Billings Witbeck, devoted, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather died August 20, 2011 at his home outside of Rexburg, ID.
Born June 23, 1929 in Roosevelt, Utah to Dee and Margaret Billings Witbeck, Billings was the eighth of eleven children. He grew up in Roosevelt, and at the age of 12 his father died.
Billings graduated from high school and then served in the United States Army. When returning to Utah, Billings attended The University of Utah where he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Wilson. On August 15, 1955 the two married in the Salt Lake Temple.
Billings and Mary Louise have six children: Lillian (Rodger) Young of Lake Oswego, OR., Vance (Sue) Witbeck of Rexburg, Garth Witbeck of Victoria Australia, Marilyn Witbeck of Atlanta GA., Margaret Witbeck of Salt Lake City, UT., and Suzanne (Jon) Wilcox of North Tustin, CA.
Surviving Billings is his wife of Rexburg, ID., two brothers and one sister: Wallace (Beverly—deceased) Witbeck, Daniel (Jeneal) Witbeck, and Nancy (LeRoy) Pistorius; 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: Francis (Mary Catherine) Witbeck, Olive (Elmer) Dunn, Ann (Thomas) Griffiths, Evan (Renelda) Witbeck, Claire (Patricia) Witbeck,Carol Witbeck and Harold (Arva) Witbeck.
Billings graduated in business from The University of Utah, and the school immediately hired him. A loyal employee, he worked for 40 years before retiring and moving from “The Homestead” in Salt Lake City to Syracuse, UT. Three years later, in 1996 he built Mary Louise a beautiful home on the Teton River in Rexburg, ID. where the whole family continued a love for outdoor activities that have included boating, skiing, camping, hunting, and fishing. His greatest joy was to support his family in life and fun. A hard working, jack-of-all-trades, Billings focused on pragmatic principles that helped he and Mary Louise build a successful marriage and family. The only debt the two incurred in 56 years of happy marriage was a $2500 building loan for their first house.
An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Billings loved and focused on family history. He endured a long-time heart condition and was blessed to complete his family history just before dying. Recently he and Mary Louise published The Will to Make It, The Wit to Survive, a comprehensive history of their ancestors, themselves, and their posterity. He is eternally loved and will be missed. The family takes great solace in his desire to be and work with those on the other side of the veil.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Rexburg Idaho Henry’s Fork Stake Center, 1508 West 3000 North, with Bishop Kendall Grant of the Teton River Ward officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, and Thursday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the stake center prior to services. Interment will be in the Sugar City Cemetery.