Joyce Wittwer Whittaker



(past president of the Washington County Historical Society)


Ann Joyce Wittwer was born in St. George on August 25, 1936. She grew up in Santa Clara, Utah and attended
Santa Clara Elementary School. Her family moved to Las Vegas in September 1948. They returned to Santa
Clara in 1952 where Joyce graduated second in her class from Dixie High School. She attended Dixie Junior

Joyce married Ronald Edward Prisbrey on August 24, 1956. They moved to Salt Lake City where they both
worked for Milne Truck Lines. Joyce was assistant to the head accountant. While living in Salt Lake, four children
were born to them. Following the birth of her children, Joyce became a "stay at home Mom". After living in Salt
Lake for 17 years, they moved back to Santa Clara in 1973. Joyce and Ron established Southwest Diesel
Service where Joyce managed the accounting for the business. They were divorced in 1986.

Joyce married Donald Carlyle Whittaker on September 10, 1988 and they were sealed in the St. George Temple
on June 10, 1989. Joyce lovingly cared for Don for 8 years after he had a stroke and prior to his death on
October 13, 2013.

Joyce was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings.
She was a Ward and Santa Clara Stake Historian for almost 14 years. Joyce and Don served as supervisors in
the St. George Temple Baptistry.

Joyce was active in her community:
- Was President of the Washington County 4-H Council for 2 years.
- Served one term on the Santa Clara City Council.
- Was President of the Santa Clara Historical Society for 9 years.
- Served on the Board of the Washington County Historical Society for 14 years and was President in
   2004 and 2007.
- Was the author of "Santa Clara Public Schools 1862-1972".
- She felt her crowning historical accomplishment was the publication of "The History of Santa Clara, Utah
   —A Blossom in the Desert"

A stroke took away Joyce's independence in January of 2014.

Joyce died in St. George on May 2, 2020 and was buried in the Santa Clara City Cemetery.


Parents and Siblings:
    Lester Guy Wittwer
    Vanola Gubler Wittwer
        Ann Joyce Wittwer
        Deverl Lester Wittwer
        Royden Wittwer
        Tony Wittwer
        Melvin Wittwer
        Sheldon Wittwer

(5/28/1912-12/2/1999)   (married 9/18/1934)
(8/25/1936-5/2/2020)   (married as shown below)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Husband and Children:
    Ronald Edward Prisbrey
        Leslie Ann Prisbrey
        Douglas Ronald Prisbrey  
        Brent Edward Prisbrey
        Shari Lyn Prisbrey

(9/9/1936-11/4/2015)   (married 8/24/1956; divorced xx/xx/1986)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Craig Lance)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Gina X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Jodi X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Chris Wilcox)

Second Husband:
    Donald Carlyle Whittaker

(3/16/1927-10/14/2013)   (married 9/10/1988)


Joyce Wittwer Whittaker
Joyce Wittwer Whittaker
      Donald Carlyle Whittaker
      Donald C. Whittaker


FamilySearch entry for Ann Joyce Wittwer

Find-A-Grave entry for Ann Joyce Wittwer Whittaker

Obituary for Joyce Wittwer Whittaker

Life Tributes Page for Joyce Whittwer Whittaker from Serenity Funeral Home

St George News obituary for Joyce Wittwer Whittaker

FamilySearch entry for Ronald Edward Prisbrey

FamilySearch entry for Donald Carlyle Whittaker

Obituary for Donald Carlyle Whittaker

Find-A-Grave entry for Donald C. Whittaker