Daniel Payne Bittle of Orem, Utah passed away in his home on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. He had been gravely ill for several years. Daniel (Danny) was born March 23, 1934 to George Dewey Bittle and Opal Manette Payne Bittle in Grand Junction, Colo. He was the third of four boys who were born to them. Danny’s mother lost her life when Danny was only 3 years old. His father also preceded him in death.
Danny is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Larsen Bittle; brothers, Jerry Jefferson Bittle and George Harvey Bittle Jr.; two sisters, Shirley Armstrong and Charlotte Ann Johnson; and two stepsisters, Louise and Nora. He also has three surviving children, Danna Ann, Christina Sue and Daniel Wayne. One child, Mark Edward Bittle, passed away only two months ago, and one of his brothers, James (Jimmy) Maurice Bittle, also preceded Danny in death.
Danny was married in 1958 to Norma Andrea Peck. They had four children, Danna Ann Bittle of Durango, Christina Sue Bittle of Boise, Daniel Wayne Bittle of Phoenix, and Mark Edward Bittle (deceased). He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Billie Jo Zimmerman, Jayson Robert Griffin Black, Gina Marie Black, Dani Rae Black, Christopher Mailloux Bittle, Daniel Wayne Bittle II, Chelsey Irene Bittle, and Rachell Michelle Bittle. He also has seven great grandchildren: Rayne Terrin, Lyric Jade, Asa Braden and Cora Brook Zimmermann, Mia Rose and Aiden Alexander Black, and Kaynan Michael Bittle.
Danny and Andrea were divorced in 1968. Danny remarried in 1970 to Betty Lou Larsen. Danny had three stepchildren, Loudean Hall, Richard and Ed Tomlinson, 13 step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren from this marriage. He and Betty had been married for 42 years at the time of his death. They had moved from Moab to Orem so he could be closer to the health care resources that he needed.
Danny served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. He obtained an honorable-hardship discharge in order to help his father run Bittle Trucking Co. Danny’s father had become too ill to handle the business without Danny’s help. Luckily, Danny loved driving trucks and using heavy machinery and he and his brother, Jimmy, were able to help the business flourish.
Danny drove trucks all of his life, even for a long time after he became ill. He started working for his father when he was a very young pre-teen. When he first began driving, his father had to alter the pedals of the truck so Danny’s feet could reach them and he sat on an apple box so he could see the road. He would go to the Grand County school all day and then drive the truck for hours afterward, all throughout high school. He also played football for the Grand County High School Red Devils team.
Danny was an avid rock and dinosaur bone hunter for many years. He would often walk for miles looking for arrowheads as well.
Danny was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Danny had requested that there be no funeral or memorial. His ashes will be scattered in an area close to his beloved Moab, Utah, where he had lived most of his life.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.