William Dutton

William Harry Dutton Sr.

Saturday, October 7th, 1933 - Sunday, August 9th, 2020
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Our Heavenly Father welcomed home William Harry Dutton, one of his valiant sons in the early morning hours of August 9, 2020, at the age of 86, surrounded by his children.

William Harry Dutton was born on October 7, 1933, in East Charleston, Vermont, to Mark Elmore Dutton and Hazel Hall. He spent his boyhood days roaming the green hills that he grew to love with his brother, Charles, and sisters, Loris and Tina. He enjoyed tapping maple trees for syrup. He and his dad cut pulp and worked hard on the family farm.

Dad and his family were introduced to the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ by two missionaries in their hometown. The lessons they were taught resulted in their baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This message became an intricate part of his life. Over the years, Dad enjoyed telling the story of how one of these missionaries later became the well-known astronaut, Don Lind. They maintained a friendship throughout the years.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. While he was being transported across the Pacific to join the war effort, the war ended. His claim is when they found out he was coming they gave up. Serving his God and country was always a high honor for him.

He was introduced and grew to love Doloris Lorraine Bowman during his service years through letters they exchanged. They were married on December 10, 1955. Their marriage was later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, Utah, temple. They settled in the Roanoke Valley in 1955.

Dad was highly respected. His sense of humor and caring nature made him a quick friend to anyone he met. His favorite line was to tell people after meeting them to, “Have a great forever.” Their home was open to many who were seeking a friend, solace, and spiritual guidance. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many positions of leadership including Bishop, Ward Missionary, High Council member, as well as many other callings.

His first job after moving to Virginia was as a Fuller-brush salesman. He continued in the profession of sales throughout his life. His great love was owning his own Marine boat business which created many fond family memories.

Dad loved the mountains and enjoyed hunting with his boys. He enjoyed water-skiing, fishing, and spending time with his family both in Virginia and Utah. He had a passion for driving, buying, and selling cars. Dad loved to eat but his favorite was anything maple - most likely due to his boyhood years spent in Vermont. He had a love and talent for quoting favorite poems and stories. His love for music continued throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his loving eternal companion, Doloris Bowman French, of nearly 60 years. They were blessed with six children, Daniel (Renee) Dutton of Salem, Virginia, Glenn (Lisa) Dutton of Riverton, Utah, Diana (Jim) Gerken of Salem, Virginia, William H. (Brenda) Dutton Jr. of Layton, Utah, Della (Noah) McDaniel of Salem, Virginia, and Daffney (Tyson) Blais of Nibley, Utah. He also has 26 choice grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren that he loves dearly.

We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the healthcare professionals who made his last days more comfortable and full of love. They have become family.

Due to COVID-19, there will be a private family memorial service at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel. We invite all to participate online by visiting

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  • Private Memorial Service

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 6:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Blvd.
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 10:00am
    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, Virginia 24012
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Reid Acree

Posted at 06:38pm
To the Dutton Family—I was saddened to learn of your father‘s passing. I remember your dad quite well as he always attended football practice and of course, all the games. He was a good and faithful servant both as a father and in his faith. I think fondly of all of you and especially my classmates, Glenn and Dianna. IIn fact, when I think back on my time growing up in Salem, I cannot think of any family that was more respected both then and now. Your mother and father raised you all well. Again, I am sorry for your loss.


Reid Acree

Charlie Brookman

Posted at 01:53pm
My love to all of the Dutton Family in the passing of your patriarch. I have known Harry for a very long time. I met him at the old chapel on Grandin Rd. One of my first memories is of Harry coming to get me and saying that Pres. Christley wanted to see me upstairs in his office. That was when I was called to be a District Councilman. I got to know Dan and his family while attending the Salem Ward many many years later. I know you are grieving, but we all know that he stepped through the veil to happy reunions and a body with no pain or discomfort.

Charlie Brookman

Lonny W. Antrim

Posted at 11:12am
To the Dutton family. My heart felt condolences to each and everyone of you. I can see from the picture of your father where you all get your good looks! All ya all! I have been blessed to know William H. for many years and not only is he my friend, but I love him like my own brother. I want you to know that your mother and father raised Bill right. I know you will miss him and as you do your mother, but rest assured you will see both in heaven when the time is right.

Just trust in the Lord and all things will be just!

Lonny and Marilyn Antrim

Terrie Barber

Posted at 09:22am
I was extremely saddened to hear of Harry's passing from my brother, Dennis. Harry was a truly genuine human being. I count myself blessed to have known and worked with him. He was an inspiration. No matter what the day held he maintained a cheerful countenance. His humor was unfailing. For me his wisdom and kindness had an enormous impact on my life. My heart goes out to the family. Terrie Barber

Donna Dutton

Posted at 10:59pm
Sending my condolences to Harry's entire family. He was a fine gentlemen and I enjoyed our telephone conversations very much and his uplifting attitude. He always spoke of Doloris with such love and of my husband, his cousin, Mark Dutton Sr. We were very fortunate to have spent some time with them, their children and his siblings and their families. He will be missed, as is Doloris.
Donna Dutton

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