Don W WintertonAugust 4, 1941 ~ May 21, 2017 (age 75)
Don W Winterton, 75, of Roosevelt, Utah, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the home of his son, Mark Winterton in Ioka.
Don was born in Roosevelt, Utah on August 4, 1941, the third son of Van Delos and Nida Willoughby Winterton. Of his childhood, he said he spent many happy hours playing cowboys, riding horses, and was extremely fond of trucks. He said “I suppose it is the latter which has led me into the various jobs I have held. Many happy hours were spent in the garden with toy Tonka trucks and bulldozers where roads connected the tomato plants with the carrots and ¾” pipes served as culverts to cross over the furrows.” He fulfilled his childhood love of building roads, and some of his happiest hours were spent working with the men of Jones and DeMille Engineering, building roads for Duchesne County.
Don also had many other loves: he served as a teacher in many different capacities. He taught at Central Junior High in Idaho Falls and was a High School History teacher at Union High in Roosevelt, but his favorite subject was studying and teaching the Gospel. He taught Sunday School many times, but his most important students were at home, where he taught his children of his love for the Lord. He also taught them many other subjects, from ranching to construction to carpentry work, which he was especially good at. He was very detail oriented, and taught that a job worth doing needed to be done right. He was a perfectionist in the best way, and taught his children to have the patience to do things correctly, for example, besides building his own home, he made several sets of cabinets for some of his children’s homes and also taught them the skills to make their own.
Don loved to sing, and was known to break out into song at any moment, singing funny made up tunes his children loved to hear, or verses from some of the musicals he had performed in, such as “Oklahoma” or “My Fair Lady”. He loved to take long road trips and would often take one or two children with him on different occasions that involved work but were also wonderful opportunities to have quality time together.
Don raised registered Herefords and farmed with his father and then later with his sons, and also served as a bus driver and a truck driver for many years. At one time, Don worked for Idaho Travertine where he cut the beautiful stone facing the Idaho Supreme Court Building in Boise. He often held two or three or more jobs and taught his children to work hard, to stay out of debt and to pay their way in society.
Don served a 2 ½ year mission in Hong Kong for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved teaching the gospel in China, and had a strong testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that we are the children of a loving Father in Heaven. He made life-long friends on his mission. Upon his return he attended and graduated from BYU. He married Barbara Jeanne Wayman (Bobbi) in Salt Lake LDS Temple on November 27, 1963. They are the parents of nine children: Alicia (Kris) Bird, Salmon, ID, Michael (Rachelle) Winterton, Tombstone, AZ, Shauna (Steve) Haney, Hooper; Lianne (Aaron) Ames, Roosevelt; Kristine (Frank) Ori, Helper; Steven (Deena) Winterton, Roosevelt; Mark (Lindzee) Winterton, Ioka; Robert (Mirina) Winterton, Iowa City, IA, and Jeffrey (Amanda) Winterton, Vernal.
Don served as a bishop in the LDS Church, along with many other callings and was currently serving as a facilitator for the Self Reliance Program for the Roosevelt West Stake, a calling he loved. His relationships with the Lord and his family were the most important things in life to him. He truly loved his family and friends and was dedicated to serving others. In 2016 he received the Lifetime Service Award from the Utah Water Users Association, but most of his good works were done quietly and without fanfare. Even in sickness he was sweet and kind and his sense of humor kept those around him at ease. He was a great example to us all, and he will be so missed, but we know he is being welcomed with open arms on the other side by his loving parents, whom he also greatly missed, and other family members.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bobbi, of 53 years, his nine children, his sister Diane (Bill) Cook of Overton, NV, and brothers Eldon of Salt Lake and Keith (Vivian) of Roosevelt. He is “Granddad” to 36 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one grandson, Ephraim Ames.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at the Roosevelt West Stake Center, 50 South Skyline Drive, where visitations will be held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday from 9-9:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Charleston Cemetery near Heber City at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be shared at www.hullingermortuary.com