John Leroy Utz
12/6/48 – 11/19/23
Last updated 11/29/2023 at 11:06am
John L. Utz passed away early the morning of the Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, at home. John was born in Riggins, Idaho to Carl Edward Utz and Emma Ruth Rounds. He spent most of his life in Grand Coulee, Washington, where he enjoyed wood working, crafts, Native American Arts, collecting eagle figurines, music and reading. He started his career in Grand Coulee as a laborer with the USBR until laid off. He then went behind the bar, working for the Gateway Tavern, ECT, Hi-Dam and Moose Lodge at various times serving customers their favorite drink. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles where he served on both boards in a variety of positions.
After turning in his apron for a set of van keys he drove for the Colville Confederated Tribes, driving their employees from Mill Bay, Okanogan and Coulee Dam Casinos. It was during this time that he started organizing Alcoholics Anonymous groups in the area. He retired from the tribe a few years ago.
He is preceded in death by his father Carl Utz and his mother Ruth Utz (Rounds). He is survived by his sister, Karla Stewart of South Dakota, his wife Judy Utz of Grand Coulee; his sons: Jesse Utz and Karrie Utz of Spokane; Jeremy Utz and Jeannette Utz of Tekoa; grandsons: Levi Seylor of Grand Coulee, Jerimiah, Zachariah and Kaden Utz of Spokane and one granddaughter, Nicollete Seylor of Grand Coulee. He is also survived by two great-grand children.
A memorial will be planned in the Spring in Grand Coulee. Instead of cards or flowers please make a donation to your local AA meeting in his honor.