March 28, 1929 ~ August 13, 2022
The. Best. Dad. Ever. Donald Wintle returned to the waiting arms of his loving wife, Lareen, in the early morning hours Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the age of 93.
Dad was born March 28, 1929, at the family home in Taylor, Utah. He was the 10th child of Albert E. and Jane Welch Wintle. It was on the farm in Taylor where he learned the value of hard work and the importance of family traditions, which he carried with him throughout his life. These traditions brought the most joy to him and his family. Dad loved his parents, siblings, the way he was raised, the life he had growing up on the farm and his many adventures.
Dad’s biggest and favorite adventure began on a destined day in 1950 as he went into town. On this special day, he met and was smitten with the love of his life, Lareen Bachman. They were sealed in the Logan Utah Temple.
Dad served honorably in the Korean War, stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco, as a Military Policeman. Mom told us, “They only chose the cutest and the tallest to be MP’s.” He also loved his time as a Captain of the South Ogden volunteer fire department where he served for 25 years. He exceled and was highly respected as a plumber by trade. His expertise, creative thinking and knack for anything mechanical amazed his peers and family. Many individuals and especially family, have and continue to benefit from his skills. He could and did, build and create anything and everything.
Although dad had many worldly and professional accolades; the greatest blessing, his greatest achievement, the thing that brought a tear to his eye or a tickle in his throat with a mere mention and what he made the highest priority, was his family. He was blessed with five daughters and one son, Debbie (Al, Chris) Watrin Nicholas, Donette Wilde, Christine (Roland) Whitesides, Wendy (Joey) Hill, Elizabeth Ann (Paul) Bowden and David Donald. He taught his girls to be independent and strong women and considered and treated the men they married as his own. The only way he and his best friend and only son, David Donald, were able to survive a house full of women was by going on many manly adventures together.
Mom and Dad were the happiest when they were spending time with their family. We will always cherish the memories we have of when we were with them either boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling or going on many family vacations in their motorhome. We firmly believe as mom and dad do, that a family that plays together stays together.
Dad was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was always willing to serve. He was a very generous neighbor and constantly sought to help out those around him. His example of love and service will live on through his family. He will always be our pillar of strength and his influence will carry on for generations.
Dad is survived by his daughters, sons-in-law, 21 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews as well as his furry and faithful companion, Katie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lareen; son, David Donald; sons-in-law, Alvin Watrin and Chris Nicholas; granddaughter, Gentry Lareen Hill; grandson, Jordan Don Whitesides; great granddaughters, Piper and Tilly Ashworth; parents, Albert Enos and Jane Welch Wintle; and sisters, Marie, Alberta, Annie, Carolina, and Wanda; and brothers, George, Elias, Albert and Lester.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Burch Creek 5th Ward, 4955 Adams Avenue, Ogden. Friends may visit with family on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
A special thanks to those neighbors who showed special consideration for our parents. Thank you for the compassion and kindness that was shown by Aimee and the amazing staff at Beehive Homes of Syracuse.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the City of Hope, in memory of his son, David Donald Wintle at www.cityofhope.org or mail donations to City of Hope, Attn Annual Giving, 1500 East Duarte Rd Duarte CA 91010 or your favorite charity.