“Gone Fishin”\n\nDad was born in Ogden, Utah into the loving home of Wallace “Butch” and Ella (Wilson) Bitton, on June 3, 1941. He was their second child and eldest son. Dad was just shy of turning four years old when his father was killed in Okinawa Japan, while serving in World War II.His childhood was spent mostly in Ogden, Utah. However, as a young boy he lived for a short time in Randolph, Utah. Dad spent his days playing basketball, football, and baseball; hunting rabbits, and pheasants; but mostly wishing he was a cowboy riding the range. He adored his Uncle Steve and was thrilled to learn to ride a horse under his watchful eye. As a teenager, he spent many summers in Randolph working at his beloved Uncle Sim’s ranch. Dad even rode bucking broncos on several occasions as part of the Randolph rodeo.Dad was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Ben Lomond High School, in 1959 and trained as a paratrooper-medic with The National Guard. He studied tool engineering at Utah State University, and computer programming at Weber State College. He worked for 33 years at the Defense Depot of Ogden as a computer programmer, finally retiring in 1997.Dad married his high school sweetheart Radene Johnson in 1962. They had 4 children together. After 19 years of marriage they divorced, but they remained good friends throughout his life.In dad’s earlier years, he liked to golf and bowl. Throughout his life he enjoyed watching sporting events, attending rodeos, and listening to country music. He also had dreams of “hitting the jackpot;” often traveling to Wendover, with slot machine play being his favorite game of chance. Most of all, dad loved the great outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Some of his favorite places to recreate were the Uintah Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, and McDonald Pond in Montana.Dad shared the last 32 years of his life with his girlfriend Marilyn Boss. Together they enjoyed road trips around the west, competing in numerous slot tournaments, and dining out. Marilyn was also Dad’s caregiver during the last years of his life, as his health declined.Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Bitton and Ella Wilson Bitton Evans; his step father, Sam T. Evans; and his brother-in-law, Hugh Hatch. He is survived by his sister Jolene (Hugh) Hatch, his brother Dennis (Dona) Bitton, his children Mark (Charisse) Bitton, Lynley (Lyn) Dean, Wendy (Lyle) Braegger and Scott (Sunshine) Bitton and his 11 grandchildren.Dad lived with emphysema many years longer than his doctors predicted. His suffering finally came to an end on the night of March 17, 2015. He passed away peacefully with his children at his bedside. The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Karla, Dixie, Kathy, Dr. Anderson, and all the other caregivers at Deseret Hospice for the compassionate care they gave dad for the last year and a half of his life. We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the caring staff of Thatcher Brook Rehabilitation, where dad spent his last few days.To honor our Dad’s wishes, there will be no formal viewing, traditional funeral or public graveside service. There will be a small private family gathering in Randolph, Utah to honor his life and to lay him to rest. Dad was intelligent and organized, tidy and witty. He liked his coffee sweet and his food spicy. Dad had a restless spirit, as wild as the West that he loved.\n\nDad, may your spirit be free. We love you and we miss you.