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Darwin Chester Wheeler
Darwin Chester Wheeler, 71, beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully in his sleep while in one of his favorite places, the mountains. He was born on Feb. 16, 1949 in Ely, Nevada to Chester O. and Lorene D. Wheeler.
He grew up in Garrison, Utah where he attended his first 8 years of formal education. After 8th grade, he attended and graduated from Delta High School in 1967. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Calgary, Canada from 1969-1971. After returning from his mission, he attended the College of Southern Utah. He married in June of 1972 and had 5 children.
He dedicated his life to his family and his farm. He had a deep love for the gospel of Jesus Christ, nature, and anything with wheels. His favorite pastimes were going to the canyon for Dutch oven cookouts, riding his motorcycle, deer watching, and strumming on his guitar.
He preferred to work out of the spotlight, quietly touching people’s lives. His gentle and forgiving nature will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his siblings: Sharon Marie, James LeRoy, Carolyn Lorene, his 5 children: Jaime Lynn (Carlos) Samaniego, Sherry Ann (Alex) Brunt, Tyler Darwin (Camrin) Wheeler, Christopher C.(Alicia) Wheeler, Amanda Jean Wheeler, and 22 grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Fillmore City Cemetery. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home in Fillmore, Utah. The family requests that participants wear masks (not provided) and practice social distancing. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.
I have so many wonderful memories of Darwin. The last one was when I met Carolyn and extended family to see Ryan. I had taken Spaghetti for them all to eat!! What stands out in my mind is the immense gratitude all of them had, but especially Darwin thanked me numerous times. My other memory was not to long after Darwin returned from his mission in Calgary, Canada. We thought it was really cold out home( I dont remember the temperature). All of us were bundled up in coats! Darwin has a short sleeve shirt on. I asked him where his coat was... to which he replied that he wasnt cold!! It was warm compared to Calgary! To Darwins family let him stay alive through your memories of him!! He was a quiet man, but deep. I know he loved each of you and would want you to hang on to your roots and carry on!! May the Lord Bless you with peace as you carry on until you meet again. I Know our Savior lives and that Families are Forever. Even though it feels pretty permanent right now!
Much love and Prayers
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