Bert W Winterton, 83, passed away peacefully in South Weber, Utah, on Nov. 1, 2017. He happily joined his wife, daughter, parents and brother.
He was born in April 6, 1934, in Charleston, Wasatch County, Utah, the oldest son of Grant W and Mary Geniel Giles Winterton. He learned hard work being raised on a dairy farm in Wasatch County. He loved to hike Timpanogos in his youth. He acquired his pilot license before he was 16. He played football and wrestled for the Wasatch Wasps before graduating in 1952. He was senior class president and football captain.
He played football on scholarship (1952-1953) at Dixie Junior College in St. George and lifeguarded at the Homestead in 1953. He married Elizabeth Ann Lundin May 29, 1954, in the St. George LDS Temple. He continued his education, earning a master’s degree at Utah State University and receiving additional schooling in Louisiana, Washington, Colorado, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.
His career as an educator brought him and his growing family to Arizona, Washington, Louisiana and Utah. In Utah, he made his home in Uintah, Fruit Heights and recently South Weber. He taught biology and seminary, as well as coached wrestling, at Carl Hayden High School and Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Ariz., and later genetics and biology sciences from 1963-1993 at Weber State University.
He received the WSU Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award in 1989 and an honorary doctorate in 2002. After retirement, he drove a “fire bus” in Wyoming in summer of 2001, and school bus for Davis School District for 12 years, and for Road Runner Transportation for three years, where he made many friendships. He was awarded employee of the month at Winterton Automotive for several months running. He loved the freedom of road trips.
“Grandpa Bert” had many pet nick names for his posterity, who loved to have him draw on the backs of their hands.
He has always been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings including bishop (1976-1980), Scouting, and ordinance worker for 13 years in the Bountiful LDS Temple. He and his wife served a mission in 1994-1995 as interpretation coordinators at the Provo MTC serving non-English-speaking missionaries.
He is survived by five of his six children: Kelly (Ruth Ann), Mt. Green; Lonny (Lynette), South Weber; Dale (Linda), Mt. Green; Crystal (Bart) McElyea, St. George; and Suzanne (Mike) Poulsen, Lincoln, Neb.; son-in-law Doug (Michelle) Clark, South Weber; 30 grandchildren; almost 47 great-grandchildren; and siblings Elaine (Doug) Turner of Calgary, Alberta, and Rex (Laurett) of Pine Valley, Utah.
Bert was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Marilee Clark; his parents; and brother Dick.
Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the South Weber Stake Center, 7989 S. 2250 E., South Weber, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday evening at the church from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Internment at the Uintah City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Bert Winterton family missionary fund at Weber State Credit Union. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.myers-mortuary.com.