Feb. 21, 1939 – July 22, 2012
Wallace Earl Pitt, 73, formerly of Lovell, loving husband, father, grandfather and “bompa,” died July 22, 2012, at home surrounded by his family after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 21, 1939, in Thermopolis, the second child and first son of Ernest and Vida Asay Pitt. He spent his childhood in the Big Horn Basin and grew up in Lovell. He loved the Big Horn Mountains and the Big Horn River. He loved fishing and hunting with his Uncle Orv Asay.
He would spend his summers working odd jobs for the neighbors hauling hay, herding sheep, doing yard work or whatever he could to help his mother support his six siblings. He graduated from Lovell High School in 1957, and then attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. In 1962, he became a core driller for the government drilling dam sites in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings through the years. He married Donna Ann Stansfield on Sept. 3, 1964, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He worked many years in the oil field, working for various drilling companies as a driller, floor hand and mud hand. He worked summers for Burdick Paving and retired from the Duchesne County Road Department as an equipment operator at the landfill. He was a “jack-of-all-trades” and loved to build and work on things.
For several years he and his son Carmen owned a business–W&C Gun and Small Engine Repair, and he worked on farm equipment and vehicles. He loved hunting with his family, reloaded his own bullets, had one of the best gardens around, and was known for the big rope and iron swings he built in the yard for family and friends. He enjoyed taking the family on trips into the mountains and his favorite trips were to Yellowstone National Park.
He is survived by his loving companion Donna of Bridgeland, Utah; sons and daughters Carmen (Linda) Pitt of Fruita, Colo., Tammy (Ed) Freston of Myton, Utah, and LaReta (Lynn) Summarell of Bridgeland and Wallace (Judy) Dunsmore of Arcadia; grandchildren Tina Byrge, Jason, Tiffanee and Jessie Freston, Michael, Aaron, Ben, Ammon and Rachel Dunsmore, Shelby, Tara and Ty Summarell, Carmen Jr., Wallace and Carinda Pitt and Ashley Lefler; great-grandchildren Lacie, Austin, Mark, Casey, McLane, Shaydon, Stetson, Jemmey, Kayzlee, Peter, Sarah, and Jason and great-great-grandson Braynson.
He was preceded in death by parents, parents-in-law, Reed and Lois Stansfield; grandson Jeremy Summarell; great-grandsons Heston Summarell and Shaun Dunsmore and two of his favorite uncles, Orvin and Carmen Asay.
“Dad didn’t want any fancy shindig, so as per his request, he has been cremated and his remains will be buried with mom at a later time. Dad, we love you and know we will be with you again. Your life is complete – Well done thou good and faithful servant – Well Done!”
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