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John Elmer Tuttle

April 20, 1963 — April 19, 2024

Oceanside, CA

John Elmer Tuttle, 60, of Oceanside, California passed away in his sleep on Friday, April 19, 2024 in Shipwreck Mexico after a relaxing day of surfing and enjoying some tacos that evening with his surf buddy and friend Michael.

John was born April 20, 1963 in Provo, Utah to Floyd Tuttle and Merilyn Johnson Tuttle. He lived in Mapleton, Utah as a small child surrounded by his extended family and his 5 siblings Bob, Cheryl, Marla, David and LuAnn who adored him. When his family moved to Southern California, he discovered his talents to skateboard, ride his bikes that he fixed up from scratch and eventually was introduced to the sport that would be his passion of surfing. He learned to work hard and was good with his hands learning the masonry trade from his brothers and father.

He was married to Johnna Saponaro Tuttle from August 3, 1991 to October 2003, and had four children Jesse, Jenna, Taylor Ann and Tristan. He adored his children and cherished every moment he could spend with them.

He was an artist in brick work and landscaping. During the last number of years, John has worked with his brother Bob to build Bob's house from the ground up and landscape Bob's property. John lived in Southern California for most of his life, enjoying the warm weather, the beach, surfing and sailing.  He was living his dream on his sailboat just steps from the beach in the Oceanside Harbor Marina until the time of his death. His love of surfing, lead him to start shaping surfboards, becoming one of the most skilled board shapers in Southern California. His artistic flair combined with his impeccable eyes for detail resulted in his designing and shaping his own line of Tuttle surfboards.

He was a loving father, son and sibling. He had a kind and generous gentle heart.

John is survived by his former wife, Johnna and his four children: Jesse, Jenna, Taylor Ann, Tristan and two granddaughters along with four of his five siblings. He was preceded in death by his Father, Floyd Tuttle, his mother Merilyn Johnson Tuttle and his brother David Johnson Tuttle.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 10:30 am being held at the White chapel 31 W. Maple Mapleton, Utah (the corner of Main and Maple). Graveside burial will be held in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery directly following the Funeral Services.


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