Dean Russell Witt, of Venice, Utah, died of an asthma attack Thursday morning, Nov. 22, 1990, at home. He was 70 years of age.

He was born September 24, 1920, to Palmer Wesley Witt and Thelma Van Wagoner Witt in Heber City. His father was killed in an accident when Dean was two years old. His mother married Darce Garfield (Jim) Terry when Dean was seven years old and they moved to the Terry farm in Draper where Dean grew up. He attended Jordan High School.Dean and Ruth Wilkins were married in 1938. They had six children and were later divorced. In 1962, Dean married Gertrude Breitling Law; she passed away in March 1971. Dean married Marcia Wilson Marshall in October 1971. They have sustained one another and enjoyed each other's company for the past 19 years. They lived in Venice for most of their years together.

Dean's means of livelihood included farming, chicken buying, selling and raising, riveting in an airplane factory, trucking, construction, prison guard, raising beavers, and the honey bee business.

Dean was an energetic, hard-working man with a deep concern for the welfare of others. He helped a large number of people in any way that he was able. He set a fine example and will be remembered for his good works.

He was a member of the LDS Church, loved the Lord and strived to live his religion. A highlight of his and Marcia's lives was their mission to Australia in 1975.

Dean enjoyed hunting, fishing, and helping people; he excelled at all three.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia; his mother, Thelma Terry; four brothers, Grant Witt, Chad Terry, Van Terry, and Joel Terry; two sisters, Colleen Guilani and Thelma Ethel Syverson; five children, Dorothy Ruth McGuire, Leslie Dean Witt, Nora Kathleen Vennard, Randy Lee Bringhurst, and Danell Justet; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and five stepchildren, Mildred Carlson, Leonard Marshall, Clayton Marshall, Zona Bray, and Von Marshall. He was preceded in death by his father, his stepfather, and daughter, Thelma Florence Witt.

The funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Venice LDS Ward Chapel, with Bishop Farrel Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Venice Cemetery. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, in the Venice Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Primary children's Hospital or the Asthma Foundation.

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