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Teryl Curtis Utley
August 29, 1946 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
Teryl Curtis Utley, 78, left his beloved wife and family on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023.
Terry was born on Aug. 29, 1945, in Lakeview to Bob and Gloria Utley. Terry was the first of four boys.
Terry was a man who lived life to the fullest and had many accomplishments during his stay on this earth. He was always a hard worker, as a young man he bucked bales during the summers. Terry started a hay hauling business bringing the first harrow bed to the valley and contracted picking up bales for the ZX Ranch.
Terry was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Lakeview High School with the class of 1965. He belonged to many service organizations including the Fraternal Order of the Elks of which he was an exalted ruler, Rotary, keeper of the water hole for the Order of the Antelope, and Chairman for the local chapter of the United Way. Terry attended Southern Oregon College and later worked for the Flying Tigers/Air America Intelligence in Southeast Asia. He worked many years for the family Real Estate and Insurance Business at Favell-Utley Corporation.
In 2001 Terry and his lovely wife, Deborah, moved back to Lakeview to semi-retire. He started a Bed & Breakfast at the old McDonald home in Gold Mohr Terrace and operated a pheasant hunting club for many years. He later purchased Arrow Realty, becoming his brother Randy’s competitor in real estate with the understanding that Favell Utley would purchase the business in the future when he was ready to fully retire.
At retirement, Terry and his wife purchased a large motorhome and traveled for many years. Terry’s first passion was hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Many of his friends can attest to his true ability to hunt and fish. Terry and his brothers had many enjoyable years at their annual Lake Shasta Fishing trip and hunting exhibitions at the family cabin. His brothers always wondered if he was just lucky or if was he really that damn good. Terry’s favorite saying was “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Gloria Utley; and daughter, Nicole Utley.
He is survived by: his loving wife, Deborah; son, Robert Utley II; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Eric Himler; brothers, Larry Utley, Randy Utley, and Scott Utley; grandchildren, Robert James Utley, Tiffany Elizabeth Utley, Hannah Rose Himler and Faith Olivia Himler; and numerous nephews and nieces.
At Terry’s request, there will be a private family celebration at the family cabin on Sprague River where part of him will fish there for eternity.
Donations may be made to the Lakeview Elk’s BPOE Lodge #1536, 323 N. F St., Lakeview, OR 97630, or donor’s choice.