Jack Wittwer, 87, of Lebanon passed away peacefully on
Thursday, September 28 of natural causes. He was born to John Hyrum and Anna Vilate
(Syphus) Wittwer on March 15, 1919 in Vernal, Utah. At two years of age, he moved
with his parents to St. Thomas, Nevada (now under the North end of Lake Mead)
where his mother died shortly after he turned three. Thereafter he lived with
many different families and attended school in numerous Southern Nevada communities
including St. Thomas, Bunkerville, Mesquite, Overton, and Las Vegas, where he
graduated from high school.
After a courtship of 6 1/2 years, he married
his high school girlfriend, Lenore Robison, on May 5, 1941 at her parents' home
in Overton, later sealed in the Ogden Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Immediately following graduation from the University of Nevada
Reno in 1942, Jack went into the US Army where he served four years, participating
in the WWII amphibious invasions of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, and Okinawa, a Captain
at wars end. Jack's life work was with the Federal Land Bank of Berkeley in California
(now AgriBank) making long-term first mortgage loans to farmers and ranchers in
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. He was Senior Vice-President when
Each year after the war, Jack and Lenore grew, harvested, and
shared vegetables and fruits in their back yard. He received his Master Gardener's
certificate from Utah State University. Jack and Lenore were very knowledgeable
of and followed all major sporting events and were avid outdoor people... fishing,
camping, RVing, wildlife watching, etc. He was a member of the High Priest Quorum
of Oak Forest First Ward in Layton, Utah before moving to Sweet Home, Oregon.
Jack is survived by daughter, Celia and husband Gary Vernier of Layton,
Utah; son, John Richard and wife Mirja of Sweet Home, Oregon; brother, Glade and
wife Phyllis of Alexandria, Virginia; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife of 62 years, Lenore; his parents; step-mother,
Della Outzen Wittwer and his sisters, Fern Goodman and Fae Stewart.
service will be held at 4:30 pm on October 7, 2006 at Logandale Nevada Cemetery,
with viewing at 3:00 pm at Moapa Valley Mortuary, 5090 N. Moapa Valley Blvd. Logandale,
Workman & Steckly Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.