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Our beloved Janet peacefully surrendered from this life at home with her family by her side
after a long and determined battle with Parkinson’s (Lewy Body Dementia).
The fifth of nine children, Janet was born to Robert and Mary Palmer. Growing up in Fillmore,
she attended Millard High, then went on to BYU majoring in business. Janet’s work career
began at the LDS Church Tithing Office under President David O. McKay. She was a legal
secretary for several law firms and 26 years as assistant to CFOs of Intermountain Health Care.
Janet’s childhood passion was her love of horses. She was often teased about being the
‘Rodeo Queen of Fillmore’ and held a record in barrel racing. Her favorite activity, bar none,
was to ride horses in the mountains with her dad. She would often argue with her sisters for the
favorite horse, Pal.
Janet married Dick Tuttle on September 25,1975 and sealed in the Manti Temple. They raised
four boys and she could play as rough as they could. She often said, “If I can’t lick um, I’ll join
um.” What a competitive spirit she had, always wanting to win, even if it meant changing the
rules a bit. Through the years camping, fishing, hunting, and boating trips kept the family close
as did their church involvement. As a grandmother she seldom missed a game or dance
Janet loved sports and could talk basketball and football with the best of the guys. Being an
avid and competitive tennis player, she was on the court two, three times weekly laughing and
one-upping each of her tennis friends she loved so much.
Gardening was a love of Janet’s. Each year her vegetable garden was beautiful and lush. The
results of her green thumb were transformed into tasty, hardy meals, followed by scrumptious
desserts. Janet also had a knack for home decorating. Her homes were always attractive and
tasteful, highlighting interests of her travels with Dick — and travel they did! No regrets there!
Janet was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She held
many positions including a Bountiful Temple worker. She and Dick served an 18-month
Humanitarian Mission to Nairobi, Kenya. After returning they, along with wonderful caring
people, started the Shamba Foundation to help children living in the Soweto slum. It exists and
is doing well to this day.
Janet had a great sense of humor and a knack for creating laughter. She enjoyed life and
lived it to the fullest until the debilitating disease took over her body. Even during her illness
she didn’t complain, but accepted each phase in the progression with resolve. An inspiration to
all of us!
Janet is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary; brothers, Robert, Richard;
sisters, Helen, Maryann. She leaves behind four sons, Kelly (Liz), Jesse (Sue), Brandon, Matt
(Jill), ten dear grandchildren, one great granddaughter; sisters, Pat, Julia; brothers, Russel,
Funeral services will be held the Davis Creek Third Ward, 825 South 50 East, Farmington, UT
84025 Saturday July 30, noon; Visitation 10:30 – 12:00 prior to funeral. In lieu of flowers, please donate
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