Bruce Utter (1953 - 2015)

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Bruce Vincent Utter
September 14, 1953 - March 25, 2015
On the morning of March 25th 2015 at 3:11 am, Bruce Vincent Utter was called home into the Loving arms of His Savior. His wife was by his side, holding his hand. Bruce fought a valiant battle with cancer.
Bruce was born in San Francisco California in 1953 to his parents Dave and Joanne Utter. He was a delightful baby, amazing young man and phenomenal adult. He grew up in the sunset district with his brother and two sisters. Bruce graduated from Lowell High School in SF in 1971. He later attended Heald Business college and followed a career as a service technician.
Bruce had a passion and love of sports. He was forever faithful to his teams. Rarely did you ever see Bruce when he wasn't wearing Giants or 49er gear. He loved supporting his teams. He loved to watch his sports as well as his love to play them.
In 1985 Bruce met the love of his life, Karen Harvey, they met on a blind date. He proposed in 6 weeks, and they married 8 months later. They were soul mates from the beginning. To their union brought three children Jeff, Daniel and Sandy. Bruce was so proud of his family.
Bruce and Karen loved to travel, being spontaneous, they both shared a love of sports, craziness and laughter. Bruce shared his love of sports with his family and had the joy of coaching them all, he coached his wife in softball, his daughter in basketball, and his sons in football and basketball. Bruce was a Royal Ranger commander for years at church, then active several years in 4-H. Many times over the years you could hear his loud boisterous voice announcing various horse shows, yelling at a rodeo, Cheering his kids on in sports, or yelling at the many SF Giants games attended over the years. You always knew where Bruce was. His voice was a legacy
He was a man of honor, a man of faith, a man of his word and a man of integrity.
He worked for Pitney Bowes as a svc tech for over 18 years, then in 1999 he and Karen decided to make a move from Sacramento Ca. to Caldwell Id. Bruce loved to hunt, fish, camp, riding motorcycles, work on cars, building things, riding his horse, tinkering in his garage and being in the country. He worked many jobs while here in Idaho until he found his most favorite one in 2011. He worked at O'Reillys Auto Parts.
Bruce faced his cancer with a zeal and tenacity. He never lost hope and he surprised his doctors many times. They didn't expect him to live as long as he did, but he was a fighter. He had much to live for and he lived it to the fullest. He was given the gift of time to speak life into all who knew him.
One of his greatest joys was the birth of his only grandson Kellen. Bruce was thrilled to have a boy to carry on the family name.
In the last three weeks of his life, Bruce requested to see many of his friends and family. As they came, he spoke life into each one. He had special time with his wife, mom, his sisters and each of his children. He was given the gift of leaving this earth with nothing left unsaid. He was loved and he loved, that is something his family and friends can take with them forever. When he stood before his God, It is certain he heard the words… Well done my good and faithful servant.
Family that proceeded him in death was his grandparents, his uncle Joss Scroggy, Betty Scroggy, His Aunt Marilyn (Taffy) Spindler, Mother in law Mona Harvey, Father in Law Weston Harvey, his cousin Jerry Spindler and his cousin Joe Erling. He is survived by his bride of 29 years Karen Utter, Sons Jeffrey and Daniel, daughter Sandy, Grandson Kellen, mother and father Dave and Joanne Utter, brother Chris Utter and Alice, Sister Debbie Utter, sister Laura Weaver & Duane, brother in law Dean Hoffman & Kathy, brother in law Dennis Harvey & Stacie, Sister in Laws Linda Brown & Susan Montiel. Plus countless nieces, nephews and cousins that he loved and adored. Bruce leaves a huge void in the hearts of all who loved him, and we are all forever changed because he was a part of our lives. Rest well beautiful man, Rest well
Bruce's Celebration of life will be on Saturday May 2nd 2015 at 11:00 am at Christian Faith Center 31 S Midland, Nampa Idaho 83651.
Service will be live streamed at at 11 am MST
Please no flowers, you can make donations in the name of Bruce Utter to Wish Granters of Boise, or to Canyon County 4-H c/o Helping Hands 4-H Club

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Cremation Society of Idaho
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Boise, ID 83705
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 4, 2015