1953 – 2021
Byron “Lynn” Tuttle passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, after a courageous eleven-year battle with prostate cancer. Her death came after a magical Christmas weekend with her family, for which we are eternally grateful. He faced his fight with faith and dignity, and he never lost his sense of humor and his love of life.
Papa was born to Dean Lindley and Ann Adamson Tuttle on August 12, 1953 in Spanish Fork, Utah. He joined two adored older sisters, DeAnn and Marie, who provided love and wonderful examples. He had a wonderful childhood. Dad regularly joined his dad (Grandpa Dean) on a Meadow Gold Dairy milk route, through which dad developed many friendships in small family-owned grocery stores in southern Utah County. With his father as a Boy Scout leader and friends from the Palmyra Stake Tenth Ward by his side, Dad made some wonderful memories of Scouting and won his Eagle Scout Award.
Grandpa Dean died when dad was only 16, and dad grew up fast as a result. He was hired by his uncle Bert Hansen to hoe beets, clean ditches and transport hay. Dad continued in his father’s tradition of buying and raising steers and hogs while working part time for Meadow Gold Dairy. He was proud to have helped maintain the backyards of the house he and his mother lived in as well as his grandparents’ backyards and the family’s rental units. This tireless energy and work ethic accompany him throughout his life. He could always be found fixing a roof, chopping wood, or working somewhere in a yard. It was often said, “If Lynn isn’t overworked, he finds something else to do.”
He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1971. Even though he was very ill, he proudly attended his 50th class reunion last July. After graduating from high school, he attended Brigham Young University. From 1973 to 1975, Dad served a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Texas Mission (now the Texas Dallas Mission). This service was a highlight in her life and a true blessing.
On February 18, 1977, Dad married Mary Jane Hanson in the Provo Temple. At the start of their marriage, Dad was simultaneously studying finance at BYU, was fully employed at Meadow Gold, built homes with Curtis Young Construction, and was the proud owner of 500 pigs. Ultimately, he would focus primarily on his journey as a “milk man” for Meadow Gold. His career path from loading dock worker to delivery driver to salesperson to general manager has taken him across Utah (Orem, Richfield, Salt Lake City). In 1988, Dad moved his young family to Boise, Idaho, where he served as Director of Sales and General Manager. The circle came full circle when he returned to Utah in 1997, as general manager of the Orem ice cream factory, general manager of Utah and regional vice president for Dean Foods. He found wonderful lifelong friends everywhere he went.
Never one to slow down or hesitate to dig in the dirt, dad’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found a side business, L&L Campground Management, which helped the US Forest Service maintain campgrounds in across the United States. This gave her growing family countless opportunities to camp and work very, very hard.
Dad had great faith and a deep desire to learn and teach. He enjoyed learning more about history and the scriptures as his teaching style made him somewhat of a celebrity as a gospel doctrinal teacher in his local wards. His Church service included additional callings as Young Men president, ward and stakes counselor and counselor, employment specialist, ward missionary, episcopal counselor, BYU teacher, bishop of Provo YSA and counselor to the branch president at the Provo Missionary Training Center. He loved to serve, and he loved to share his time, his knowledge, his house, his favorite restaurant… everything!
Despite everything that happened, dad always had time for his family. He considered his family to be his greatest treasure. Dad continued to help his mother maintain her home and yard throughout her life, and the bond they shared (with her sister Marie) was very special. He was always there for his children. He very rarely missed one of our many ball games or recitals and supported us in everything we did. Despite his five kids’ constant insistence on picking a favorite, Dad has stayed true to his guns by saying he loves his kids the same. And he would do (and did) absolutely anything for any of us. But daddy played the favorites; his beloved wife “MJ” was the light of his life. Mom and Dad were always slowly dancing in the kitchen or giggling on a dangerous (almost irresponsible) jeep ride in the mountains. We constantly marvel at how two people can maintain the ‘puppy love’ stage of their relationship for so many years (over 51 to be exact). He was in love. Mom was there by her side through good and bad times, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for her.
Dad loved old movies, rock music, BYU sports, and a juicy steak. His passion for life was contagious and lives on through those whose lives he touched. He was a dreamer and a doer. A force of nature. Above all, he was a great man. The impact he has had on others is immeasurable and we will love him forever.
Dad is survived by Mary Jane – Orem; Sister Marie Tuttle – Orem; and children and grandchildren, whom he loved very much, Matthew Lynn (Kathryn) – Deacon, Kyla, Aurianna – Lehi; Jeffrey Dean (Jessica) – Dean, Viktoria – Sandy; Mark Lindley – Spanish Fork; Bradley Hanson (Mallory) – Ellis, Byron, Marigold – Orem; and Shannon Marie (Weston) Gadd – Sloane – West Jordan; also, in-laws Shirley Daley-Sandy; Duane (Phyllis) Hutchings Spanish Fork; and Boyd (Diana) Hanson Novato, California.
He was predeceased by his father, mother, sister DeAnn Tuttle, father and stepmother Mark and Sadie Hanson, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and step-siblings. Dad was especially anxious to kiss his father at their long-awaited reunion and to be hugged by the Savior.
The Tuttle family would like to express their gratitude to family, friends (especially Richard, Steve and John for the weekly movie visits), former colleagues and associates and members of the ward for eleven years of prayer, concern , service and support. We are grateful for the excellent medical care of many doctors and caregivers, including, but not limited to, Dr. Ronald Oldroyd; Dr Ashish Kamat and Dr Paul Corn, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Dr Neeraj Agarwal and staff, Huntsman Cancer Institute, SLC, Utah; and Monique and Corey, Symbii Hospice.
Dad has contributed financially to cancer research and has been a pioneer, participating in clinical trials and other drug and DNA studies. Causes dear to Dad’s heart, if you are considering donating, include: Dr. Neeraj Agarwal Research, GU Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute, SLC, UT; Dr Paul Corn Research, GU Oncology, MD Anderson, Houston, TX; or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund.
Friends and family can visit Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, Utah on Friday, January 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Windsor Stake Center, 60 East 1600 North, Orem, Utah, before Dad’s funeral, which will be at 11:00 a.m., at the Stake Center. Interment will be in Spanish Fork City Cemetery, 420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork.
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Dad, your work clothes are worn out. Put them aside, leave your tired body and fly! Be joyful, free and at peace until we meet again.
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