Erle John Wittwer

Erle John Wittwer, age 93, passed away peacefully to join his sweetheart of almost 75 years, September 1, 2021.

Erle was born February 10, 1928, in Santa Clara, Utah to Clarence Julius and Golda Reber Wittwer. He married his high school sweetheart Phyllis on October 15, 1946, in the St. George Temple.

Erle was raised in Santa Clara where he spent his younger years milking cows on the family dairy farm.

Erle went to school in Santa Clara until the 6th grade. In 7th grade he went to Woodward in St. George. There he met the love of his life, Phyllis. The courtship continued through high school, and they were married in October after they graduated.

Erle drove truck for Rocky Mountain Produce and Mac Reber. Erle and Phyllis owned the first Dairy Queen in St. George.

Erle loved his toys. Trucks, tractors, trains, and antiques. Erle loved Quartzsite, Arizona where he made many friends. Erle’s true passion was ranching.

He is survived by three sons, John (Vicki), Steve (Joetta), Khris (Lorraine), son-in-law, Steve Day, sister Lucy Wittwer Leavitt, brother Lorraine (Doodle) Wittwer.

Preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Foremaster Wittwer, daughter Laurana Wittwer Day.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, September 4, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am at Spilsbury Mortuary.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, 11:00 am at Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.

Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Erle’s online guest book at



9:30 – 10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:00 pm
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle Street
St. George, Utah

Guest Book

6 Responses

  1. Erle,
    It was an honor and a privilege to take care of you. I fell in love with your sweet smile the first time we met. Your devotiion to your wife and her care is something I have never witnessed in my 30 years of care giving. You died of a broken heart, I didn’t think that it was even possible! When you made up your mind, your journey was peaceful.
    You were a giant of a man Erle Wittwer, I will love and miss you forever!

  2. What a wonderful giant of a man. He always had a contagious smile and was so kind and respectful. He did love his jeep. I remember him early in the mornings, I suppose going to work, driving up flood street in his jeep. He was a wonderful and caring man. It is so awesome that he could pass so quickly and be with his sweetheart. He will be missed dearly. Sending our love to the family, Dan and CloElla Andrus Polatis

  3. Khris I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I know it must be a hard year with your sister mother and dad passing. I cant imagine all that so close together. Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you during these hard times . Hope things are going well

  4. I just read of Erle’s and Phyllis’s passing. So sorry to hear that. He was one of my first employers at the Dairy Queen. A lot of fond memories of the Dairy Queen and working for Erle and Phyllis. They were good people and friends.

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