It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and husband, Dr. Don Keith Whatcott DDS (93), who passed away on June 1, 2022
Keith was born in a small house on May 13, 1929, in Provo, to Hearl Devello and Valera (Snow) Whatcott. He grew up in a loving family of four and graduated from Provo High School. His family were active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and he had a fervent testimony even from a young age.
He was an active member of the LDS Church his entire life. As a young missionary he served in Wales, UK. He later also served missions at Cove Fort-LDS Historic Site, Missionary Training Center, and Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT. He loved his service and told everyone he met about the LDS Church. He was also known for his strong tenor voice, singing in church for all to enjoy and sending his praises to the Lord.
Keith married in 1952. He attended dental school at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, where the couple welcomed twin girls in 1954. Two sons followed after returning to Provo, UT. It was in Provo that Keith established a dental office. He was knowledgeable and innovative in his practice and specialized in headache relief through temporomandibular joint therapy. Keith started a pre-dental class at BYU mentoring students. His love for dentistry, and for others, led him to encourage young people to pursue a career in his field.
In 1964, Keith was the single father of his four children. At the same time, his best friend and former classmate from dental school, George Vogel, died suddenly. Keith selflessly sacrificed his time helping George’s dental practice until it could be sold. He also helped George’s widow, Gwen, with their five children, often taking them camping and skiing.
In 1967 Keith and Gwen were married. The blended family of nine children has grown over the years to a total of thirteen. Keith had a huge heart and loved his “chosen” children as much as his blood-related children. He had the gift of loving everyone.
Keith and Gwen knew that an important part of uniting a blended family was providing them with fun, shared experiences together. They made this possible by frequently taking them on family vacations. Traditional trips were to Mexico, Lake Powell, Yellowstone, and many sites in LDS Church history.
Gwen died in 1989 after 21 years of marriage. He later met and married JoAnn Williams Cardon. Again, he graciously included JoAnn’s 4 children as if they were his own. JoAnn passed away in 2010. Despite Keith’s losses, he was resilient and always concerned for the well-being of his entire family combined.
At 82, in 2011, Keith was blessed with a fourth marriage to Thelma Dalton Dalrymple Wright. Both had been happily married many times before, but firmly believed that love could always be found again.
Keith had many wonderful attributes including, but not limited to, talking with strangers, tinkering, buying gadgets, skiing, boating, laughing, hunting, singing, teasing, winking (i.e. say “play the banjo” on you), feed his loved one ice cream, practice dentistry, missionary work, and love all of his children.
Keith aka “Cruiser” will be sadly missed by those left behind.
Keith is survived by his wife, Thelma Dalton Dalrymple Wright Whatcott. 19 Children: Paula (Jon) Fuller, Moab; Dawn Ratcliffe, West Jordan; Diane (Mark) Daily, Orem; Marie (Gordon) Younker, Orem; Brian (Dianne) Whatcott, Ogden; Rhonda (Jay) Hills, Logandale, NV; Roland (Leslie) Whatcott, St. George; Jill (Marshall) Pratt, Show Low, Ariz.; (Jolynne) Vogel, Orem; Gail (Larry) Dickman, San Antonio, TX; Chris (Stephanie) Vogel, Mesquite, NV; Chris Cardon, Lindon; Deborah Blackburn, Salt Lake City; Carol (Tim Burnett) Dalrymple, Sandy; Raquel (Troy) Tagg, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Jennifer (Wayne) Young, Orem; Edwin Whatcott, Prov; Shauna (Greg) Sclafani, Orem; Marcel (Jeremy) Lee, Spanish Fork; and David Wright, Portland, OR.
He is also survived by his younger sister Carol Rampton, Orem; 85 grandchildren and 158 great-grandchildren.
His parents predeceased him; his brothers Calvin and Weston; his first 3 wives; his son Eric Vogel; chosen son Anthony Cardon, son-in-law(s) Randy Loveless and Craig Ratcliffe.
Services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Hills Hillside Chapel, 1960 N. 1500 E. Provo, UT, 84604. Friends may call one hour prior to services for viewing. Burial at Provo City Cemetery.