SARATOGA SPRINGS, UTAH
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Spencer Lowell Oviatt
July 3, 1934-April 26, 2013
Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Spencer Lowell Oviatt, 78, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 26, 2013. He was born July 3, 1934 in Ephraim, Utah to Roy Alonzo and Esther Lillie Oviatt. His family moved to Salt Lake when he was 8 years old. His childhood memories included cleaning trolleys, eating picnic lunches with his father who was a gardener at the U of U, chopping wooden boxes into firewood and selling it door to door in his red wagon and dropping water balloons off downtown high rises.
He attended West High and enlisted in the Air Force. Spence served in Guam during the Korean War. His childhood friends with whom he enlisted were all killed in action. He felt blessed to return home and start a family.
He married Dixie Lee, of Heber, Utah. on Sept. 3, 1965 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. This union was blessed with 4 children. Spencer was proud of their accomplishments and never missed an opportunity to cheer them on in their endeavors.
Spence and Dixie raised their family in Farmington. He owned and operated several small businesses including Lee and Oviatt Mortuary and worked as a handyman. He made many friends within the community and the Navajo Nation.
They retired to Saratoga Springs, Utah where he worked on his hobbies, including restoring "slightly rolled over" cars, woodworking, hand-sewn crafts and collecting and selling antiques. He never met a stranger and was friendly and told a joke to everyone he met.
He was an active member of the LDS Church, and served in many callings. He especially enjoyed Scouting.
Spencer is survived by his best friend and wife of 47 years, Dixie Lee. He was ever attentive to her and felt honored to have her as his wife. He is also survived by his children, Kevin (Jackie) of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Ashley (Eleisha) of Round Rock, Texas, Liz (Tony) Shields of Herriman, Utah and Cindy (Dallas) Helquist of Eagle Mountain, Utah. He has 17 lovely grandchildren whom he loved and adored.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jim and sisters, Doris, Faye and Elda.
Funeral Services for this wonderful man will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Lake Mountain 4th Ward Chapel, 88 W. Harbor Park, Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Viewings will also be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to service.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Lake Mountain 4th Ward.
Interment in Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Riverton, Utah.
Arrangements are with Utah Valley Mortuary, 988 So. 490 W., Pleasant Grove, UT 84062, 801-796-3503.
Condolences may be expressed at www.uvfuneral.com
Published in Farmington Daily Times from May 1 to May 8, 2013