster, Teachers Quorum Advisor, Ward Mission Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Primary Teacher, Executive Secretary. He served a mission with his wife in the Philippines Baguio Mission from December 2015 to June 2017 and was a Counselor in the Mission Presidency. He had also served as a worker in the Snowflake Temple. Most recently he has been serving as the Snowflake Stake Patriarch.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, and 12 children: Ben (Becky), Debbie, George (Becky), Leann, Paul, Becky McUne (Daniel), Melinda Price (Nate), Emily Thomas (Wells), Sarah, Stephen, Matthew (Magen), and Jacob (Flavia), and 35 grandchildren. He is also survived by 8 brothers and 3 sisters. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Scout, his parents and 2 brothers.