Louis Paul Whatcott, 74, of Pleasant Grove passed away peacefully on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was born November 11, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Henry LaVell and Bessie Glen Garrison Whatcott. He married Lee Ann Kalt on January 17, 1969. Lee Ann passed away December 13, 2009. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Watts Woffinden on March 25, 2016 in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Louis grew up in Salt Lake City and attended schools there. In 1966 he was called to serve an LDS mission to England. After sustaining an injury, he was sent home to recover. Upon his recovery, he was reassigned to California where he completed his service.
Louis worked hard at a variety of jobs. He helped his wife, Lee Ann, in her families floral business and built incredible greenhouses. He also shuttled cars for the auto auctions.
On August 27, 1971 Louis began his life long career as a Hill Air Force Base civilian firefighter. He was well respected for his calm demeanor, his humor and his dedication. He was very proud of being a firefighter.
He developed the original Hill AFB fire department patch that was worn from the 1970’s until 2019. He also developed several F16 Egress tools to reach the aircraft pilot faster in an emergency. These were adopted world wide, everywhere F16 fighter jets fly.
Louis loved to read and study. He was very smart in so many areas. One of his firefighting buddies knicknamed him the BOK (Book of Knowledge).He would have done well on the game show Jeopardy. He could build just about anything you ever wanted or would need. Louis was a creative genius. He retired as a fire department Captain, January 3, 1997.
In 2014, he retired form another life long occupation, that of playing Santa Claus. For years he would visit family members and attend church gatherings dressed as that jolly old elf. He loved to bring joy and happiness to those around him.
During his life Louis had the opportunity to care for those he loved during their physical trials. He provided loving and compassionate care for his wife Lee Ann, his father LaVell and Lee Ann’s grandmother. He loved animals especially German Shepherds. He also spent many hours woodworking in his extremely large garage.
He loved a good harmless prank. In his younger years he would scare his friends with a wooden snake or a little fuzzy spider. His latest prank was to pull the cord on his bedside alarm and watch the aids run to check on him.
Because of his Parkinson’s Disease, he suffered many health problems. He faced his challenges with courage and without complaint. The last weeks of his life were spent at Canyon Breeze Senior Living where he received tender compassionate care from their loving staff.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Pleasant Grove, three siblings: Gary (Jeri) Whatcott, Nelly Gadd and Donna Parsons, his sister-in-law Roxy Whatcott and many loving nieces, nephews, step-children and step grandchildren. Proceeded in death by his parents, first wife Lee Ann, sisters: JoAnn Kelson and Ginny Mogollon and brother Lynn Whatcott.
Family and friends may attend a viewing for Louis on Saturday, July 3, 2021 from 10:00 -11:00 am at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com
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