J. Burton Tuttle died April 6, 2005, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was 94.
Tuttle was born May 28, 1910, in Manti, Utah, to J. Burton Tuttle and Mima (Jolly) Tuttle.
Tuttle and his family moved to New Castle when Tuttle was 14 years old. Between 14 and 17 years of age, he was a camptender and sheepherder for his father. He received his education in Manti, Utah; New Castle; and Utah State University in Logan. He was interested in athletics and music, but his true passion was the sheep business. He acquired ranches in Pitkin County near Snowmass and Basalt. From there he purchased a ranch in Moffat County and a feedlot and farms in Weld County, and a cattle ranch near Rawlins, Wyo. He also ran sheep in Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas on the wheat fields in the area.
Tuttle encompassed every aspect of the sheep, cattle and ranching businesses. He was a producer, lamb buyer and feeder. It was often said that Tuttle could nickel and dime you to death while negotiating a deal, but when a deal was struck, his word was his bond. During his 70 years in the ranching business, he was completely respected for his vast knowledge of the livestock business and his astute business deals always with complete honesty. On April 19, 1931, he married Mary Robinson and together they had six children, Val Burton, Alfreda, Douglas, John, Maralyn, and Halbert. In 1964, he married Helen Jones. They resided in Platteville and Saratoga. On March 11, 1996, he married Fran McMahon. At the time of his death, they were residing in Sun City West.
Tuttle is survived by his wife, Fran; children Alfreda (Bob) Grimm of Laguna Hills, Calif., Douglas (Laura) Tuttle of Sinclair, John (Jayne) Tuttle of Platteville, Maralyn (John) O'Neil of Arroyo Grande, and Halbert (Sandra) Tuttle of Craig; stepdaughter, Sharon Martin; and 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He loved all of his children very much.
Tuttle was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; his son, Val Burton; his two sisters, Darlene Sampson and Phyllis Zagorec; and his second wife, Helen.
Graveside services were held April 9, 2005, in Provo, Utah. He was buried in the family plot at the Provo Cemetery.
Acting as pallbearers were his grandsons, John Grimm, Jay Grimm, Rex Tuttle and Joseph Tuttle.