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 Anthony James Pittl, Jr

Anthony James Pittl, Jr

Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Apr 1999 (aged 26)
Island Park, Fremont County, Idaho, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_113_11
Memorial ID 151967 · View Source
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The Deseret News
Monday, April 26, 1999

"Together Forever"

Our beloved children Anthony James Pittl Jr. and Amber Marie Allen Pittl were taken from us in a tragic accident on April 24, 1999.

Tony was born August 18, 1972, in Kettering, Ohio, to Anthony James and Margo Pamela Fauber Pittl. Married Amber Marie Allen on May 1, 1993; solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on January 31, 1997.

Amber was born on November 30, 1975, in Bountiful, Utah, to Calvin DeLoy and Debra Kelson Allen.

Active members of the LDS Church, they loved the outdoors. They enjoyed life together through struggles and their successes. Tony enjoyed his work at Mountain Moose Design and the people he worked with. Amber loved raising her children and Amber's success was her children. Amber was very creative particularly with her scrapbooks.

Survived by their precious children, Lindsey, A.J., Jamison, Bailey, and Kassidy; parents, Anthony James Pittl Sr. and Margo, Calvin (Katherine) Allen, Debra (Robert L.) Youngblood, M.D.; brothers and sisters, Cammy (Kent) Bodily, Megan (Coby) Willahan, Ryan Patrick (Jill) Allen, Joshua Allen.

Joint funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, 1999, at 12 noon at the Kearns Central Stake Center, 4575 West 5415 South. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, and Thursday at the church, one hour prior to services. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Wednesday, April 28, 1999

House Suddenly, Sadly Full
Grandparents gain 5 tots when Kearns duo die
By Jennifer Dobner

KEARNS -- There is a well-worn path through the grass between the two Pittl residences.

The oldest of the five tow-headed Pittl children have tracked footprint after footprint from their square white-shingled house to their grandparents' brick bungalow."We were thinking of putting a fence up," said Margo Pittl, the children's grandmother, whose lawn is sprinkled with toys and tricycles. "If they weren't here, they were over at the other place. Now we'll have to decide where to live."

The decision is necessary because the Pittl children -- Lindsay, 6; A.J., 4; Jamison, 2; and twins Kassidy and Bailey, 11 months -- lost both of their parents in a boating accident in Idaho over the weekend.

Amber Allen Pittl, 23, and Tony "JR" Pittl Jr., 26, drowned while canoeing near the Coffee Pot rapids on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River between Mack's Inn and MaCrae's Bridge. They would have celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary May 1.

"This was supposed to be like a little honeymoon for them," Margo Pittl said. "They hadn't been able to get away alone together at all since the twins were born and they were so excited. We were excited for them."

The couple left Friday after work, promising to call home Saturday evening to say what time they would be home Sunday. When the call didn't come, Margo Pittl didn't worry.

"I just figured Amber would call me in the morning," she said. "I wasn't worried."

Later that night, the Pittls' LDS bishop came to the door with news of the accident.

"It didn't soak in. I just kept thinking maybe it was a mistake," Margo Pittl said. "I mean, this was a kid (Tony) that always landed on his feet. He's done everything, bungee jumping, parasailing, snowboarding . . . and never got hurt."

Tony Pittl and his wife loved the outdoors, his father, Tony Pittl Sr., said. They hiked, camped and went rappelling -- first as a young couple while dating, later as a family.

"They'd just throw a kid on each hip and go," Margo Pittl said. Grandma and grandpa were usually along for the fun.

"We always tried to go along and help with the kids," Margo Pittl said. "We had a very good relationship and had become like best friends because we did so much together."

Amber Pittl had talked about some of life's "what-ifs" with her mother-in-law and had expressed her desire for Margo, 50, and Tony Sr., 49, to raise the five children if something happened to her and her husband.

But knowing that doesn't make it any easier to tell your grandchildren their parents have died.

Margo and Tony Sr. sent the kids for a sleep-over at their bishop's home Saturday night. They wanted -- and needed -- a few hours to digest the news on their own and to start to grieve before facing the children.

Sunday morning, they gathered the children around them. They talked about Mommy and Daddy's trip to Idaho and how much fun they were going to have.

"I told them they did have fun, but there was an accident and they died," Margo Pittl said. "I told them Mommy and Daddy have gone to help with Jesus' house, and we're going to miss them, but Grandma and Grandpa are going to tend them until they see Mommy and Daddy again."

Lindsay and A.J. cried. Jamison seemed puzzled.

"But when is Mommy coming home?" A.J. asked.

So, Margo and Tony Pittl Sr. just smile and shake their heads, pulling the children closer and tighter, trying to explain the unexplainable. To comfort what is not comprehensible.

Slowly it is beginning to sink in. Asked to tell the reporter something about his mother, A.J. says matter of factly: "She died."

Even the twins know their lives have been forever changed.

"They are feeling it. They're really clingy, especially with me, and at night they cry and wail," Margo Pittl said. "Their parents have been away long enough that they know they should be back by now."

But they are still just children.

Their attention is short. Posing for the camera, A.J. and Jamison wriggle and giggle, making "bug" eyes and sticking fingers in mouths. Even Lindsay, who at times understands much more than the others, is easily distracted from the sadness, showing off the pre-school scrapbook she made with her mom and her newly acquired angel jewelry.

Maybe there is a blessing in that, Margo Pittl notes.

"We will teach them everything that we can about their parents," she said. "How much they loved each other, and the children . . . "

"And the outdoors and sports," Tony Pittl Sr. interjects.

Margo smiles and continues.

"That God has plans and that we're just trying to live by them," she said. "We'll survive, we'll go on; there are just purposes we can't understand."

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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 151967
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anthony James Pittl, Jr (18 Aug 1972–24 Apr 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 151967, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .