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Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary

3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT

OBITUARY

Byron Deon Criddle

November 23, 1934January 11, 2020
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Byron Deon Criddle, 85, passed away on January 11, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deon was born on November 23, 1934 in Logan, Utah to Wayne Delbert Criddle and Erma Ellen Sheffield. Deon lived most of his youth in Boise, Idaho. He felt blessed to spend many summers on the farm in Utah with his Criddle grandparents where he developed long lasting relationships and treasured memories with extended family members. After graduating from high school in Boise, Deon attended Utah State University where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Deon later enrolled in George Washington University’s law school. After finishing his first year in law school, Deon served two years active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then returned to law school, finished his degree, and moved his family to Salt Lake City where he practiced patent law for many years. On September 22, 1955, Deon married JoAnne Swainston. Together they brought seven children into the world: Craig Swainston Criddle (Saundra), Douglas Wayne Criddle (deceased, 1975), Sandra Trayner (Stephen), Mark Deon Criddle (JoLynn), Deanna Naylor (Kent), Brian Lynn Criddle, and Brent William Criddle (Stacy). The family enjoyed many happy years together with boating vacations to Lake Powell and Bear Lake and trips to visit family in Driggs Idaho (JoAnne’s hometown) where Deon enjoyed being in the outdoors. After 34 years of marriage, Deon and JoAnne divorced. In December 2008, Deon married Evelyn Davis and loved associating with her family like his own. Deon enjoyed serving as a scoutmaster for eight years, influencing many young men for good. He is remembered for his ability to encourage each scout to reach his full potential. All five of Deon’s sons are Eagle scouts and all his scouting grandsons were encouraged to achieve the Eagle rank by their grandfather. He personally awarded the medal to many of them. Deon will be remembered for his ability to encourage others. He supported his children and grandchildren in every sort of endeavor, especially sports. He wanted them to have self-confidence. He loved ice cream, cream pies, visiting Washington DC, boating, scouting, camping, mushrooms, his kids, grandkids, and reminiscing. Deon is survived by his wife, six of his seven children, 28 grandchildren, and 45 great grandchildren (with one on the way). He is also survived by his siblings Richard Sheffield Criddle (Joan), Kathleen Mason, and Connie Mason (David). Special thanks to the caregivers at The Wentworth at Millcreek for their patience and help in caring for Deon the past few months. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 17th at 11:00 at 2125 East Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held before the services at the same location from 10:00- 10:45.

Services

  • Viewing Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Burial Friday, January 17, 2020

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Eddie Scott

January 17, 2020

Deon helped me get my first patent. Enjoyed working with him and the patent stood strong while some tried to get around it. Thank you Deon. US4686969A

Jan Stanley Mason

January 15, 2020

May all the Gods bless you and wish you Gods' Speed!

Ron Spratling

January 15, 2020

With Mr. Criddle being a large and strong man, I have to tip my hat to the many buff individuals who somehow managed to throw him into Bear Lake at a ward party in the 70's.
To the Criddle Family: We wish you all the best during this difficult time. And thanks for being such a super cool family to grow up next to...….even though it was too short!
All the best,
Ron Spratling III & Family

Laura Criddle

January 15, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Deon's large extended family. Deon was my father's elder brother. I will always remember Uncle Deon for his big heart and generosity. Many thanks for the hours of patiently pulling a boat load of kids around Bear Lake as we learned to water ski. As a patent attorney, Deon always had some fascinating new product around his place for us to play with. Deon and his first wife, Joanne, so kindly took me into their home when I needed a place to stay for a semester while doing an internship in Salt Lake City. And I will never forget--as a teenager--the day Uncle Deon dragged me across the church chapel insisting I had to shake hands with an "old" guy he was convinced would be an LDS prophet some day. He was right!

Linda Criddle

January 15, 2020

I have so many memories of uncle Deon, And all but one of them are wonderful. (The exception is how sick that darn swingset that went in circles made me!)
I loved every Christmas when we spent time with the your family, going down to Mexico at Easter, spending summers hanging out, going water skiing, and so much more.

I remember his laughter, the way he told really great stories, the twinkle in his eye when he was telling about something mischievous. He was always generous, and gracious, and welcoming and I always felt like I was just one of the kids when I was there. He is missed.

Tina Davis

January 14, 2020

Deon and Dexter were very close along with Dexter's sister Vera.

Tina Davis

January 14, 2020

We are going to miss you, Deon. You were a very important part of our family and a great man and we loved you dearly.
Dan, Tina and Family

Tina Davis

January 14, 2020