11/11/1957 - 11/17/2023
Service Date: 11/25/2023
Service Time: 12:30PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel 3572 E. Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234
Visitation Date: 11/24/2023
Visitation Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85297
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park

John Dell Bradshaw was born on November 11, 1957 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was called home on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the age of 66. There to welcome him were his parents, Elton and Roma Bradshaw.

John was raised in Murray, Utah. He was 23 years old when he met the love of his life, Rebecca Sue Neilsen. It was clear from the beginning they were meant to be a family. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on August 13, 1980, and raised four children.

John was a devoted and steadfast member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served faithfully in the North Carolina Mission as a young adult, and was earnest and dutiful in his church callings as a Sunday School teacher, in the Young Men’s program, and as a Scout Leader. He especially loved working with the youth, who thrived under his direction and care.

John was passionate about all aspects of sports – playing, watching, and coaching. He was the star of his football team at Murray High School and was a devoted BYU football fan. He had a large, fun-loving personality and brightened every room with his quick wit and sarcastic humor. He was equally tender-hearted, approachable, and gentle. He enjoyed spending time with his loved ones, whether boating on Lake Powell, golfing with his wife and friends, or showcasing his masterful skills at the grill.

Above all else, John had a deep and unwavering love for his family and friends. He was loyal, dependable, and selfless. He made endless sacrifices to ensure those around him were cared for, and never hesitated to set aside his own needs in the service of others. His greatest joy in life was being a grandfather to his fourteen beautiful grandchildren. He was active and involved in the lives of each of his children and grandchildren, and rarely missed a school performance or sporting event. He was truly their biggest cheerleader and often appeared right on the field or court, coaching the team. He drove them to and from activities as young children, and later, taught them to drive themselves. He was playful and fun, and was the first to cannonball into the pool, play football with his boys at the park, or pack up the boat for a day at the lake.

John was a remarkable husband, father, grandpa, brother, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. His legacy of love and sacrifice will be continued by his wife, Becky; his children, Tori (Kent) Howell, Tyler Bradshaw, Tara (Chris) Patience, and Trent (Juliann) Bradshaw; grandchildren, Austin, Brayden, Kayla, Jayce, Preston, Ashlyn, Colton, River, Beckam, Lincoln, Graham, Theo, Reagan, and Leo; and sister, Linda (Ted) Madsen. Though his service has ended here on earth, we have no doubt that he has now received an important calling in his spiritual existence, and will continue to play a very real and important role in the lives of his family, until we meet again.

There will be a viewing on Friday, November 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Gilbert Memorial Park, located at 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85297. A second visitation will be held Saturday, November 25th beginning at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel located at 3572 E. Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234. Funeral Service will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th. Flowers may be delivered to the funeral home prior to the 5:00 p.m. service.




  • John is a great man and a gentle spirit. I am blessed to share his 5 Howell grandchildren with he and Becky and love and admire them both. He will be greatly missed. His sense of humor and Christlike kindness blessed everyone he knew. Thank you God, for sharing this great man with my family and me. He made us smile, he taught us much on the court or in the kitchen at his knee and we are better people because of his life lessons.
    My love and Prayers are with Becky, her family and their extended family.

  • Rick & Lorna Johnson

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

  • Darrell and Anet Griggs

    Very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing our sincere condolences!

  • John & Carol Jackson

    Dear Bradshaw Family,
    We expect this will happen to us all but we were sadden and shocked to hear about John!
    So sorry I m sure you feel like us it catches us as being to soon! Prayers for your family wish we could hug you and show our love for your family!
    The Jackson Family.

  • So sorry to hear about this. John was a great guy for sure. I enjoyed playing in scrambles with him especially because he could drive the ball so far and I could putt so we usually did pretty well. All the best to Becky and the rest of the family.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I thought the world of John. He was always so kind to me. I wished I could be there to give you a hug right now. My heart breaks for you!

  • Paul & Debbie Tikalsky

    We are so saddened to hear of John’s passing. We have always loved your family and John was such a great influence in the lives of our boys. Our hearts go out to each of you. Please know that you are in our prayers.

    Paul & Debbie Tikalsky

  • Michael Huffaker

    John is a great man! He always made me feel welcome and special. I will miss our conversations. My heart brakes for his loved ones. Until we meet again dear brother.

  • Brother Bradshaw is a light to all who know him. He taught my Sunday school class and always invited the spirit as he taught us how to be more like Christ through his example of love and kindness. He will be missed greatly, but his influence will always be with all of us, especially watching over his beloved family. Sister Bradshaw, I am praying for you and your family. Sending love. <3

  • Dear Becky,
    I just wanted to tell you that I wish I could be there with you. I thought the world of John, he always was so kind and friendly to our family. I remember him being in my Sunday school class, he was always so fun and made us all laugh. He always had the kindest eyes and nicest smile. I have missed you and your family thru the years, I have always felt such warmth and love from you Becky, and I want you to know I will be praying for you. I hope you will be able to feel all our prayers and feel peace and comfort from them. Love you so much Becky. I hope someday soon we can see each other again.
    Your friend always, Wendy Furse♥️

  • Becky, I’m so sorry to hear about John! Such a hard time for you and your family! I pray that you will have comfort in the Plan of Salvation and the opportunity to be together again as a family!

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