Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Donald Byron Tuttle returned home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, April 9th, 2020.
Don was born in Springville, Utah on March 30, 1937 to Byron and Emily Strong Tuttle. He married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Groneman on May 21, 1959, and their union was later sealed for eternity in the Manti Temple.
Don graduated from Springville High School where he was a star athlete and excelled in track, football and basketball, though he truly enjoyed any and all sports. Win or lose, the Utes could not have asked for a more devoted and loyal fan than Don, who he fiercely loved, supported and cheered on season after season. His passion for sports was contagious; whether at the stadium or in front of the TV. Anyone near him during a game couldn’t help but share in his excitement. The only thing Don loved more than sports was his family, and was happiest when supporting his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, in their endeavors, sports-related or otherwise. He will always be remembered for his teasing, his mischievous grin, signature catch phrases, and ability to make everyone laugh. His loud voice and presence will forever be missed.
Don loved camping, was a skilled outdoorsman, and an avid fisherman. Over the years he accumulated an impressive collection of fishing rods and reels, which provided his family with their own tackle shop.
Not only was he the life of the party, Dad was also a prime example of perseverance, service, and hard work, characteristics which were developed from a young age helping his dad on the farm. He served his country as a member of the National Guard, worked for the Forest Service, and retired from Geneva Steel after 30 years. Even after retirement, he continued to work for Bart’s Catering while also building and maintaining a full-service roofing business with his sons. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and served in many callings throughout his life including Scout Master, Executive Secretary and Counselor in the Bishopric.
He was a loving husband and attentive to his wife Kathryn to the very end. He always made sure she had fresh flowers so she knew he loved her.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn and their children Leann (Dennis) Beardall, Shellie (Kevin) Knotts, Brian (Gina) Tuttle, Greg (Kim) Tuttle and Kristi Tuttle, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Harold, Earl, Glen, and sister Thelma and grandson Caleb Tuttle.
Don lived a full and exciting life and had a positive impact on all those who knew him and his love, wisdom, and humor will be sorely missed. May his extraordinary example be remembered and his footsteps followed until they lead us back to where we may meet again.
Due to unfortunate current events and the necessity for social distancing, Don’s family will celebrate his life with private services at the Springville Evergreen cemetery, under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wheelermortuaries.com.