Ryan Lee Tippetts – Millard County Chronicle Progress

Jul 19, 1974 ~ Jul 31, 2022

Ryan Lee Tippetts, 48, passed away peacefully in Layton, Utah on July 31, 2022 from complications of a stroke.

Ryan was born on July 19, 1974 to Reid Lee Tippetts and Sandra Regina Gutto Tippetts. He was a happy, chubby-cheeked baby who loved life from the moment he was born. Ryan grew up on the family farm in Sutherland, Utah, and loved working and playing on the farm. At a young age, he showed a talent for fixing things and enjoyed operating and repairing machinery. While attending Delta Elementary School in the fourth grade, he and his close friend Sheldon Kauwe tied for first place in the annual spelling bee. He also enjoyed performing some Hawaiian dances on a show run by his teacher, Eleanor Dalton.

As a teenager, Ryan enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and scouting parties. He had a passion for tying flies and using them to catch loads of wily trout, and he had many fond memories of Scouting trips to Flaming Gorge with the leader, Steve Draper; and annual week-long family camps at Granite Creek in the Deep Creek Mountains in Callao. In high school, Ryan was on the debate team. He enjoyed the challenge of matching wits with his opponents and was good at it.


During this time, Ryan bought a baler and baled his dad’s hay for several years; however, that did not help him get into the habit of getting up early. After school and during the summer, he worked for master mechanic, Ken Fowles, in his shop. He learned a lot from Ken and also from a brief stint at Droubay Chevrolet. After graduating from Delta High School, he worked for Pozziletic and then at Ryan Palmer’s Autobody Shop in Manti. He really enjoyed his association with the Palmer family: Guy, Lynda and Ryan.

He married the love of his life, Natalee Yates, on November 20, 1998, in Delta. They had two beautiful sons, Jaden and Jordan. After a few years, they moved from Manti to Delta, and Ryan started ‘Tippetts Custom Services’, harvesting and delivering food to local dairies. When several of those dairies went bankrupt, he was forced to close TCS. He then opened ‘Finishing Touch Autobody’ and ran it successfully until 2007. Ryan and Natalee moved to the Ogden area, and he started painting and remodeling houses for a while, then worked for several years at Buttars Tractor in Tremonton. Most recently, Ryan owned and operated his own business, ‘SCA Appraisals,’ providing bids on damaged vehicles; and I also rented some farm land, enjoying coming back to Delta to work it.

Ryan’s proudest achievement in life was being a family man. He was a devoted son of his parents and always treated them with respect. He also had a great relationship with his siblings, Nilton and Regina. With the help of his wife, he loved to cook good food for family gatherings. Ryan and Natalee had a one-in-a-million marriage and loved being together, whether it was cooking, camping, or going to Delta to farm. Together they have raised two honorable children and have three beautiful grandchildren.

Ryan always supported his wife in her passions of painting, crafts, and exercise. He loved seeing her do well in every effort of hers. He also loved going to his son Jaden’s band concerts. He was so proud of the accomplished guitarist Jaden has become. Ryan gave everything to take care of his son Jordan, who has developmental problems. He went further, with his wife always by his side.

Ryan loved and appreciated his in-laws, the Clyde family and Donetta Yates. He had fond memories of working with his brother-in-law, Matt, delivering food to dairies. He also looked forward to the big gatherings in the Yates desert at Easter time. Ryan also enjoyed golfing with his mother-in-law, Clyde. We still don’t know who is the best golfer.

We will miss Ryan so much. His passing has left a great void in our lives and hearts. Your mom and sister, Regina, will miss your trips to Vegas and spending time with you. Your brother, Nilton, will miss farming, hunting, and talking to you about firearms. Your dad is going to miss talking to you on the phone and your visits to the farm. Your wife, Natalee, will miss your steady hand and especially your unwavering love. Your boys, Jaden and Jordan, are going to miss your example of what a man should be. We love you so much! Until we meet again.

Ryan is survived by his wife, Natalee; children: Jaden (BreAnn) Tippetts and Jordan Tippetts; grandchildren: Jade Tippetts, Brooklyn Tippetts, and Brennon Tippetts; father: Lee (Marcia) Tippetts; mother: Sandra Regina Gutto Tippetts; brother: Nilton (Angela) Tippetts; sister: Regina Tippetts (Chad); grandmother: Rosa Gutto; stepbrothers: Jared and Darren Johnson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Reid and Mary Tippetts; grandfather: Domingos Gutto.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 2 pm in the Sutherland LDS Chapel. The tours will take place at both Sutherland LDS Church, Friday night, 6-8 pm; and Saturday, from 12:30 to 1:40 p.m., prior to the service. Those unable to attend in person are invited to view the recorded video of the funeral. The link will be posted with his obituary on www.nicklemortuary.com on Saturday night. Burial in Sutherland Cemetery.

The sudden and changing nature of Ryan’s death has altered the foundation of our family. Many have reached out and asked how to help during this time. If you are able and comfortable doing so, we would really appreciate any donation, large or small, to celebrate his life. Donation via Venmo: @Nickle-Mortuary | Preferred code: 8160.